TNT Reopens 'Closer’ For a Second Season

AtlantaTurner Network Television has closed quickly on renewing Kyra Sedwick’s hit drama The Closer for a second season. The drama network has ordered a 15-episode second season, which will begin airing in 2006, according to a network spokesman.

The Closer, which features Sedgwick as an Atlanta detective transferred to Los Angeles to head a homicide division, is produced by The Shephard/Robin Co. (Nip/Tuck) in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The series debut on June 13 at 9 p.m. produced the highest-ever rating for a cable original series, notching a 5.9, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Through its first three installments, The Closer has posted a 4.9 cable average and a 4.07 national mark. In TNT’s primary audience target, The Closer has captured 2.08 million viewers.

MTV’s 'Sunday Stew’ Stirs Up the Nielsens

New York — The fifth season of MTV: Music Television’s “Sunday Stew” block stirred the pot with viewers, averaging a 2.13 rating among persons 12 to 34 on June 26 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., a 13% advance from the prior-season’s premiere night, according to Nielsen Media Research.

MTV officials said the block, comprising Pimp My Ride, Viva La Bam, Punk’d and the Andy Milonakis Show, topped basic cable in the time period among persons 12 to 34, 12 to 17, 18 to 24, 12 to 24 and 18 to 34. All told, the premieres reached 9.84 million viewers 2-plus. On a household basis, Punk’d led the way with a 2.3 mark, followed by Pimp’s 1.7, Andy’s 1.7 and Bam’s 1.6, according to Nielsen.

Sundance Takes 6 From Films Transit

New York Sundance Channel last week secured pay TV rights to six documentary films from international documentary sales company Films Transit.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the films will make their U.S. TV debuts on Sundance this year and next: Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s The Corporation; Carey Schonegevel’s Original Child Bomb; Dane Elon’s Another Road Home; Oren Seidler’s Bruce and Me; Andrew Douglas’s Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus; and John Appel’s The Last Victor.