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Record Breaking Performance for TNT’s “The Closer”, “Heartland” Has Weak Retention June 19, 2007 5:09 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television, The Closer, TNT.

Hitting new records for a basic-cable program, the third season premiere of the TNT hit The Closer was watched by an amazing 8.81 million viewers on Monday night, based on fast national ratings.

The premiere scored a 6.8 household coverage rating/5.7 national rating (6.376 million households) and a total of 8.812 million viewers, both year-to-year gains from the season 2 premiere (vs. 8.278 million viewers last year and 6.039 million households last year). That’s a gain of 6% in both categories.

Series also experienced ratings gains among adults 18-49 of 11% (2.909M vs. 2.63M) and among adults 25-54 of 6% (3.799M vs. 3.571M).

Noticeably absent from TNT’s press release is any news about the new series Heartland, which aired immediately after The Closer and replaced the canceled series Saved.

Update: Got an update on those numbers for the series premiere of Heartland. It drew 4.3 million total viewers. 1.2 million of which were among the 18-49 demographic. That puts retention at just 49% among viewers and 41% among adults 18-49.

This is a much weaker debut than Saved, which was watched by 5.101 million viewers (2.08 million of which were in the A18-49 demographic). Retention for that series was also more impressive at 62% among viewers and 79% among adults 18-49.

Source: TNT


1. D. Peace - June 19, 2007 5:20 pm

Those are pretty impressive numbers. Oddly, I haven’t seen the show at all.

Is it good? Can you recommend it?

2. Russ T.C. - June 19, 2007 5:24 pm

From the little I’ve seen of it, yes, it’s a pretty solid show. But I only watched the first couple episodes.

It’s strongly acted and does a pretty good job at distinguishing itself from other shows out there. That’s one of the reasons why it rates so highly.

3. D. Peace - June 19, 2007 5:41 pm

Interesting. I’ll check it out.

4. Melinda - June 22, 2007 6:12 am

The Closer is a great cop drama. I highly recommend it. It’s not strictly a cop show, like L&O. The Closer has a top-notch cast, and instead of all drama, it has elements of comedy, and it all works seamlessly. Too bad you didn’t catch the marathon. There were five episodes from season one, including the Pilot, and every episode of season two.

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