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Numbers Are Down for Season Premieres of TNT Hits — But Still Not Bad

Jul 13, 2011  •  Post A Comment

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.

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