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.

Ratings: BOOM! Major Crimes Hits Another New High; Wins Week as Most Watched Scripted Program

By Mina Sharpe

307- buzz provenza raydor lrHot on the heels of its fourth season renewal, Major Crimes wasted no time proving it’s the hottest show of summer, with last night’s action-packed episode scoring a new season high, with 5.5 million viewers, a 4% increase over the previous season high set by last weeks episode.  In the 18-49 demographic, 0.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the Major Crimes team partner with guest stars Jon Tenney, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Laurie Holden, Bill Brochtrup and the “SOB” unit take on a serial killer in the action-packed episode, which many consider to be a backdoor pilot to a potential new spin-off series.

Meanwhile, last weeks episode continued to dominate in time-delayed ratings, coming in with 7 million viewers in Live + 3 day ratings (the highest Live + 3 delivery so far this season) and winning as the most watched scripted basic cable program of the week for the first time this season, taking over the position from fellow TNT series Rizzoli & Isles.

Congrats to the cast and crew for the well-deserved ratings success. BOOM.





308 – “Cutting Loose”

“Cutting Loose” – Monday, July 28, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLSV

Lt. Mike Tao of Major Crimes finds himself doing double duty when the star of the cop show on which he moonlights as a consultant becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his biggest fan.

Directed by Roxann Dawson
Written by Duppy Demetrius
Created by James Duff

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Universal Channel Acquires Major Crimes Season 3 for UK Airing

By M. Sharpe

302 cast hqThe good news keeps on coming today!

Hot on the heels of its Season 4 renewal announcement this morning, TVWise is reporting that Major Crimes season 3 is finally on its way to UK fans.

Universal Channel, which had previously held the rights to the first two seasons, has now acquired season three, scheduled to begin airing this fall in the UK.

In its first season, Major Crimes debuted on the Universal Channel as their highest rated series premiere, and currently ranks as one of their highest rated series on the network.

Great news across two continents in one day? BOOM.

BOOM – Major Crimes Renewed for Season 4!

By Mina Sharpe

s3 cast2Major Crimes has been renewed for Season 4!

TNT announced the renewal this morning, with an initial 15 episodes ordered for season 4.

In a press release, TNT president and head of programming Michael Wright said, “Major Crimes continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television.”

Season 3 of Major Crimes has been enjoying a strong summer season, with ratings increased over last years summers run, and outperformed Rizzoli & Isles this past Monday for the first time this summer, becoming the most watched scripted cable offering of the week.

Major Crimes season 4 will begin airing in Summer 2015.

Video: 10 Years of Major Crimes and The Closer – Conversation With Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison and GW Bailey

Ratings: Major Crimes Hits New Season High; Wins Night!

By Mina Sharpe

MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)BOOM! Major Crimes scored big last night, hitting a new season high with 5.3 million viewers tuning in to see Sharon Raydor kick her erstwhile husband to the curb and formally invite Rusty into her family. This marked an increase of 7% of the prior weeks ratings.Big gains were also seen in the key 18-49 demo, coming in at 0.9 and 1.2 million 25-54, an increase of 12% and 11% over the prior week, respectively.

The episode, featuring the teams efforts to find the killer – and identity – of a young girl, won the night as the most watched scripted cable program.

UPDATED: Meanwhile, last week’s outing came in as the second most watched basic cable show of the week, with 6.7 million viewers in Live + 3 day delivery, with 2.1 million adults 25-54 (an increase of 8% over the prior week) and 1.6 million adults 18-49 (an 11% increase over the prior week).

Hey TNT, about that renewal. We’re waiting.


MCTV Exclusive: Ties That Bind – Mary McDonnell on Family and Major Crimes

By Mina Sharpe

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Photo credit: Justin Stephens. Courtesy TNT, used with permission

It’s all quiet on the set of Major Crimes as Captain Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell, tries to come to terms with what her foster son, Rusty Beck, has just told her. Long estranged from her husband, Raydor has tolerated his occasional comings and goings for many years. But when his actions threaten to do serious harm to the trust she has so carefully built with Rusty over the past two years, it’s clear that Jackson Raydor may have finally gone too far.

Over several takes, McDonnell gives different glimpses into the complicated relationship with her character’s husband, and Raydor’s varying reactions to it. What doesn’t change is the fierce loyalty and protectiveness Raydor shows towards the boy she already considers her son, and the clear message that Sharon Raydor is a force to be reckoned with when those she loves are threatened.

As she sits down with MajorCrimesTV.net for a chat after the scene is done filming, it quickly becomes clear that like her on-screen persona, for McDonnell, family– in whatever form it comes– is key. Whether it is the family you are born into, the family that you adopt along the way, or the family that is forged out of difficult circumstances, McDonnell recognizes that family can have the largest and most resounding impact on a person.

When Captain Sharon Raydor first marched into the murder room on The Closer, audiences and fellow officers of the Major Crimes division alike bristled at the seemingly tough-as-nails and emotionless new officer, and on both sides of the screen she quickly became known by the moniker “Darth Raydor”. Now as Major Crimes enters its third season, McDonnell credits the relationship between her character and foster son Rusty Beck as the catalyst that helped make the transition between the two shows occur flawlessly, allowing the greater depth of Sharon Raydor to be revealed.  “In my mind it’s kind of a genius element to this,” McDonnell says.  “Because James [Duff] has this ability to understand, seemingly out of the blue, what is needed. And when he thought up this Rusty character and saw Graham [Patrick Martin], he understood that this could be our connecting object into the new series. It relieved us from having to force Sharon Raydor this way or that way, because he knew that through this personal relationship he could expose her as a human without her having to give up her Darth Raydor.” McDonnell laughs. “I did not want to give up Darth Raydor.”

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Ratings: Major Crimes Steady in 305; Wins Night

MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)A trio of returning favorites helped Major Crimes combat the usual post-holiday lag to to remain steady in the ratings, with 4.9 million viewers tuning in to Monday’s explosive episode, and won the night as the most-watched scripted cable show.

Episode 305, featuring guest stars Jon Tenney, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Bill Brochtrup also brought in 0.8 million viewers in the18-49 demographic.

Last weeks episode of Major Crimes was the 2nd most watched scripted basic cable offering of the week, behind only fellow TNT series Rizzoli and Isles.

In time shifted viewing, the episode 302 of Major Crimes finished with 6.5 million viewers in Live + 7 day ratings.

Overall, Major Crimes now ranks in the Top 3 Most-Watched Summer Cable series, with an average of 5.9 million viewers. It also ranks in the Top 5 in Adults 25-54, with 1.7 million adults. In time-shifted viewing, Major Crimes averages +2 million additional viewers per episode over the initial Live + Same Day estimates.

OK, TNT. It’s renewal time!