‘The Closer,’ ‘Saving Grace’ Sizzle in Season Premieres

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TNT Tuesday said last night’s season premiere of its hit series The Closer was the most-watched ad-supported cable telecast so far this year, garnering more than 7.8 million viewers and a 5.2 national household rating.

Meanwhile, Saving Grace drew almost 5.2 million viewers (3.5 national household rating) Monday night, making it the second-most-watched season premiere on cable this year, network officials said.

“Once again, TNT has hit pay dirt with The Closer and Saving Grace,” Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, said in a statement. “We are thrilled that these award-winning shows have gotten their new seasons off to such great starts and look forward to another outstanding year from both.”

With more than 7.8 million viewers tuning in, The Closer’sfourth-season premiere outdrew the series’ overall third-season average in viewers (7.8 million vs. 7.43 million), households (5.91 million vs. 5.46 million), adults 18-49 (2.47 million vs. 2.19 million), and adults 25-54 (3.29 million vs. 2.94 million).

Saving Grace, was similarly successful in its second-season premiere, outpacing its first-season average in viewers (5.15 million vs. 4.2 million), households (3.96 million vs. 3.27 million), adults 18-49 (1.61 million vs. 1.28 million) and adults 25-54 (2.29 million vs. 1.72 million).

All viewership numbers reflect live and same-day ratings and deliveries, the network said.

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