The Show That Was Basic Cable’s Top New Series Last Year Sees Its Numbers Fall for Second-Season Premiere

Jun 18, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The program that was basic cable’s top-rated new series last year had its second-season premiere Sunday night, and its numbers were down, Deadline.com reports.

TNT’s sci-fi drama “Falling Skies” drew 4.5 million viewers, down 24% from the series premiere, the story reports.

The number in the key demo of adults 18-49 was 1.9 million, down from 2.6 million a year ago.

The story reports: “’Falling Skies’ faced stiff competition last night from the strong NBA Finals, which also took a toll on USA Network’s ‘Suits’ second-season premiere last week as well as the season finales of AMC’s ‘The Killing’ and Showtime’s ‘The Borgias,’ among others.”

TNT noted in a press release: “The two-hour season premiere drew 4,461,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery. ‘Falling Skies,’ which comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg and stars Noah Wyle, helped TNT rank as basic cable’s #1 network for the night with a 2.3 household rating according to early metered-market data.”

Deadline noted that the turnout for the premiere was strong enough to ensure that a renewal for a third season of “Falling Skies” is likely.

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