TNT opened August with another big win as basic cable's most-watched network in primetime for the sixth consecutive week. TNT continues to be propelled by its chart-topping original series, with Major Crimes and Rizzoli & Isles delivering basic cable's biggest audiences for the week and the network's blockbuster hit The Last Ship taking first place among scripted series with adults 25-54. TNT's ratings success follows its win for the month of July and its sweeping victory as basic cable's #1 network in Q2 2014.
DVR usage continues to deliver big returns for TNT's summer dramas:
Last Monday's Major Crimes, which featured a guest appearance by Luke Perry, scored the show's biggest Live + 3 deliveries of the season-to-date, with 7.7 million viewers, 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. Major Crimes also scored its season-best Live + 7 deliveries, with the July 14 episode garnering 7.4 million viewers, 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49.
Tuesday's episode of Rizzoli & Isles grabbed 7.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, with more than 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-49. Rizzoli & Isles landed 7.8 milllion viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its July 15 episode, including 2.6 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49.
The July 27 episode of The Last Ship scored growth over the prior week's episode in Live + 3 viewing, with 6.3 million viewers (+4%), 2.5 million adults 25-54 (+6%) and 2.1 million adults 18-49 (up slightly). Meanwhile the July 20 episode of The Last Ship topped out with a final tally of 6.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, including 2.6 million adults 25-54 and 2.3 million adults 18-49, the latter a +3% increase over the prior week.
Falling Skies brought in 4.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for its July 27 episode, a +2% boost over the prior week. In key demos, it drew 1.9 million adults 25-54 and 1.6 million adults 18-49. Falling Skies' July 20 episode scored 4.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49.
Last Monday's episode of Murder in the First drew 4.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery (+5% vs. the prior week) and grew its demo deliveries by +12% among adults 25-54 (1.3 million) and +23% among adults 18-49 (1.0 million). The July 14 episode of Murder in the First grew to a final total of 4.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, matching the previous week. In key demos, the episode brought in 1.2 million adults 25-54
Perception has garnered more than 4.0 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery for its Tuesday episode, including 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.0 million adults 18-49. In Live + 7, Perception drew 4.3 million viewers for its July 15 episode (+3% vs the prior week), with 1.5 million adults 25-54 and 1.2 million adults 18-49.
TNT's real-life investigative series Cold Justice scored sizeable growth with its July 25 episode, drawing 2.3 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery (+20% vs. the prior week's episode); 838,000 adults 25-54 (+14%) and 657,000 adults 18-49 (+28%). Demonstrating the growing popularity of Cold Justice, those Live + 3 figures also surpass the show's Live + 7 delivery for the prior week's episode, which topped out with 2.0 million viewers.
Through the first week of August, TNT's dramas continue to dominate the competition. Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and The Last Ship rank as basic cable's Top 3 most-watched scripted series for the summer-to-date. They are joined by Falling Skies, Murder in the First and Perception in giving TNT six of basic cable's Top 10 scripted series this summer:
In key demos, TNT's new hit The Last Ship and Rizzoli & Isles lead the pack in giving TNT four of basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54. Among adults 18-49, TNT holds three of the Top 5 scripted series this summer.
Collectively, TNT's summer originals are bringing in many more viewers than last year. For the summer-to-date, the network's original series are averaging 5.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, a +31% increase over the same time last year. Demo deliveries have grown by double-digit percentages, with this summer's TNT originals bringing in +18% more adults 25-54 and +13% more adults 18-49 than last summer.