TNT's much-hyped premiere of sci-fi drama Falling Skies drew 5.9 million viewers in its June 19 premiere.
The series, about the aftermath of an all-out invasion by an alien military force starring Noah Wyle, drew more than 5.9 million viewers, according to fast national data from Nielsen Media Research. The series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, also delivered more than 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 3.2 million adults 25-54.
"The enormous success of Falling Skies demonstrates what can happen when you partner with the best people in the business and give them what they need to do their very best work," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in a statement. "TNT's Falling Skies is an exciting, fascinating and often moving story made possible through the magic of DreamWorks Television, an incredibly talented cast led by Noah Wyle and the vision of one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg."
Falling Skies now ranks as cable's most-watched new series launch thus far in 2011, and is the biggest scripted series debut since since last year's launch of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, which drew 7.6 million viewers last July, said Turner.