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//fallingskies.com 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.

 
  • Madeline

    I want to know how the Killing finale did…

  • Mike

    My only problem with this show is its only 10 episodes with 2 hour season premier and finale… so it will only be on 8 weeks a year…

    TNT should either shorten the wait by doing 10 episode season in summer then 10 episode season sometime around feb or something… Or simply just give it a full season of around 16 to 18 episodes like what leverage gets

  • Simon

    Still pretty good, still a hit for TNT. If it keeps this up for the next few episodes we’ll see a 3rd season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Mike: if game six of the NBA finals is necessary, yes. it would air Sunday at 8pm.

  • Simon

    @Mike
    They need time to plan, write and produce each episode. Hence the long year wait between seasons.

  • tvfreak

    How sad. I hope the rest of the season does better. And that it doesn’t suffer on the 4th of July weekend, the way it didn’t last year.

  • tvfreak

    @Mike: 16-18 episodes? I don’t know about that. I sure wouldn’t want FS to fall victim to snail’s pacing the way The Walking Dead does.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    it’s kind of funny that folks are getting freaked out about these numbers. Up against the US Open and NBA Finals it still performed at a level where it’s tied for TNT’s highest-rated drama with adults 18-49.

  • Mike

    they dont have to fall to slow pacing if they have smart writers

  • Simon

    @Robert Seidman
    Same thing happened last year I believe when it got 4 1.5′s in the demo in a row, people were calling it a flop.

  • tvfreak

    @Robert: Like you said, we the viewers were too optimistic in our guesses. No wonder some of us are distressed!

  • John A

    Not great but good start.

  • metangel

    @Mike Leverage has been on for 4 seasons now and July will start their 5th. Amazing considering the lack of promotion it receives from TNT. If Leverage had the promtional support of its network, it would be bigger than Falling Skies. Have not seen one promo for the new season coming up during prime-time viewing hours. The few people who have, commented that it was way early in the morning (6am-8am EST). Sad for such a well written show.

  • jordan

    The ratings are fine but stop with the excuses again. Are you serious about blaming the NBA Finals and Golf? The Walking Dead had to go against SNF every week and that gets the ratings that the NBA Finals get. They had to go against full competition with the networks and cable and still got huge ratings. Falling Skies is on in the summer with less competition. It’s just not as huge a hit. It’s rating are solid but stop saying they did well considering they had to go against the Finals. The ratings are what they are. I don’t care what the competition is. Everyone says the same predictable thing every week. Stop making excuses for why shows are down. I bet it won’t go up even when the NBA Finals are done. I bet plenty of other shows weren’t down even going again the Finals last night.

  • Jonathan

    Those Dallas numbers are looking better and better! haha

  • John A

    God haters already at it. Most shows on TNT barely average a 1.0 demo people.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Jordan: you had me at “the ratings are fine.” They are!

    there’s no debate TWD is the *much* better-rated show, but there are also a lot more people watching TV in the fall in general. In any case, I bet you’re wrong and the ratings WILL go up after the NBA finals though I wouldn’t actually bet on that happening before the season finale and might change my mind before then! But for now I’d be willing to bet the season finale will out rate the premiere.

  • Mike

    @metangel

    yea leverage is a really good show

  • jordan

    And TNT is not network TV. They are not just about the 18-49. They definitely care a lot about the 25-54. Dallas, Closer and Rizzole do just as well as this show. Falling Skies compared to the other big genre hits on cable skews much older. 4.5 million viewers with only a 1.5 is old compared to TWD, AHS, TB and GOT.

  • jordan

    @Robert

    every show gets highest ratings in its premiere and finale. So the finale may go up a little bit. I never pay attention to premieres or finales. All of the episodes besides the finale I bet will not go up. More people watch premieres or finales live especially when its a two hour show. I want to see what it does consistently throughout the season with regular episodes. Almost every show goes up for the finale.

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