TNT has renewed three of its summer hits: “The Last Ship,” “Major Crimes” and “Falling Skies.” All three dramas rank among basic cable’s Top 5 scripted series this summer with total viewers and adults 25-54.
TNT has ordered 13 episodes of “The Last Ship,” an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes for season four of “Major Crimes.” And “Falling Skies” will mark its fifth and final season with 10 episodes.
“TNT’s refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “‘The Last Ship’ has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. ‘Major Crimes’ continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And ‘Falling Skies’ has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year’s climactic final season.”
“The Last Ship” is a hit in its first season, not only among total viewers but also among key adult demos. The action-packed drama from executive producer Michael Bay has averaged more than 7.2 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery in its first season and currently ranks as basic cable’s #1 scripted series this summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The show is also cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date among total viewers and adults 25-54.
“Major Crimes” is showing an uptick over last year, with 7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its third season so far. It ranks second behind “Rizzoli & Isles” among the summer’s top scripted series on basic cable. “Major Crimes” has also drawn key demo deliveries of 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49.
“Falling Skies” has averaged more than 5.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its fourth season, including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.1 million adults 18-49. It ranks behind “The Last Ship” and “Rizzoli & Isles” among basic cable’s Top 3 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54.
TNT will also launch the drama “Legends,” starring Sean Bean, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). It will be followed by “Franklin & Bash,” which is coming back for its fourth season. And on Aug. 18, “Dallas” will return to continue its third season.