In a summer where Dwayne Johnson seems to be everywhere the blockbuster star hit the small screen last night with the debut of The Hero on TNT. With just over 1.5 million viewers tuning in at 8 PM for the reality competition series hosted by the Fast & Furious 6 actor, The Hero had a solid debut. Last night’s premiere was down from the 1.6 million viewers that now-cancelled The Great Escape garnered when it premiered on June 24, 2012, at 10 PM. But unlike TNT’s first attempt at an original unscripted show, The Hero did not have the third episode of Season 2 of the alien-invasion drama Falling Skies as a lead-in nor Game 1 of the NBA Finals as competition. Over two plays on Thursday, the Electus produced show pulled in a little more than 2.1 million viewers. Among Adults 18-49, the 8 PM debut of The Hero had 855,000 viewers. That’s TNT’s best unscripted premiere result in the key demo and its median age of 39 is the lowest the network has ever had for a series launch. The premiere also drew 832,000 viewers in the Adults 25-54 demo.
TNT Announces Summer Premiere Dates For New Dwayne Johnson Series ‘The Hero’, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ & More: Video
Other networks are announcing their season finales this week but TNT is putting up dates for when its shows are coming back and when new series are debuting this summer. The network announced that the Dwayne Johnson reality competition show The Hero will premiere on June 6 at 8 PM. The Electus produced show aims to push its contestants to see if they have what it takes to be heroes. Another new competition series 72 Hours will debut right after at 9 PM on June 6. 72 Hours drops three new competing teams of strangers into the wilderness with only a single bottle of water and a GPS tracking device with three days to find a briefcase of cash and win a $100,000 prize. Starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn, new private eye drama King & Maxwell premieres on June 10 at 10 PM. The last new show that TNT is offering this summer is going by the working title Cold Justice which starts on August 27. The unscripted procedural follows two real-life female investigators as they look into old unsolved small town murder cases.
With those new shows now on the schedule, old series are also back. Falling Skies is back with its third season with a two-hour premiere on June 9. Major Crimes returns for its Season 2 on June 10 while Rizzoli & Isles is back for Season 4 on June 18. Perception has its …