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TNT renews three summer shows, sets final season for ‘Falling Skies’

Published: July 18, 2014, 10:45 am, by Terry Terrones

thelastship2In a press release sent out today, TNT announced that the station has renewed hit summer shows “The Last Ship,” “Major Crimes” and “Falling Skies.” The next season of “Falling Skies” will be its fifth and final one, wrapping up the battle for Earth between humans and alien invaders. TNT has received significant ratings from all three series in key demographics.

“The Last Ship” has been a hit in its first season. The 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. “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.

“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.”

Although its ratings have dipped from its first two seasons, the announcement of the final season of “Falling Skies” is a bit of a surprise. However, with the success of “The Last Ship” and with the buzz surrounding next month’s “Legends” (starring Sean Bean), TNT probably feels comfortable enough in its programming that it can find ratings winners big enough to replace it.