TNT Has More Original Hit Series in 2012 Than Any Other Basic Cable Network

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December 12th, 2012

via press release:

TNT Has More Original Hit Series in 2012
Than Any Other Basic Cable Network
Network Charts Six of Basic Cable's Top 15 Original Series for the Year,
Including Top 3 New Series of 2012

TNT is basic cable's biggest hit-maker, with six shows ranking among the Top 15 original series of 2012: The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception, Dallas and Falling Skies. That gives TNT more hits than any other basic cable network. TNT also claimed the Top 3 new series of 2012, marking the third consecutive year the network has launched the year's #1 basic cable series.

"TNT's dramas TNT's dramas take their audience on a great ride, delivering the smart escapist entertainment they love, whether it's a puzzling crime procedural like Rizzoli & Isles or Major Crimes, a survival epic like Falling Skies or a Texas-sized primetime soap like Dallas," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "TNT is ready to continue attracting drama fans with a year-round slate of originals in 2013, starting with the January season premiere of Dallas and the February debut of the new medical drama Monday Mornings."

TNT 2012 Ratings Highlights
TNT is home to six of basic cable's Top 15 original series for the year-to-date, more than any other network, including:

  • The Closer – 8.7 million viewers
  • Rizzoli & Isles – 7.4 million
  • Major Crimes – 7 million
  • Perception – 6.2 million
  • Dallas – 6.1 million
  • Falling Skies – 5.6 million

TNT's newest hits – Major Crimes, Dallas and Perception – burst onto the scene as basic cable's Top 3 new series of 2012. This marks the third consecutive year TNT has claimed basic cable's #1 new series, following top rankings by Rizzoli & Isles in 2010 and Falling Skies in 2011.

TNT claims four of basic cable's Top 20 original series among adults 25-54Falling Skies (3 million), The Closer (2.8 million), Rizzoli & Isles (2.7 million) and Dallas (2.6 million) – giving the network more than any other basic cable programmer.

TNT has grown its total audience for scripted originals by +5% compared to the network's 2011 average.

Earlier this year, TNT's record-smashing series The Closer bid farewell with 11.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched series finale in basic cable history.

TNT's original dramas continue to benefit from strong time-shifted viewing gains, a strong indication that millions of viewers are making a concerted effort to catch every episode of their favorites. The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles surpassed 3 million time-shifting viewers in 2012, while Major Crimes, Perception, Dallas and Falling Skies each exceeded 2 million.

TNT is closing out the year on a high note, with exceptional Q4 2012 growth in primetime among total viewers (+7%), adults 18-49 (+11%) and adults 25-54 (+8%) when compared to Q4 2011.

Looking ahead to 2012, TNT is ramping up its strategy to feature original programming year-round starting Monday, Jan. 28, with the second season of Dallas. The following week, TNT premieres the new medical drama Monday Mornings, starring Ving Rhames, Albert Molina, Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan. The series is executive-produced by David E. Kelley, Bill D'Elia and neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

February will also mark the fifth-season premiere of TNT's acclaimed police drama Southland and the launch of the gripping new reality series Boston's Finest. Other shows on the TNT slate include the new unscripted series The Hero and 72 Hours, as well as new seasons of series like Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Major Crimes, Perception and more.

  • j

    And how many of these regularly break a 1 in 18-49?

  • Leverage-Fan

    “Leverage” is nowhere to be found. This shows once more that the series make TNT regarding the ratings not happy. A renewal would be a miracle! So sad! :( At least we get closure! :)

  • silvit


    Ahahah, right? That’s the typical TNT press release. They only give out meaningless numbers, much like CBS.
    TNT is so old, so so so old. :-)

  • MT

    Why just dismiss a large group of people who watch a show based on how old they are? It shows how popular a show really is if you count in as many viewers as possible.

    Your kind of comments are meaningless.

  • silvit


    Because NOBODY pays for them. Since tv is a business, these are meaningless numbers.

  • MT

    Obviously not if they’re still mentioned in every press release. They mean something to the network if they release them. It’s their call, not yours.

  • silvit


    Do you know what PR means right? To make something look good to clueless people no matter the reality of the facts. Ask Carl Rove and Fox News. ;-)

  • MT

    If the network makes decisions on which shows to cancel or renew based on those numbers then they’re not meaningless to them and that’s all that matters.

    For example, they would never cancel The Closer even they had a slightly older audience. Those numbers in the press release matter.

  • silvit


    They didn’t cancel The Closer because it was still their best performer in the 18-49 demo. The Closer used to get 2-2.1 demo points in its prime. Even in 2010 it used to get 1.7 rating points in the demo. That’s why it lasted so long. Not because it had higher total viewers. See which shows TNT canceled over the years and it’s easy to see that total viewers are meaningless to them too. Shows with the highest 18-49 numbers got renewed.

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