23 June 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

TNT’s action-adventure series The Last Ship opened big Sunday night, delivering 5.3 million viewers for its premiere episode. The post-apocalyptic series about a naval ship trying to survive a deadly pandemic led into the return of alien-invasion drama Falling Skies, which had 3.7 million viewers. When including encore telecasts, Last Ship totaled 7.4 million and Skies had 4.7 million.

For Last Ship, this marks the most-watched new series debut on cable so far this year. TNT points out the block represents some A-list producer talent, with Michael Bay on Last Ship and Steven Spielberg on Skies. The news follows on last week’s »

- James Hibberd

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