The finale of TNT's Falling Skies' debut season netted 5.6 million total viewers, the most since the series' premiere June 19.
The alien-invasion drama starring Noah Wyle (ER), reached 2.5 million 18-to-49 viewers and 2.8 million adults 25 to 54, according to Nielsen live + same-day Overall, the series' rookie season averaged 4.8 million total viewers and 2.1 million persons 18 to 49, relative to the aforementioned measure, making it as basic cable's highest-rated new show of the year,
"The terrific performance of Falling Skies shows that a compelling series appeals to people of every background," said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "We've had the privilege of working with a terrific cast and crew, led by Steven Spielberg and our partners at DreamWorks. All of us are excited that Falling Skies has become a global success."
TNT has already renewed Falling Skies for a 10-episode second season, slated for 2012.