TNT's 'Dallas' Rides Tall with 6.9 Million Viewers, Ranking as the Year's Number 1 Scripted Cable Premiere

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June 14th, 2012

via press release:

Last night's eagerly anticipated premiere of TNT's Dallas struck it rich with 6,863,000 viewers, to rank as the #1 scripted series premiere on all of cable for the year-to-date. This marks the third consecutive summer TNT has scored a chart-topping series launch, following Rizzoli & Isles in 2010 and Falling Skies in 2011.

Competitively, TNT was #1 for the night among basic cable networks, with a 3.7 metered-market household rating. Dallas also outperformed all broadcast network programs head-to-head from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. On the demo front, Dallas drew 1,926,000 adults 18-49 and 2,482,000 adults 25-54.

About TNT's Dallas
The one and only Dallas is back with more great drama. J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with their arsenal of secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. The battle for power, love and Southfork erupts in the new Dallas on TNT, airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The exciting drama stars Josh Henderson as John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing; Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher, Bobby’s adopted son; Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, John Ross’ girlfriend; Julie Gonzalo as Rebecca Sutter, Christopher’s fiancee; and Brenda Strong as Bobby’s wife, Ann. They are joined by the original series’ iconic stars: Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with pilot writer Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. TNT’s Dallas is based upon the series created by David Jacobs.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Major Crimes, Perception and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer 's The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (w.t.) and 72 Hours (w.t.). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

  • Marsinvestigations1

    Alan, I’m 25 and I know Dallas…

  • Overdamoon

    Do people still think that trending means something? The subject of trending is not very familiar: to trend you only need to have a big traffic compared to your standard average.It doesn’t measure the absolute numbers of tweets. A new show will always trend.

    It was coast-to-coast across 3-hour time zone. And TNT aired their 2-hour premiere TWICE so you can literally watch it for 4 hours. So it already showed up trending @ 6-7PM PST when the show wasn’t even on, all the way until 11PM PST, which is 2AM on the East coast

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Chris: >>> Remember the Knight Rider remake? <<<

    C'mon! You're comparing "Dallas" to "Knight Rider?" "Knight Rider" was about a f/ing car! I have children who watched the original "Dallas" growing up and now they are in their early 30s. Without some of the major characters, and Larry, Patrick and Linda WERE the three biggest stars on the original show, they wouldn't be watching a completely new version.

    TV was invented before I was born, but I have always had respect for older shows, older music as well as the current things that folks my own age liked. Some of you young people don't have respect for somethings that are more than 10 minutes old. You can't find ANY channel where a stationary camera is focused on something longer than four seconds long! Something always has to be going on in the background or on the lower-third of the screen. It's Short-Attention-Span Disorder. But, it's not your fault. Blame Bob Pitman and the other people who created MTV. The former music video network changed television viewing for everyone forever.

  • jt

    I would say the ratings is par for the course. Real test is down the road.
    Not really interested in watching but may try to catch the re-run.
    I’m more of “Dynasty” fan ;)

  • Marsinvestigations1

    Jt. Me too. A dynasty revamp would be amazing. A trashy soap that knew exactly what it was. Almost fr the beginning.

  • craig

    I think the show was fantastic, as for the numbers it blew away most of the other shows on last night on broadcast television.

  • silvit


    According to Dallas got 146,000 mentions (twitter+FB+getglue and others). A show like Pretty Little Liars gets much more than that. It got almost 700,000 mentions.

    According to Bluefin Labs it got 70,000 mentions (I don’t know which social media are included)

    According to socialguide it got a total of 50,000 mentions.

    All these are numbers that the many shows beat easily.

  • Joe

    I loved it. Although I predicted 2.0 I think it will stick. I also think that word of mouth will bring more viewers. I loved everything about it including the MUSIC!!!! I just loved seeing my idol J.R. He is the man!!!!

  • Mitch

    I have often wondered what characters in some of my favorite cancelled shows would be up to if the show was still in production. Dallas is exactly what I thought it would be. It’s like it never went off the air. JR is still great, but evil. Bobby is still naive, but good. Their sons are relfections of them. There was so much deception and trickery in this premiere that I cannot wait to see what happens next. Jordanna Brewster is the standout among the new blood on the show. They need to find something more for Ray and Lucy than just guests at a wedding. When is Cliff Barnes coming to start some trouble? Hmmm, are Gary and Val still in California? They may have to update Knots Landing also. Well, maybe not.

  • Stephen judson

    By all means this is a success. There only other successful show that is going past this season is Rizzoli & Isles. Dallas really needs to maintain this to see a season two, which it most likely will.

  • alffan

    Dallas was so much better than it could have been.

    I think the show skewed a bit older but that’s not unexpected.

    The opening credits and theme were good except I agree I would’ve liked the pictures like the old show.

    One thing that many of the younger folks who didn’t watch the original don’t realize: Dallas was the show that created the cliffhanger with “Who Shot J.R.”

    While daytime soaps had that practice, Dallas was the show that did that cliffhanger and made you wait 3 months to find out. Now, it’s become common practice on nearly every prime time drama (and many times) comedy series.

    For those of you who watch tv today, you can thank Dallas for being the innovator there.

    The set up on J.R. was great. He looked almost senile and then all of a sudden he’s behind this scam. It was classic television…

    BTW, I know why I like Revenge… it has the twists and turns we’ve been missing since shows like this.


  • DougF

    Correct me if i’m wrong but i’m almost positive Walking Dead had better numbers than that.

    I know the season finale had 8,991,000 viewers and a 4.7 18-49

  • John


    Yeah TWD did better, but thats a different network, AMC and TNT aren’t the same, the ratings Dallas got is good for TNT.

  • DougF


    Ya I get that but TNT clearly says

    “via press release:

    Last night’s eagerly anticipated premiere of TNT’s Dallas struck it rich with 6,863,000 viewers, to rank as the #1 scripted series premiere on all of cable for the year-to-date”

    Not year to date on TNT. But year to date on all of Cable

  • Tillman123

    All right, where is this 1.5 coming from? All I see is 1.9 18-49 and 2.4 in 25-54.

  • Polar Bear

    out of all the shows on American tv, they choose this soapy crap? House is much better

  • Sid Kaminsky

    Can’t wait for MAJOR CRIMES to come on.

  • Honeystuff

    I loved watching Dallas last night! I disagree with the naysayers who predict the ratings will only decline going forward. I predict the ratings will, in fact, increase and; by significant numbers. My only complaint is there were too many commercials and, while Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher is nice look at, his acting could use improving. All in all I give the Dallas premiere a 9 out of 10. LOVED IT! And, I am in that 18-49 demo group.

  • Tree Huggin Hippie

    My wife and I are 28 and 27 respectively and we thought it was great! Will definately watch this summer.

  • Fra

    @Bill or @ Sarah
    I just want to know something: TNT is a cable channel… so do they care only about 18-49 like Nbc,abc…. or they have special interest also for 25-54 and total viewers too?
    Because if they care only about 18-49… a 1.5 is a good result. Not fabolous but great for a CABLE. It’s not on CBS!!! It’s on a CABLE… and they still can grow from that… like Walking dead and Falling skies did last year with their season finale.
    If they care also for 25-54 and total viewers… it’s a really great start… and it will stick around for sure :D

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