TNT's "Major Crimes" Climbs to 6.8 Million Viewers in Live + 3, With 5.2 Million for "Murder in the First"
TNT's Monday night dramas have dramatically increased their premiere numbers with the first wave of time-shifted viewing. The season 3 premiere of Major Crimes has climbed to 6.8 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, a +4% increase over last summer's season premiere and a +32% increase over the season 3 premiere's Live + Same Day delivery of 5.2 million viewers. Meanwhile, TNT's new crime drama Murder in the First has grown to 5.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, a +37% increase over the premiere telecast's Live + Same Day delivery of 3.8 million viewers.
Last week, TNT's summer slate got off to a roaring start with the hit series Major Crimes scoring basic cable's #1 scripted season premiere for the year-to-date and Murder in the First ranking as the #1 new series launch on basic cable so far this year.
In key demos, the season 3 premiere of Major Crimes has so far garnered 1.6 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 (+31% vs. Live + Same Day) and 2.1 million adults 25-54 (+35%). The show grew its Live + 3 delivery of adults 25-54 by +2% compared to the season 2 premiere. Murder in the First has chalked up more than 1.1 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 delivery (+42% vs. Live + Same Day) and 1.5 million adults 25-54 (+43%).
TNT is television's destination for drama. Seen in 101 million households and ranking among cable's top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies, Murder in the First, Perception, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. TNT's upcoming slate of original scripted dramas includes The Last Ship, Legends, The Librarians, Public Morals, Proof and Transporter The Series, which will make its U.S. television debut on the network this fall. TNT also features such dramatic unscripted series as Cold Justice and the upcoming On the Menu and Wake Up Call. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Hawaii Five-0, Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R); blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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