It's now official. TNT has won the ratings race as basic cable's #1 network in primetime for the summer.
Propelling TNT into first place is its stellar slate of original dramas:
With Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship leading the pack, TNT is home to five of basic cable's Top 10 original series this summer, more than any other network.
In key demos, The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and Falling Skies rank among basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54, with The Last Ship and Rizzoli & Isles taking the top two spots. Those same four shows also rank among basic cable's Top 10 scripted series of the summer with adults 18-49.
Live + 7 deliveries are now available for the Aug. 11 summer finales of Major Crimes and Murder in the First, as well as the Aug. 13 premiere of TNT's new drama Legends:
The summer finale of Major Crimes garnered 7.7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, an increase of +7% over the prior week's episode. That lifts the summer finale's multi-platform reach to 12.7 million viewers, including linear and DVR viewing, set-top VOD and digital on-demand. Overall for the season, Major Crimes is up +6% among total viewers, +4% among adults 25-54 and +3% among adults 18-49 compared to season 2. The show is slated to return with new episodes this fall.
The season finale of Murder in the First grabbed more than 5.1 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, the show's second best performance of the season and +12% over the prior week. The episode's multi-platform reach, meanwhile, has risen to 8.9 million viewers.
The series premiere of TNT's Legends climbed to 4.4 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, lifting the episode's multi-platform reach to 10.4 million viewers.
TNT closed out August with another victory for Rizzoli & Isles, which ranked as basic cable's top series telecast for the week. The episode has so far drawn 7.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, with 2.5 million adults 25-54 (+9% vs. the prior week) and 2.0 million adults 18-49 (+13%).
TBS ranked as basic cable's #1 network in primetime delivery of adults 18-49 for the month of August.
TBS's telecasts of The Big Bang Theory made it the #1 off-net series on basic cable among viewers and adults 18-49 for the month of August.
Last week's episode of the TBS original comedy Sullivan & Son has attracted more than 1.8 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery. In key demos, the episode garnered 1 million adults 18-49 (+2% vs. the prior week) and 481,000 adults 18-34 (+20%).
Across August 2014, Adult Swim ranked as basic cable's #1 network in Primetime among adults 18-34. Adult Swim's Total Day also ranked #1 among adults 18-24, 18-34 & 18-49 and men 18-24, 18-34 & 18-49 vs. the same time period last year.
Adult Swim's Emmy Award-winning original series Robot Chicken (Sunday, 11:30 p.m.) ranked #1 in its time period throughout August among adults 18-34 and men 18-24 & 18-34.
Saturday night's exclusive series Black Lagoon (3 a.m.) grew delivery among all targeted male demos vs. the same time period last year, ranging between 1% and 12%.
Adult Swim programming accounted for 34 of the top 50 telecasts on basic cable in August among adults 18-34, and 27 of the top 50 among men 18-34, both more than any other network.
Across August 2014, Cartoon Network ranked as television's #1 network for Total Day delivery of targeted boys 6-11 & 9-14, and #1 for Early Prime (6-8 p.m.) delivery among all boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14. Compared to August 2013, Total Day delivery grew among kids 2-11 by 4% and kids 6-11 by 3%. Early Prime delivery also increased by 4% among kids 2-11 vs. the same time period last year.
Among programming standouts in August, Cartoon Network original series - including Regular Show, Teen Titans Go!, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and Clarence - claimed 18 of the Top 20 telecasts of the month among boys 6-11.
Out-performing all competition in August, Cartoon Network claimed the #1 television destination vs. all TV among kids 2-11 & 6-11 and all targeted boys on Thursday Night (6-8 p.m.), earning double-digit delivery gains across the board, ranging between 28% and 56%. Programming highlights include Adventure Time (7 p.m.), which ranked as the #1 program of the day among all targeted boys, and #1 in its time period among kids 6-11 & 9-14. Teen Titans Go! (6 p.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among kids 2-11 & 6-11 and all targeted boys, while Clarence (6:45 p.m.) and Regular Show (7:30 p.m.) both claimed #1 in their respective time periods among all boy demos. New episode premieres of all these series grew delivery of all targeted kids & boys demos vs. August 2013, between 15% and 107%.
Monday night programming (6-8 p.m.) increased overall delivery of kids 2-11 (+3%) and boys 2-11 (+2%). Tuesday and Wednesday night programming propelled average delivery of kids 2-11/6-11 between 8% and 17%, and boys 2-11/6-11 between 4% and 9% vs. the same time period last year.
Saturday Morning programming earned solid delivery gains among targeted kids 2-11 (+32%), Kids 6-11 (up +39%) and kids 9-14 (up +5%), as well as boys 2-11 (up 12%) and boys 6-11 (up +20%). Original series Legends of Chima (7:30 a.m.) ranked #1 in its timeslot among boys 6-11/9-14, while Pokémon the Series XY (8 a.m.) ranked #1 in its timeslot among boys 9-14.