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Post-apocalyptic drama “The Last Ship” bowed to pretty good numbers Sunday for TNT, even as the net’s “Falling Skies” opened its fourth season with its lowest premiere scores to date.

Nielsen estimates that “Last Ship” averaged a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, a 1.4/4 in adults 25-54 and 5.3 million total viewers for its 9 p.m. premiere, making it the top cable premiere of the summer in the key demos. In total viewers, it outdrew the series premiere of ABC’s music competition series “Rising Star” and ranks first among all 2014 cable premieres.

The 1.2 rating in 18-49 is the second highest drama bow of the past month, ahead of the likes of Fox’s “Gang-Related,” NBC’s “Crossbones,” AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and ABC Family’s “Chasing Life.” NBC’s “The Night Shift,” which benefited from airing behind “America’s Got Talent,” opened to a 1.6 rating in late May. »

- Rick Kissell

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