The seventh and final season of TNT’s "The Closer" debuted Monday night with 7.2 million viewers, down from the sixth-season premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s The Live Feed blog. Still, the turnout represented cable’s biggest audience of the year for a drama, TNT reported.
The episode also matched the previous season’s finale. While "The Closer" will end its run with the current seventh season, a spinoff called "Major Crimes" will debut after this season ends, the story notes.
"Rizzoli & Isles," which returned for its sophomore season Monday night following "The Closer," drew 6.4 million viewers, representing a drop of 1 million from its series debut, the article points out. “Rizzoli” was last year’s top cable series launch.
Time-shifted viewing is expected to increase the numbers significantly for both shows.