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RATINGS RAT RACE: TNT’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Continues To Impress, Jennifer Love Hewitt Movie Does Solid Business For Lifetime

Nellie Andreeva

In its second airing last night, TNT’s new drama series Rizzoli & Isles drew a big 7.3 million viewers, dropping only 4% from its record-setting debut last week. What’s more, the crime procedural starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander built on its Closer lead-in in total viewers (7.0 million). Last week, Rizzoli averaged 7.6 million viewers to Closer‘s 7.7 million. Just like last week, Rizzoli outperformed Closer in all key demos, including adults 18-49, in which the new series averaged 2.0 million viewers least night. Meanwhile, Closer continues to track higher than last season, with Episode 2 up 8% vs. last year.

Over at Lifetime, the original movie The Client List starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a mom-turned-prostitute averaged 3.9 million in its premiere last night, 1.9 million of them in the 18-49 demographic, to rank as the second most-watched cable movie this year.

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: Big Debut For ‘Rizzoli & Isles’, ‘Closer’ Returns Strong

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 11:30AM: TNT’s new original series Rizzoli & Isles drew some 7.6 million viewers for its premiere last night to rank as the most watched ad-supported cable series launch of all time with commercials. (Overall, it is close second to the commercial-free 2008 debut of the now-defunct TNT legal drama Raising the Bar, which attracted 7.7 million viewers.) The series, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, held onto almost 100% of its lead-in, the sixth-season premiere of The Closer, which delivered an also impressive 7.7 million viewers, up 7% over its fifth-season premiere last June. That means that TNT may have found a perfect companion for the Kyra Sedgwick-starring drama, with the two shows lifting each other up. Rizzoli & Isles built on its lead-in from The Closer among key adult demos, with 2.1 million adults 18-49 and 2.7 million adults 25-54.
 Lorraine Bracco co-stars on the Warner Horizon series based on Tess Gerritsen’s novels.

PREVIOUS 7:20AM: Total viewer numbers won’t be available until later today, but in the overnight ratings, TNT’s new drama Rizzoli & Isles scored a 5.6 national rating. The procedural starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander held onto 100% of its lead-in, the season premiere of TNT’s flagship drama The Closer (5.6), which rarely happens. There was also a nice bump for the veteran drama starring Kyra Sedgwick, which scored a 4.6 rating for its season premiere last summer. As for the shows’ audience, it should be pretty big – when The Closer opened with a 4.6 rating last year, it … Read More »

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