TNT's blockbuster dramas The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles finished their winter runs with outstanding numbers last Monday, ranking as basic cable's most-watched entertainment programs for the week. The two shows combined with the first week of TNT's regular-season NBA coverage to rank TNT as basic cable's #1 entertainment network in total viewers for the week, with close second-places finishes (behind TBS) with key adult demos.
The winter finale of The Closer chalked up 7.9 million viewers in Live + 3 (6.2 million Live + Same Day), with 2.6 million adults 25-54 (1.8 million L+SD). The season two finale of Rizzoli & Isles built on that lead with an exceptional 8.1 million viewers in Live + 3 (5.8 million L+SD) and 2.9 million adults 25-54 (1.8 million L+SD).
In time-shifted viewing, The Closer's Dec. 12 episode scored a final tally of 7.3 million viewers and 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7, while the Dec. 12 episode of Rizzoli & Isles delivered 7.7 million viewers and 2.7 million adults 25-54.