TNT's 'Falling Skies' Ratings Down in Second Season Premiere

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June 18th, 2012



Among adults 18-49, Falling Skies earned a 1.5 rating, which is down from last year's 2.0 premiere rating.  Our polled readers were too optimistic in their predictions. Blame Lebron?

via press release:

TNT's Falling Skies Launches Second Season with 4.5 Million Viewers

TNT's epic drama series Falling Skies, basic cable's #1 new series last year, launched its second season Sunday night with strong numbers. The two-hour season premiere drew  4,461,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery. Falling Skies, which comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg and stars Noah Wyle, helped TNT rank as basic cable's #1 network for the night with a 2.3 household rating according to early metered-market data.

The second-season premiere of Falling Skies is expected to grow to more than 6 million viewers when final Live + 7 deliveries are available. Among key adult demos, Falling Skies drew 1,869,000 adults 18-49 and 2,199,000 adults 25-54 (L+SD).

About TNT's Falling Skies
Basic cable's #1 new series of 2011 is back with its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star in the series, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)on TNT. In addition to Spielberg, Falling Skies is executive-produced by DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.

Following the East Coast premiere of each episode of Falling Skies, fans can go online to http// to catch a new installment of 2nd Watch, hosted by Wil Wheaton. The 15-minute digital talk show features discussions about each week's episodes, interviews with special guests from the cast and crew, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fan questions, trivia and more.

  • The Original J

    Still huge numbers for cable, but most of us were wildly optimistic in our predictions.

  • Max

    So, what actually performed better? This or Dallas?

  • Baqinardo

    1.5 against NBA and Golf. Not bad.
    Same #s with Dallas series premiere.
    Hope there’ll be an hourly ratings in tomorrow daily cable ratings.

  • Dennis

    Dallas was better.

  • Willie

    I thought Dallas did better?

  • Silvio

    Was spot on with my prediction (1.5 A18-49 with 4.5 million total viewers).

    That’s acceptable vs NBA finals … but TNT inflicted that pain to themselves … they could push premiere to later date.

  • Robert Seidman

    Dallas did much better in total viewers, but only a teeny tiny bit better with adults 18-49 where they both wound up with a 1.5 rtg.

  • halloween

    epic fail

  • Colin

    Third season guaranteed. Nothing else matters.

  • Mike

    not bad against nba finals they could have pushed back the premier date though…

  • KarenM

    Considering you had to wait a year for it to return this isn’t surprising at all!

  • LJ

    a 1.5 on cable will keep the lights on. Go Renewal Squirrel!

  • KarenM

    I didn’t watch Dallas but those who did liked it. Soap operas just aren’t my cup of tea anymore.

  • Pete

    Not bad. Heavy competition didn’t help.

  • Jonathan

    If this isn’t just a sports-related anomaly, TNT will have another miss on their hands comparatively. There are more cable shows doing poorly (well, less great) this summer than in recent memory.

  • DGH


    I think you need to look up the definition of “epic”.

  • RJ

    My guess was a 1.6 demo. Not too far off.

  • cimmer

    Well, I guess we’ll see next week if this rating is a result of the NBA and Masters.

  • Mike


    How is the a fail at all??

    its ratings are beating TNT’s other shows ratings and just because it wasnt a 2.0 means nothing…

    for the next episode will it be up against NBA??

  • Robert Seidman

    I have to agree with Silvio (and applaud him for nailing his prediction) but I’m disappointed he didn’t grade the press release.

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