Welcome to MajorCrimesTV.net, your trusted source of news and information for the hit TNT drama Major Crimes. The series from Creator/Executive Producer James Duff brings the familiar characters of the LAPD’s elite Major Crimes Division into all-new situations as they adjust to being led by Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), while still trying to close the department’s highest-profile cases.
Fireworks all around! The 4th of July isn’t the only thing Major Crimes is celebrating, with ratings for last nights holiday-themed outing (see what we did there!?) bringing in 4.4 million viewers, a 3.5% increase over last weeks episode and a new season high. Even bigger gains were seen in the 18-49 demographic, with 0.7 million viewers 18-49 tuning in, also a new season high. Overall the episode also won the night as the most watched scripted series.
Last week’s episode of Major Crimes continued to dominate, winning the week as the Most Watched Scripted Cable Series of the Week, beating out fellow TNT series Rizzoli and Isles. Major Crimes has continued to outperform the rest of TNT’s summer roster as well, including the latest episodes of The Last Ship (3.28/0.8), Proof (2.18/0.3, losing more than half of its Monday night lead-in) and the season premiere of Falling Skies (2.03/0.5).
Major Crimes has continued to make huge gains in time delayed ratings. The season premiere built on its already-impressive L+3 numbers to finish with 8.9 million viewers across all platforms in L+7, outperforming network projections by over 7%. In key demos the episode reached a total of 1.6 million viewers 18-59, and 2.1 million viewers 25-54, a 5% and 14% increase over the L+3 numbers, respectively.
Episode 402 of Major Crimes continued the upwards trend, virtually doubling it’s total viewers in Live + 3 to 5.464. In the key demographics the impact was even greater, rising 76% from 0.5 to 0.9 in viewers 18-49.
Hey TNT… we think it might be time to start thinking about Season 5!
On the occasion of the Major Crimes season premiere, we’ve decided to bring back our Thank the Advertisers Campaign, to help us show our support for Major Crimes in the terms that make sense to the network executives: advertising dollars. We hope you’ll join us every week for this campaign, as we all work towards a common goal: keeping Major Crimes on the air for many years to come.
Want to help support Major Crimes? Join us in thanking the sponsors and advertisers that help make it possible! The point here is to thank the the advertisers who have bought ad time during Major Crimes for their support of the show- by showing them that the Major Crimes viewers are both devoted and brand savvy, we show them that this is a show they want to continue doing business with, thus encouraging them to sign on for future seasons, which then encourages TNT to produce future seasons.So here’s how it works:
1. Watch the show live (if you can, though many of us can’t, and that’s OK too), or through one of the other means (iTunes Download, Amazon.com, TNTdrama.com website)
2. After the episode, tune in here or to our twitter feed (@MajorCrimesTV) to see the advertiser handles for that evening. Send a tweet to each advertiser (and to @TNTDrama) thanking them for their support. Throw in your own fun fact for the advertiser. If Toyota runs a commercial and your family has one, let them know!
@BestBuy saw your ad on @TNTDrama’s #MajorCrimes. Just bought my #MajorCrimes DVD’s from you- thanks for supporting the show!
Make sure to include the following in each tweet
- -The twitter handle for both the advertiser and TNT (@TNTDrama)
- -Some mention that you saw the ad on #MajorCrimes (mentioning the ad shortly after it airs will prove that we are paying attention)
- -A quick thank you for their support of the show.
- -If you have space, feel free to include the @MajorCrimesTNT twitter handle
- Also, this might go without saying, but if you have a protected (locked) Twitter account, this will not work (the advertisers won’t see your tweets). So in order to participate, you may have to open up a public account just for this purpose, or unlock your tweets for a bit.
Please write your own tweet (hitting the Retweet button does not have nearly the impact). It can be similar to ours, but give it a little variation. Please be polite to the advertisers- we want them to see that the Major Crimes watchers are an intelligent bunch that would represent a good target audience for their brand.
Advertiser list for Episode 404 (June 29th, 2015)
Aleve – Spotlight Sponsor- @AleveLiquidGels
Liberty Mutual Insurance – @LibertyMutual
Carrabbas Italian – @Carrabbas
Neutrogena sunscreen – @Neutrogena
Butterball – @Butterball
Nature made – @NatureMade
You probably had some local businesses advertised during the episode. Please take a moment and look up their Twitter info. These are usually smaller businesses, and love hearing from you!
On another note, if you can, buy the episode on iTunes or Amazon.com- your purchase does count towards what the network sees as total viewers, and for International fans, it’s one of the main ways you can help contribute to Major Crimes viewership numbers!
Thank you in advance for your participation, and lets make some noise and support Major Crimes!
-Want to do more to support the show and let TNT know how much you love it? Send them an email or a letter! All the information you need can be found here.
Questions, ask below- otherwise, go forth and tweet! And if you tweet and get a response, feel free to post it below!
“Snitch” – Monday, July 6, 2015, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
While the Major Crimes unit investigates a complicated gangland shooting, Det. Amy Sykes finds she must protect the identify of a witness capable of identifying the killer. Rusty struggles with how to manage newly gained information on the Alice case, and Lt. Flynn works to gain the courage to take his relationship with Captain Raydor to the next level.
Major Crimes continued to dominate in the ratings this week, with last night’s episode bringing in 4.24 million viewers, an 11% increase in total live viewers over the prior week. The highly anticipated reunion of Mary McDonnell with her Battlestar Galactica costar Jamie Bamber made even bigger gains in the key demographics, with 0.6 million viewers 18-45, a 20% increase over the prior week. The episode easily won the night as the most watched scripted cable offering.
Last weeks episode continued to perform well in the ratings, coming in as the second-most watched cable offering of the week. Overall, Major Crimes continued to outperform several of its sister series on TNT, coming in on top of the return of the highly advertised The Last Ship (2.93/0.7) and series premiere of Proof (2.65/0.4) and its own Monday night lead-out, Murder in the First. (2.18/0.3)
Michael Paul Chan, the man behind everyone’s favorite tech-wizard and veteran cop, took some time out of his season four filming schedule to chat with us about how season four is going for him, and tonight’s Tao-centric episode of Major Crimes.
Major CrimesTV: How is it going so far for season four?
Michael Paul Chan: To be honest this is my best season ever; physically, and mentally, it’s really going good for me. This season for some reason we just, there is just such a connection, with all of us, it’s really cool. I think knowing what kind of a show we were, you know like being with The Closer for seven years, we kept putting the time and effort into this. And we had to accept that this was a brand new show, and for me for this season it just seems kind of right in sync.
MCTV: James Duff has said that the theme for the season is “courage”. Does that theme affect Tao at all?
MPC: It hits me full-force in (tonight’s episode). But I can’t say anything more than that about it.
MCTV: Last season it was revealed Tao had a side job as a consultant on a familiar-sounding cop show, Badge of Justice – are we going to continue to see any of that this season?
MPC: That I don’t know, we haven’t touched on it yet. It was fun to play with, but it seems that that was all last year and we’ve kinda moved on because of all the things that we deal with this season.
But I’ve gotten the heads up that James always likes to, he’s into numbers and I’m into numbers, so he always says, get ready for number eight! Eight is a good luck number. It’s such a funny premise, but it’ll be fun because it’s a whole other thing to deal with.
MCTV: Tao is often the rock for the team, who holds things together. Does the pressure of that role ever get to him?
MPC: In (tonight’s episode) something happens and you see the vulnerable side of him, and hopefully we’ll get to deal with that a little bit more. Because something happens to him.
MCTV: What else can you tell us about this season?
MPC: More of his cop-side is coming out, you know because he’s always been the cool techy nerd, so more of his cop-side is coming out. He sees a little harder-edged this season, which has been lots of fun to do.
Major Crimes airs tonight at 9pm/8c on TNT.
On the heels of its strong season debut ratings, Major Crimes remained steady in its milestone 50th episode, winning the night as the Most Watched Scripted Cable Program with 3.81 million viewers.
Despite the expected ratings drop for the sophomore episode of the season, Major Crimes still performed strongly, retaining a close to 90% of its premiere audience, and in key demographics stayed steady at 0.5 million viewers, on par with the premiere. Meanwhile, sister TNT series Murder in the First lost close to half of it’s lead-in audience, a further decline from that shows premiere ratings.
Last weeks season premiere of Major Crimes continued to gain momentum in time-shifted viewing, and was the second most-watched drama across all cable networks, behind only the season finale of Game of Thrones. As we first reported yesterday, the season premiere virtually doubled its viewership in Live + 3, with 7.0 total viewers turning in via DVR and multi-platform views. In key demos Major Crimes tripled its impact, rising to 2 million viewers in adults 25-54, and 1.4 million viewers in adults 18-49. Those numbers are expected to further rise, with the season premiere currently projected to score approximately 8.3 million total viewers once Live + 7 data is available.
Congratulations again to the cast and crew of Major Crimes on 50 amazing episodes!
Reminder: Please check out Thank the Advertisers Campaign for more ways to support Major Crimes!
Major Crimes returned with a (bean bag?) bang last night, with 3.99 million viewers tuning in to see Captain Raydor and her team combat a string of home invasion robberies in the 4th Season premiere. That marks an increase in viewers of more than 14% over the Season 3 finale in January, and an increase of over 1 million viewers from the 2014 mid-season premiere. In the 18-49 demographic, the episode stayed steady with last seasons average, with 0.5 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic.
Overall, Major Crimes outperformed all other scripted and sports programs to win the night as the Most Watched Cable Program.
Major Crimes also easily outperformed it’s lead-out program on TNT, the returning series Murder in the First, besting the latters numbers in total viewers and the demographic by 67% and 66% percent, respectively.
Want to do more to help Major Crimes – please join us in our Thank the Advertisers Campaign!
UPDATE 6/15 – TNT announced via press release that the season premiere of Major Crimes rose to 7.0 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, virtually doubling the Live numbers. In key demographics, Major Crimes tripled its impact, with 2 million viewers in adults 25-54, and 1.4 million viewers in adults 18-49. Boom!
With the season four premiere of Major Crimes only hours away, MajorCrimesTV.net has learned that TNT has increased the episode order by three, bringing the total amount of episodes planned for the upcoming season to 18. Series creator/executive producer James Duff confirmed that the extra three episodes will be added onto the winter portion of the season, with the first 10 episodes scheduled to air this summer.
The episode increase is not without precedent; TNT previously ordered 15 episodes of both the second and third seasons, before increasing the order to 19 total episodes for each of those seasons as well.
Along with the news last month that parent studio Warner Bros has already sold the rights to air the upcoming season in the United Kingdom to the Universal Channel, this episode increase is another good sign for the continuing longevity of the series, which currently ranks as TNT’s second highest rated series, and the 3rd most watched scripted series across all basic cable networks.