The new drama series Saving Grace, which stars Oscar winner Holly Hunter debuted on Monday night with the largest audience so far in 2007 for a cable program (across ad-supported cable networks), drawing 6.42 million viewers.
The better news was the excellent retention from its lead-in The Closer. Total retention was at 91% among households, 88% among viewers and a remarkable 97% among adults 18-49.
Full breakdown’s of both shows on the evening follow:
The Closer (9:00 p.m.)
- Households – 4.8/8 (5.367M)
- Viewers – 7.288M
- Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 (2.008M)
Saving Grace (10:00 p.m.)
- Households – 4.4/8 (4.862M)
- Viewers – 6.422M
- Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 (1.941M)
About both shows:
SAVING GRACE stars Hunter as Grace Hanadarko, an intense and cynical Oklahoma City police detective. Despite being at the top of her field, Grace lives life hard, fast and on the edge. Wicked-smart and tough, she hits bottom one night when she slams into a pedestrian while she is driving drunk. Horrified at the realization of what she’s done, Grace uncharacteristically asks for help and receives it in the form of an unconventional angel named Earl (Leon Rippy, Deadwood). The journey for both of them will not be an easy one. For Grace, it will bring up life’s most complicated issues. Each episode of SAVING GRACE revolves around a specific case that the detectives are trying to solve, while delving deeper into the characters’ personal lives. Kenneth Johnson (The Shield), Bailey Chase (Las Vegas), Bokeem Woodbine (The Big Hit) and Laura San Giacomo (Just Shoot Me) co-star.
THE CLOSER, ad-supported cable’s #1 series of all time, stars Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Kyra Sedgwick as the feminine yet forceful, offbeat yet indomitable CIA-trained Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a former Atlanta detective brought to Los Angeles to head a special LAPD unit charged with cracking sensitive, high-profile murder cases. She is an expert at digging into a person’s secrets and obtaining confessions, despite constantly struggling with her own imperfections and neuroses. In addition to Sedgwick, THE CLOSER’s Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated ensemble cast is back, including Jon Tenney, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Raymond Cruz, Michael Paul Chan and Gina Ravera.
In other TNT original series news, Heartland, which gave up the 10:00 p.m. timeslot to Saving Grace, premiered in its new 8:00 p.m. home and faltered, earning a 1.5/3 household rating, 2.11 million viewers and a 0.4/1 among adults 18-49, down heavily from last week’s ratings (2.1/4 household rating (-25%), 2.80 million viewers(-690,000 or -29%) and a 0.6/2 (-33%)).