TNT's Major Crimes Returns with More than 5 Million Viewers,
Ranks as Basic Cable's #1 Returning Scripted Series Premiere This Year
New Drama King & Maxwell Opens with 3.5 Million Viewers
TNT's enormously popular crime-drama Major Crimes pulled in more than 5 million viewers in Live + Same Day for Monday night's second-season premiere. In the demos, the ensemble series scored deliveries of 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 1.5 million adults 25-54. Major Crimes' performance Monday night is in range of its overall Live + Same Day average for season one and even outperformed last year's average among adults 18-49 by +6%.
Compared to other returning shows on basic cable, Major Crimes ranks as this year's #1 scripted-series season premiere with total viewers and joins Sunday night's two-hour season premiere of Falling Skies among the Top 5 with adults 25-54.
Major Crimes was followed by the launch of TNT's newest series, the private-eye drama King & Maxwell, starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn. The show got off to a strong start with more than 3.5 million viewers in Live + Same Day, making it one of this year's Top 5 basic cable debuts for a new scripted series. In the demos, King & Maxwell delivered more than 1 million adults 25-54 and 820,000 adults 18-49.
About TNT's Major Crimes
Television's favorite squad of detectives is back in Major Crimes, TNT's hit crime-drama that ranked as basic cable's #1 new series of 2012. The extraordinary ensemble cast of Major Crimes includes two-time Oscar(R) nominee Mary McDonnell as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Phillip P. Keene as tech coordinator Buzz Watson, Robert Gossett as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor and expert Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales, along with Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty Beck. This season, Nadine Velazquez has joined the ensemble as Deputy District Attorney Emma Stratton. Major Crimes focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction.
Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers.
About TNT's King & Maxwell
TNT's new private-eye drama King & Maxwell features Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn as bestselling author David Baldacci's popular characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. These two aren't your typical private investigators. Both are former Secret Service agents, and their unique skills - not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry - give them a leg up on conventional law enforcement. Maxwell is a former Olympic athlete who uses her brains, beauty and Beltway connections to solve cases. King's career in the Secret Service ended when the presidential candidate he was assigned to protect was assassinated, sending him on a downward spiral. Today, King has added a law degree to his arsenal of skills, allowing him to navigate the system in ways a typical private investigator never could. Along the way, King and Maxwell clash over everything, from her garbage-strewn car to his love of wine over beer. King & Maxwell also stars Michael O'Keefe and Chris Butler as F.B.I. Special Agents Rigby and Carter, who clash with King and Maxwell over their less-than-legal methods. In addition, Ryan Hurst stars as Edgar Roy.
King & Maxwell is produced by CBS Television Studios. Shane Brennan, Grant Anderson and Chris Downey serve as executive producers, with Karen Spiegel as producer and Baldacci as series consultant.