'The Closer' Finishes with 9.1 Million Viewers; 'Major Crimes' Bows to 7.2 Million

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August 14th, 2012

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9.1 Million Viewers Tune In to Say Goodbye to TNT's The Closer

New Series Major Crimes Follows with 7.2 Million Viewers,
Making it Cable's Top New Series Launch of 2012

With Major Crimes, Dallas and Perception,
TNT Now Claims Cable's Top 3 New Series Launches for the Year-to-Date

TNT's blockbuster series The Closer ended its extraordinary seven-season run last night with 9,075,000 viewers in Live + Same Day, making it cable's #1 series telecast for the summer-to-date.

The Closer's finale was followed by the debut of TNT's newest drama, Major Crimes, which brought in 7,184,000 viewers in Live + Same Day to rank as cable's #1 new series launch for the year-to-date. TNT has now charted cable's Top 3 new series launches of 2012, with Major Crimes followed by the June 13 premiere of Dallas (6.9 million viewers) and the July 9 debut of Perception (5.6 million viewers).

Since premiering in 2005, The Closer has assembled a remarkable string of successes. The award-winning drama is the only series in cable history to rank #1 for five consecutive years, which it did from 2005 to 2009. This year, The Closer is once again topping the charts as cable's most-watched series for the summer-to-date.

Within the pantheon of The Closer's many highly rated episodes, last night's series finale is the drama's second-most-watched episode ever. It ranks closely behind the show's September 2007 midseason finale, which drew 9,207,000 viewers in Live + Same Day. The finale is expected to surpass that episode's Live + 7 delivery (9,948,000) when final data becomes available in two weeks.

Among key demos, last night's finale of The Closer averaged more than 2 million adults 18-49 and 2.7 million adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day. The premiere of Majo r Crimes brought in 1.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.0 million adults 25-54. In both demos, it now ranks behind Dallas among cable's top new drama series launches for the year-to-date, with Perception coming in third among adults 25-54.

Starting next Monday, Major Crimes will move into The Closer's timeslot at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by all-new episodes of Perception at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

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 faced their final cases together as the record-breaking blockbuster series starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick came to an end. Sedgwick has been 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 Phillip P. Keene as audio-visual technician Buzz Watson. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell also starred in The Closer as Captain Sharon Raydor, the role she continues to play in Major Crimes.

The Closer is produ ced for TNT by The Shephard/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 Major Crimes
TNT's all-new drama series Major Crimes is taking television's favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell stars in the series, continuing her Emmy®-nominated role from The Closer. Joining her are fellow Closer veterans G.W . Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene. In addition, Robert Gossett, Jon Tenney and Jonathan Del Arco will guest-star in several episodes. The series also stars Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty, a homeless juvenile whose character will be introduced in the final episode of The Closer, and Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan. While The Closer's focus has been on the lead character's uncanny ability to secure airtight confessions from suspects, Major Crimes centers on what it ta kes to secure an airtight conviction.

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The Closer's James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, and Rick W allace serve as executive producers on the new series.

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 Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming 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 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 Champ ionship.

  • Max

    A18-49 guesses for both shows?

  • rob60990

    I think its around a 1.6 in A18-49. Damn didn’t expect over 9 million.

  • NBC is awesome

    i think that’s the same that Monk got for his finale a couple years ago.

  • Kissan

    Damn The Closer with 9 million and Major Crimes with 7 million. Probably why Grimm had 5 million for their season 2 premiere but that’s pretty good.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Max: you can calculate the 18-49 rating by taking the #of “viewers” 18-49 and dividing it by 1.279 million (FYI, that number will change in a couple of weeks when new Nielsen estimates for the 2012-13 season are released).

    Because TNT rounded the viewers 18-49 in the release, it’s not exact (we’ll have the exact number in the daily cable ratings post for Monday) but it’s way better than a guess and Rob is correct – around a 1.6 A18-49 rtg for The Closer and ~1.2 for Major Crimes.

  • Jared

    TNT is on fire this summer..should fans of Franklin & Bash be worried about its chances of renewal?.

  • little_big_man

    The numbers sound so huge…but actually the finale barely beat regular episodes of Falling Skies in A18-49…and the MC premiere didn’t even manage that…

  • Dennis

    SO Major Crimes gets a 1.2 with 7.2 million viewers and Falling Skies gets a 1.3 with 3.3 million viewers.


  • Sid

    Good launch for Major Crimes!

  • steve

    It’ll be interesting to see how major crimes does in coming weeks. As I felt it was bit flat and imho it just wasn’t the same without kyra

  • Joe

    It’s not network TV. It’s cable. 18-49 demo is not all that matters. In fact, 25-54 demo matters more for TNT. Stop talking about the demo on cable every second. Falling Skies loses to multiples shows on TNT in viewers and 25-54. Falling Skies is not the huge hit some of you think it is. Do you understand how cable works? So Falling Skies wins in one area but loses on two other areas. And genre shows skew younger while crime shows or period pieces skew older. This is not hard to figure out already.

  • Dennis

    @Joe TNT is basic cable so they do infact care alot about the 18-49 demo actually. Get your facts straight.

    Falling skies is basic cable’s number 1 show in the 18-49 demo for 2 years running and is TNT’s #1 show in that demo this year again beating all TNT’s other scripted drama’s.

    So yes, it is the big hit its made out to be

  • Jane

    I just find it sad that viewers over 49 aren’t worth anything. Millions of viewers of Major Crimes just discounted like they don’t matter. what? People over 50 don’t buy anything? Ridiculous.

  • silvit


    yes, they should.

  • brian

    Well, we all know what old people were watching last night! Besides franklin and bash, None of TNT shows appeal to me at all.

  • brian


    Are you sure? I can think of 10 shows right off the top of my head, That beat a 1.3 week after week after week. I know R@I and The closer have beaten it the last 2 years, maybe more let alone, The walking dead, SOA, American Horror Story. Etc. So yea, no way in hell Falling sucks, is the number 1 show on cable

  • bufftufff

    I see no reason for the Closer to end other than the head honcho at TNT going cheap and wanting to cut costs.

    Major Crimes is OK, I always liked the individual unit dudes, but the Brenda Leigh Johnson character is one of the most interestingly dramatic cable characters created this century.

    The closure/ending seemed rushed and contrived. I will definitely miss “the Closer”. MC is just an appetizer, the Closer was the main course.

  • bufftnbeefy

    Numbers are numbers. Major Crimes won’t score any higher in the demos.

    The Closer was classic TV drama, plain and simple.

    It told a story and told that story well. Plots were well written, executed and acted.

    Should have never ended so abruptly

  • silvit


    It told a story and told that story well.

    And that’s why it had to end. While I agree that the end was a bit abrupt, it was also a long time coming for the character. We all knew they had to find the perfect way to let the character move on.

    It was a show with CLASS, that over time developed its “personality” with a great female character for once. But better end it before it overstayed its welcome and being ruined.

    I think it was the best show TNT has ever had and I think this will be true for the years to come.

  • silvit


    All TNT shows are mostly for old people. The 18-34 ratio is very low. Turner company had other channels geared to them (TBS, AdultSwim). TNT is the Turner channel for the older crowd.

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