TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles' Closes Out Summer with 6 Million Viewers, Largest Audience for Season 3

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August 15th, 2012

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TNT's Rizzoli & Isles Closes Out Summer with 6 Million Viewers,
Largest Audience for Season 3

TNT's hit series Rizzoli & Isles closed out its summer run last night with 6 million viewers, the drama's largest Live + Same Day audience of the season. That's up 36% over the previous episode and +7% over last year's summer finale. Rizzoli & Isles currently ranks third behind TNT's The Closer and Major Crimes among basic cable's most-watched scripted series this summer.

Rizzoli & Isles also showed solid demo growth over its most recent episode, with 1.6 million adults 18-49 (+55%) and 2.0 million adults 25-54 (+49%). Compared to last year's summer finale, the episode was up 21% with adults 18-49 and 10% with adults 25-54.

Last night's performance by Rizzoli & Isles brings its Live + Same Day average this summer to 5.4 million viewers, 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54. The show has grown considerably through time-shifted viewing, with the first eight episodes averaging more than 8 million viewers in Live + 7, including 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 2.9 million adults 25-54. Rizzoli & Isles is set to return this November to finish up its third season.

About Rizzoli & Isles
TNT's Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as television's smartest (and most attractive) crime-solving duo. Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that lets them solve complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli  & Isles also stars Lee Thompson Young, Bruce McGill, Jordan Bridges, Brian Goodman and Lorraine Bracco. The series comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television and is executive-produced by Janet Tamaro of Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber of Ostar Productions, as well as Michael Katleman.

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 Championship.

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

  • silvit

    Well, last year it was against the first game of the NFL, which was hugely anticipated.

    In a nutshell, it got almost the same demo of the penultimate episode aired, which is more of a fair comparison since the latest one was against the Olympics and greatly affected by it.

    At this point Falling Skies will get great ratings for its finale.

    F&B almost canceled.

  • rob60990

    Guess Franklin & Bash didn’t do so good.

  • SAK

    Nice job Rizzoli and Isles.

  • Joey

    Nice for R&I. This was not even a season finale (it is back in November to do that) and it had no cliffhanger but a good kidnapping of Isles by a serial killer. Yeah nothing said about F&B which my guess would be not good for a renewal.

  • KarenM

    I guess this doesn’t bode well for WC’s ratings.

  • Ann

    Nice to see it was up from last year and this year it goes against America’s Got Talent time slot so good for R&I. I guess it could survivie with out it’s lead in of the Closer because many people said that it could not. Strong Women will do that, ;)

  • david

    Good to see R and I go up for the end of its summer run. Oh and if you did not know starting next week i believe TNT will have the show on every week day at 11 AM.

  • Ann

    Thanks David! I did not know they were doing that. I wonder how long of a run it will get on TNT?

  • Come on

    wheres wednesdays cable ratings! what the lump…..

  • Kissan

    @Come on

    U mean Tuesday cable ratings. I know right where r they?

  • Jocko

    Still huge gap in the ratings that matter and the numbers that do not. It’s the cable Matlock.

  • Ann

    @ Jocko it does well for TNT look at Major crimes it had even more total viewers with less in the 18-49 demo. Clearly TNT looks at something other then the 18-49 demo because Falling Skies is the best in that demo but I do not think R&I is a flop for TNT. I think it is one of there better shows FS being the best.

  • silvit


    It’s a standard procedural crime. The gap can only be huge. Don’t know how many people can watch the same crime procedurals over and over again, but they obviously do (look at the CBS dramas).

    The Closer, which was a character driven show, but still very procedural in its nature, was very older skewing too. It’s the rule.

  • Vince

    KarenM: White Collar grew a little since two week hiatus on overall and remained strong / constant in best dems so no worries.

  • John

    Angie Harmon on TV everything is right with the World!!!!

  • Jill N

    I love Rizzoli and Isles. Why is everyone always going on about the 18-49 demo on it though? Yes,compared to the amount of viewers it gets it does skew older but that is like most police procedurals on TNT I beleive. The fact is it was getting 1.2’s most recently (accept for the one episode during the Olympics) and this episode got a 1.3 for a basic cable scripted drama I think that is pretty good, correct? I have seen other shows pulling the 1.3 and people say it is great. I just do not understand why some (not saying people on here) say it is not???

  • silvit

    @Jill N

    I answered you in the cable ratings post.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    R&I isn’t going anywhere… It’s fine.

  • Al

    @Jocko – the 18-49 demo is not the be-all-end-all for cable shows. I’ve heard a couple of cable showrunners say that 25-54 is just as important. Consumerism is alive and well with folks between 25 and 54.

  • Yu..


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