The premiere of TNT’s new police drama "Rizzoli & Isles" was a big winner for the network Monday night, becoming cable’s No. 1 commercial-supported series launch of all time by drawing 7.6 million total viewers.
The lead-in for the show was the season premiere of Kyra Sedgwick’s show, "The Closer," which drew 7.7 million viewers.
In a statement, Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), said, “The tremendous viewer response to ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ is very gratifying. [It’s] shaping up to be a great companion for ‘The Closer,’ which continues to deliver extraordinary numbers in its sixth season on our network.”