TNT's 'The Closer' Returns with 6.1 Million Viewers as New Drama 'Perception' Launches with 5.6 Million Viewers

Categories: Network TV Press Releases

Written By

July 10th, 2012

via press release:

TNT's The Closer Returns with 6.1 Million Viewers as
New Drama Perception Launches with 5.6 Million Viewers

The Closer Scores Cable's Top Returning Drama Telecast of the Summer;
Perception Joins TNT's Dallas among Cable's Top Series Launches of 2012

TNT's blockbuster series The Closer returned for the first of six final episodes last night, drawing 6.1 million viewers, this summer's largest Live + Same Day audience for a returning cable drama. The Closer was followed by the series premiere of TNT's new drama Perception, which drew 5.6 million viewers and now ranks behind TNT's Dallas on the list of cable's top series launches for the year-to-date.

Among key demos, The Closer averaged 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 1.7 million adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day. The premiere of Perception brought in 1.1 million adults 18-49 and ranks behind Dallas as cable's #2 drama series launch among adults 25-54 (1.5 million).

About TNT's The Closer
For seven memorable seasons, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and the LAPD’s Major Crimes unit have closed some of television’s most intriguing, mind-bending and surprising cases. This summer, Johnson and her team face their final cases together as the record-breaking blockbuster series starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick comes to an end. Sedgwick is joined by The Closer’s extraordinary Screen Actors Guild Award®–nominated cast includes Jon Tenney as Brenda’s husband, FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard; J.K. Simmons as Police Chief Will Pope; Corey Reynolds as Detective Sergeant David Gabriel; Robert Gossett as Commander Taylor; G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza; Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez and < b style="font-size: 12px;">Phillip P. Keene as audio-visual technician Buzz Watson. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell also stars Captain Sharon Raydor, the role she will continue TNT’s new series Major Crimes, which is slated to premiere right after The Closer's Aug. 13 series finale.

The Closer is produced for TNT by The Shephar d/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by James Duff, who serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Kyra Sedgwick and Rick Wallace.

About TNT's Perception
It's mind-over-murder as Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack stars in this all-new drama series about an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, with Rachael Leigh Cook as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases; Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki, who serves as Pierce's teaching assistant; Kelly Rowan as Natalie Vincent, Daniel's best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton plays Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend.

Perception, which comes to TNT from ABC Studios, was created by executive producer Ken Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Enterprise), with McCormack serving as producer.

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, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming series Major Crimes and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer's The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is th e 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 champio nship 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.


  • Thomas

    6.1 million viewers but only 1.2 within the demo. Man, that sounds somewhat insane.

  • Max

    Is TNT’s target demo NOT 18-49 but more 25-54 or something? They seem to really like to discuss that demographic, unless it is all for show and PR reasons.

  • John A

    So The Closer got a 1.0 in demo? That is old skewing. I thought this show was a bigger hit than Dallas or Falling Skies.

  • jnk

    R&I drew a 1.3 million last week in the 18-49 demo with cable and broadcast ratings down for everyone with the pre holiday and people say how old a skew. Closer seems even older and Perception had even lower 1.1 million.

  • DW

    it is in terms of total viewers but in demo its about a 1.0

  • silvit

    @John A

    It was. But it’s a show in its 8th year, it’s normal that it’s becoming more older skewing every year.

    It its first years it used to get 1.8-2.0 in the demo.

  • hubertwentland5

    wow, THIS old? but the cable nets don’t find the 18-49 demo so important, right?

  • dj

    Each cable network has their own demo that they want to appeal to. TNT is not worried about the 18-49 demo, they seem to be more focused on 25-54. Adult 18-49 is usually only the main concern for broadcast network. Most networks are gender specific like Lifetime, Oxygen, WE for women and ESPN, Spike, MTV2 for men..

  • HT

    It’s not really old in the real world, which is where advertisers need to learn that most 18-49 yr olds with money to spend, go to the gym, dinner, drinks, yoga class, life of an evening.

  • silvit


    R&I IS older skewing. It should get bigger demo numbers given the viewers it gets. It’s older skewing than Dallas and Falling Skies for example. Not to mention very older skewing compared to the average cable drama on the other channels.

    The Closer has aged every year. The total numbers are similar to the numbers it used to get 3-4 years ago.

    Perception is the real problem. New and already older skewing with a low demo.

  • SAC

    What was Perceptions demo and where does this place the Closer and Perception in the line with the other TNT shows. I think FS, Dallas and R&I all do that much or better in the 18-49 and 25-54. Does anyone know by 18-49 and 25-54 which TNT show is the best in each Demo? My guess is FS in 18-49 and R&I in 25-54.

  • Max


    I figured TNT concentrated more on 25-54. It makes sense when you see the lineup of shows they put out and what they opt to buy to air repeats of.

  • SAC

    @Silvit why does everyone say R&I is TNT’s new flagship show then if it so bad in the ratings fro TNT?

    I do like R&I but I understand your point to JNK it does skew older. Thanks for the past few weeks of answers by the way!

  • silvit


    Perception demo= 1.1 million = 0.9 rating

    The Closer is still one of the best TNT performers.

    FS does better than the Closer, the others not so much. They get the same demo of the Closer (excluding rounding).

    Dallas still has to level off.

    Your guesses are correct. Only that as far as live numbers, The Closer ties R&I in the 25-54(at least for now).

  • Rod

    Was Perception good?

  • silvit

    Everyone??? Do you mean TNT press release? PR reason. R&I does exceptionally well as far as total viewers are concerned, so in the press releases TNT brags about them. Just like they are doing now with The Closer and Perception numbers (see the bold parts in their press release). But TNT perfectly knows that they underperformed, especially Perception. Just like they did in the past with shows they canceled in the end.

    I never said it does bad for TNT if you were referring to me. Only that other shows does better where it counts.

    It would be better if it had less total viewers but better demo. Its total viewers are already huge, they can’t improve them to have better demo. Falling Skies and Dallas both have much lower total viewers yet better demo. That’s the point.

    You’re welcome. ;-)

  • david

    I think the people say that because it has the most amount of viewers around 5.3 million or so every week since it has been back now. and since The Closer is ending in a few weeks they could use R and I as a lead off show because it has so many viewers. and so far it seems to be a good pair with F and B this season.

  • Wes

    Perception was great.

  • silvit



  • FlabbyKneeCapsOfDeath

    I think any cable program that can pull 0.9-1.1 18-49 is safe and considered a hit these days. If they pile on older viewers too, all the better.

    That said, I don’t know how anyone, regardless of age or demographic, could listen to KS’s voice for more than 2 minutes without going insane.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures