'Major Crimes' Renewed by TNT for Second Season

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September 27th, 2012

via press release:

TNT Books Second Season of Cable's #1 New Drama,
Major Crimes

 has renewed its hit original series Major Crimes, the year's #1 new cable drama. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of the Warner Bros. Television crime drama, which features two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell leading an outstanding ensemble cast. Major Crimes currently airs Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT, with the first season finale slated for mid-October and the second season scheduled to roll out in summer 2013.

"With Major Crimes, James Duff and his amazing production team have crafted an incredibly entertaining show that not only honors the spirit of The Closer, but also stands alone with its own voice and spirit," said Michael Wrig ht, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Week after week, Major Crimes has drawn millions of fans with its combination of sharp writing and engaging characters brought to life by what can only be described as one of the best acting ensembles on television. We look forward to another season of this remarkable new drama."

With an audience of nearly 7 million viewers, Major Crimes ranks as cable's #1 new series for the year-to-date. It also holds position as one of basic cable's Top 3 new dramas with key adult demos, averaging 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.1 million adults 25-54. Among all original series on cable, Major Crimes ranks third behind TNT's The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles for the quarter-to-date. In addition, the series' Aug. 13 premiere audience of 9.5 million viewers set a new record as basic cable's most-watched series launch ever.

With the renewal of Major Crimes, TNT has now gone three-for-three when it comes to ordering second seasons of its new scripted dramas. The network previously renewed its hit primetime drama Dallas, which brought together iconic stars from the original series with a new generation of cast members. More recently, TNT renewed the crime drama Perception, starring Eric McCormack.

  • Esdru

    What about Leverage?

  • Herb Finn

    was there any dobut it wouldn’t be renewed? :

  • Dan

    TNT is 3 for 3 with Dallas, Perception and Major Crimes. I think Leverage was renewed already.

  • Lori

    I was a big Closer fan and find Major Crimes to be really boring. And @Dan, I don’t believe Perception is doing well at all, not even for TNT.

  • Silvio

    Leverage is not renewed yet. It has 5 more episodes to air in winter … which will bring total number of episodes to 77 … just short of magic number 88 … so it’s expected to be renewed for Season 6. But looking at ratings (something like 0.75 A18-49 over 10 summer episodes), it shouldn’t come as surprise if that turns out to be final season.

  • Richard

    after breaking bad ends they need to make a tuco miniseries

  • Martin

    Knew it was going to be renewed but the ratings and total viewers keep on dropping, and I am guessing the next episode will be even lower with broadcast back.

  • ethan

    Franklyn and Bash?????

  • Hillbilly

    The relationship between the lady & the boy seems more like he wants to have sex with her than a motherly son relationship. :???:

  • Nadine

    Perception’s fine. It’s been renewed.

  • Jon

    I think Leverage will get renewed, I’d like it if TNT were able to give it an extended final season like what they did with The Closer where it got 21 episodes which were split over two years, I could see Leverage getting a similar order, maybe 23 episodes with 13 episodes for 2013 and 10 episodes for 2014.

  • Silvio


    Franklin & Bash :oops:

    They renewed Major Crimes now and 4 shows before (Dallas, Falling Skies, Perception, Rizzoli & Isles).
    TNT also picked drama Monday Mornings to series and ordered 4 pilots (The Last Ship, King and Maxwell, Legends, Trooper).
    Kind of hard to imagine there will be room in schedule for Franklin & Bash. And it’s 6 weeks since season ended and still no word … not a good sign.

  • Dan

    @Lori…I meant fine in the sense that Perception was renewed like Dallas and Major Crimes though Dallas and MC have a better chance of getting third years. I think Franklin & Bash is done soon and TNT is working out a deal to renew Leverage for a sixth and final year.

  • Tom

    I agree with @Silvio on Leverage. I suspect they’ll get it to syndication numbers. Leverage, from the start, has been written as a show they knew would play well in syndication. There are sub-plots but they don’t eat up much of each episode and a person who doesn’t understand them can easily enjoy an episode for the standalone “con”.

    That said I don’t see the show going much further than that. Costs are a killer by season 6 and Leverage really doesn’t have the ratings to support it. Particularly Timothy Hutton, who was already a fairly big star when the series started and probably got paid accordingly.

    So I’d predict a 13 episode final season pick-up.

  • Sid Kaminsky

    Sorry, Lori. You are in the minority. Major Crimes is a major hit and terrific!!!

  • Moshe


    The ratings didn’t seem to suggest it, but TNT was acting funny and coy enough about the show to raise some serious concerns nonetheless. This announcement comes as a big, huge relief.

  • David

    I watched every episode of the Closer, and I like Major Crimes better!

  • Pat

    Rating for Major Crime’ r dropping due to the fact everyone is tuning into football and WWE which is on all at the same time so i’m glad that Major Crime’ is renewed.

  • Nadine

    I agree. Major Crimes started slow because there is such a huge difference between Brenda and Sharon’s energy. But the story line with Rusty has made it a great deal more engaging. I like it very much.

  • The End

    Mary McDonnell looks great for her age. From looking at her I would never of guessed shes actually 60 in real life. The woman does well on Major Crimes in the lead role.

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