New TNT Series a Ratings Closer


Boosted by the record-series bow of The Closer and the second installment of limited series Into the West, Turner Network Television was basic-cable’s best last week when it came to the primetime-ratings race.

The drama network averaged a 2.5 household rating June 6-12, according to a Disney ABC Cable Networks Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.
Regional network Turner South, lifted by its coverage of Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball games, trailed its corporate cousin by 0.2 points with a 2.3 household average within its Southeastern coverage area.

USA Network and Disney Channel were tied for third with 1.9 household averages, ahead of Fox News Channel’s 1.7 mark.

Rounding out the top 10: Nick at Nite with a 1.6; Lifetime Television, TBS and Cartoon Network, all with a 1.4; and a 1.3 for Spike TV. AMC and Hallmark Channel finished just out of the money, each scoring a 1.1.

On a total-programming-day basis, Nickelodeon was first with a 1.8, trailed by sister service and channel-sharer Nick at Nite. TNT was third at a 1.3, while Cartoon, its late-night Adult Swim spinoff and Disney each concluded the week with a 1.2.

The premiere of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick as an interrogator par excellence, notched a basic-cable record 5.9 household rating June 13, making it the medium’s top-rated show for the week. The second episode June 20 earned a 4.6 household rating, delivering more than 4.1 million households and 5.5 million persons two-plus.

Meanwhile, the premiere of the second Into the West chapter lassoed a 3.9 June 18 at 8 p.m., good for a share of sixth place.

Turner South’s Braves coverage claimed three of the 13 highest-rated shows of the week, headed by the 4.0 for the June 14 game against the Texas Rangers.