With original programming and sports leading the way, TNT finished the second quarter of 2012 as basic cable's #1 network in primetime delivery of adults 18-49. TNT also won the younger end of that demo, adults 18-34. And in total day, TNT finished the quarter #1 among adults 25-54.
Ending the quarter on a high note, TNT scored exceptional primetime growth in June, with total viewers up +36%, adults 18-49 up +38% and adults 25-54 up +34%, compared to June 2011.
For the final week of June, TNT claimed three of basic cable's Top 5 dramas for the week, with Rizzoli & Isles and Dallas leading a pack that also includes Falling Skies.
TNT's Rizzoli & Isles was basic cable's top drama for the week with 5.4 million viewers, which has grown to a Live + 3 total of 7.2 million viewers, up +5% over the prior week's episode. Among key demos, Rizzoli & Isles brought in 2.0 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 (1.3 million Live + Same Day) and 2.5 million adults 25-54 (1.7 million L+SD).
Rizzoli & Isles was followed by a new episode of Franklin & Bash, which averaged 3 million viewers in Live + Same Day, growing to 3.9 million in Live + 3 delivery. Franklin & Bash also nabbed 1.6 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 (871,000 Live + Same Day) and 1.7 million adults 25-54 (1.1 million L+SD). With the combination of Rizzoli & Isles and Franklin & Bash TNT ranked #1 for the night on Tuesday among total viewers.
Wednesday's episode of Dallas wrangled 4.8 million viewers in Live + Same Day, which has grown to 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3. The show, which ranked as basic cable's most-watched program for the day and second most-watched drama for the week, also drew 2.1 million adults 18-49 (1.6 million Live + Same Day) and 2.5 million adults 25-54 (1.9 million L+SD). Dallas currently ranks as basic cable's #1 new series for the year-to-date, marking the third consecutive year TNT has claimed the top new show.
TNT's epic series Falling Skies captured 3.8 million viewers in Live + Same Day Sunday night, with 1.7 million adults 18-49 and 1.9 million adults 25-54. The show was followed by the series premiere of TNT's new unscripted competition show, The Great Escape, which averaged 1.6 million viewers; 827,000 adults 18-49; and 914,000 adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day. With Falling Skies and The Great Escape, TNT won the 9-11 p.m. block as basic cable's top network with key adult demos.
Meanwhile, according to the most recent time-shifted viewing data, the June 5 premiere episode of Rizzoli & Isles finished with 8.0 million viewers in Live + 7. In the demos, the premiere scored 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 2.9 million adults 25-54. The premiere episode of Franklin & Bash topped off with a total of 4.5 million viewers in Live + 7, as well as 1.9 million adults 18-49 and 2.0 million adults 25-54.
On the sports front, TNT's coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 delivered a 3.3 U.S. household rating, (+3% vs. last year) with 5.2 million viewers to rank as ad-supported cable's highest-rated and most-watched telecast for the day. Through three races, TNT's NASCAR Summer Series is averaging a 3.3 U.S. household rating, up +6% over last year's 3.1 rating through three races. This marks the third consecutive week of ratings growth for TNT's NASCAR coverage.
Cartoon Network in June 2012 ranked as television's #1 network for total day delivery of boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14. Monthly average growth among targeted kid demos vs. June 2011 include kids 2-11 (up 6%, 712,000), kids 6-11 (up 8%, 492,000) and kids 9-14 (up 23%, 505,000).
Also across June, Cartoon Network ranked as the #1 television network (broadcast & cable) among kids (2-11, 6-11, 9-14) and boys on Monday night.
Annoying Orange (Mondays at 8:30 p.m.) ranked as the #1 program on Mondays among all keykids and boys demos. Regular Show (Mondays at 8 p.m.) and MAD (Mondays at 8:45 p.m.) scored as the #1 program in their time periods among all kids and boys demos.
On Tuesday nights, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island (7:30 p.m.) scored as the #1 program on Tuesdays among all kids and boys demos and posted impressive double and triple-digit delivery gains compared to June 2011. Kids 2-11 (1,454,000) increased by 26%, kids 6-11 (1,173,000) increased by 62% and kids 9-14 (1,128,000) increased by 109%.
Ninjago: Master of Spinjitzu (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.) was the #1 program of the month among boys 2-11 and 6-11 and posted double-digit delivery gains across the board. Among the highlights, delivery among kids 2-11 (1,207,000) grew by 51% and kids 6-11 (877,000) grew by 32%.
Across June 2012, Adult Swim ranked as television's #1 network for Total Day Delivery of young adults 18-34, 18-24 and 18-49 as well as men 18-34 & 18-24.
The season premiere of Aqua Something You Know Whatever (Sundays, 12 a.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among adults and men 18-24, and posted double-digit delivery gains including an 88% increase among adults 18-24 (256,000).
Metalocalypse (Sundays, 12:15 a.m.) posted double-digit delivery gains across key demos. Adults 18-24 (240,000) grew by 54%, adults 18-34 (507,000) grew by 47% and adults 18-49 (685,000) grew by 16%. The Eric Andre Show (Sundays, 12:30 a.m.) posted double-digit delivery gains among adults 18-24 (186,000, 24%) and adults 18-34 (355,000, 17%).
TBS continued its extraordinary growing trend, with June primetime deliveries up +31% among total viewers, +5% among adults 18-34 and +19% among adults 18-49. Those figures cap a quarter of tremendous growth for the network, which saw Q2 2012 primetime deliveries grow by +36% among total viewers, +16% among adults 18-34 and +29% among adults 18-49.
TBS's brand new original sitcom Men at Work averaged 2.1 million viewers in Live + Same Day last Thursday, growing to more than 2.5 million viewers in Live + 3. That's up +13% compared to the prior week. The show, which ranks as one of basic cable's Top 5 new series among young adults for the quarter, also took in 1.5 million adults 18-49 (1.2 million L+SD), up +10% over the previous week.
TBS's Emmy(R)-nominated late-night series CONAN, hosted by Conan O'Brien, has enjoyed strong growth over the past several months, with June deliveries up +21% among total viewers and +11% among adults 18-49 compared to June 2011. For the month, CONAN averaged 1 million viewers in Live + Same Day, with 290,000 adults 18-34 and 604,000 adults 18-49.
Big Bang Theory finished Q2 2012 as basic cable's #1 sitcom for the quarter, averaging 2.6 million viewers, with 662,000 adults 18-34 and 1.4 million adults 18-49.
truTV wrapped up the second quarter by ranking as one of ad-supported cable's Top 10 entertainment networks for the week with men 18-34, a key demo for the network.
truTV's ratings hits last week were led by Hardcore Pawn (2.1 million viewers) on Tuesday. The show ranked among ad-supported cable's Top 5 programs in its timeslot with key demos, reaching second place in the timeslot with adults 18-34 and men 18-34.
truTV also earned solid performances from Monday night's Lizard Lick Towing (2 million viewers), Sunday night's Storage Hunters (1.8 million viewers), Thursday night's World's Dumbest... (1.2 million viewers at 8 p.m.; 1.3 million viewers at 9 p.m.). All three series scored Top 5 timeslot rankings with key adult and male demos.