por Joal Ryan | Traducido por | mar., 15 jul. 2008 3:25 PM
The Closer's back. One million viewers aren't.
TNT's hit detective drama kicked off its fourth season last night before, on average, 7.8 million viewers, the network said, down 1 million viewers from last summer's third-season opener.
The premiere audience was the smallest for the Kyra Sedgwick show since the first season's inaugural episode averaged 7 million back in 2005.
Coincidentally, or perhaps not, last night's opener marked the first time The Closer began its season in July, rather than in June.
Still, even a smaller-than-last-year Closer is a big Closer.
Monday's premiere goes down as the year's most watched episode yet for a scripted series on cable. And while the show booked fewer viewers than its previous premiere, TNT reminded that it booked more viewers than its previous season average. (After last June's monster premiere, The Closer ended up averaging 7.4 million viewers through its December finale.)
Saving Grace, the Holly Hunter detective series that buddies up with The Closer, likewise was big, but in a smaller way. Its Monday night opener averaged 5.2 million viewers, down 1.2 million from 2007's inaugural premiere night.
While it's usually true to say that TV ratings always trend downward, it has actually been an unusually strong summer. Guess those unconventional detectives just like to go their own way.
Here are the ratings highlights from the TV week ended Sunday, per Nielsen Media Research data:
Among the networks, CBS was the most watched overall, averaging 6.9 million dog lovers and others; Fox was the most watched network by foodies and other young adults.
In cable, USA was the top prime-time network (2.8 million), followed by Disney (2.5 million) and TNT (2.4 million).
Here's a look at the 10 most watched broadcast network prime-time shows for the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research: