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TNT's "Dallas" sequel has scored big in the ratings this summer, and the cable channel is rewarding it by ordering a second season.
The network has also picked up its crime drama "Rizzoli & Isles" for another season after it's demonstrated it can stand on its own this summer.
"Dallas" has averaged 6.9 million viewers over its first two episodes (including three days of DVR viewing on each). Its premiere on June 13 has drawn 7.8 million viewers (again with three-day DVR use figured in), making it the top scripted premiere of 2012 on cable. Season 2 of the new "Dallas" will air next year and run 15 episodes, up from 10 this summer.
"Rizzoli & Isles" has drawn even bigger numbers for TNT so far this summer. Including DVR use, it's averaging 7.1 million viewers so far and shown it can thrive without "The Closer" as its lead-in. Season 4 of the show will also air next year and feature 15 episodes. »
TNT is staying on the case. The network has renewed Rizzoli & Isles for a fourth season, the Turner-owned cabler announced Friday. The drama, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as a Boston police detective and medical examiner, respectively, has been a solid performer for the network this summer, ranking as the No. 1 returning scripted series on basic cable. In its new time slot on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., the series is averaging 7.1 million viewers. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of the series for 2013. "Anchoring a new night in its third season, Rizzoli
- Lesley Goldberg
TNT has started its renewals with a fourth season order to its new flagship series, Rizzoli & Isles, and a second season pickup of freshman Dallas. After excelling behind The Closer on Mondays, the series has drawn 7.1 million viewers in its new Tuesday 9 Pm timeslot and ranks as summer’s #1 returning scripted series on basic cable. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, with the fourth season slated for 2013. “Anchoring a new night in its third season, Rizzoli & Isles has proven itself to be a strong and enduring hit, not only in terms of the great storylines and performances, but also in terms of the show’s stellar ratings,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in Rizzoli & Isles, which was developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro from characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen. Rizzoli & Isles comes to TNT from »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
After airing behind TNT’s flagship drama The Closer for its first two seasons, Rizzoli & Isles did well in its first outing in the anchor 9 Pm position. The third-season premiere of the female procedural drew 5.62 million total viewers last night, down 13% from the Season 2 opener in the Monday 10 Pm slot but ranking as basic cable’s No. 1 Tuesday premiere ever for an original scripted drama series. Rizzoli & Isles was followed by the second-season debut of Franklin & Bash (3.1 million), which was up 12% vs. the series premiere last year when the show aired on Wednesday at 9 Pm with no original lead-in. In adults 18-49, both Rizzoli & Isles and Franklin & Bash actually matched their premiere performances last year with 1.5 million and 1.1 million viewers, respectively. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TNT opened up shop on Tuesday night with premieres for the newly relocated Rizzoli & Isles and Franklin & Bash. Kicking off their third and second seasons, respectively, the dramas gave the network year-over-year gains for the night -- though only one got a bump from last summer. Photos: Summer TV Preview 2012 Franklin & Bash, airing at 10 p.m., saw growth from last year's relatively modest series premiere. It jumped 12 percent, earning 3.07 viewers (over last June's 2.7 million). In the demos, the Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar dramedy saw gains with adults
- Michael O'Connell
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