MCTV Presents: What Would Sharon Raydor Do? Podcast with Mary McDonnell – #11 – Season Finale Edition

Welcome to Episode 11 of the “‘What Would Sharon Raydor Do?’ podcast, the podcast devoted to getting an in-depth view at Major Crimes Captain Sharon Raydor by the woman who knows her best, Mary McDonnell.

Recorded with Mary McDonnell. Guest hosted this week by the editor of, Mina Sharpe.

In this episode Mary and Mina discuss the season 5 finale of Major Crimes, Mary (and Sharon’s) take on the events of the finale, and some insight into the season as a whole, and what’s ahead for season 6.

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Ratings: Major Crimes Hits New Winter High, Rises 20% in Season Finale

By M. Sharpe

521- flynn raydor lrMajor Crimes finished its 5th season with a bang, both on screen, and in the ratings.

Wednesday’s explosive season finale brought in a total of 2.9 million viewers, a new winter season high since moving to Wednesdays, and a 20% increase over the previous season high. The episode also hit a season high in key demographics, bringing in 0.3 million viewers 18-49, and won the night as the most-watched scripted cable show of the night.

Last week’s penultimate episode of the season also took in its own first, winning the week as the week as the most-watched scripted cable show for the first time this winter season.

In time-delayed ratings, episode 319 finished its run with 4.66 million viewers in Live + 7 day, almost fully doubling from its Live + SD delivery, and rising over 5% from the prior episode. Greater gains were seen in key demographics, where the episode rose 100% to 0.6 million viewers 18-49.

Episode 319 also came in as the second-most watched cable series of the week, coming in only behind The Walking Dead.

Major Crimes returns for Season 6 this fall on TNT.


MCTV Exclusive: James Duff Talks Major Crimes Explosive Season Finale, 200 Episodes and More

By M. Sharpe

MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)As Major Crimes prepared to film the two-part finale to season 5, there was some question whether what they were filming would be a season or series finale. Several versions of the script were prepped by the writers, and just days before filming on the “Shockwave” arc began, TNT renewed the show for season six, and tonight the season finale of Major Crimes airs at 9pm/8c.

In part one of our interview with series creator and writer of tonight’s episode, James Duff, he discusses in what ways the late renewal affected tonight’s season finale, and how it feels to be celebrating a combined 200 episodes in the world and characters of The Closer and Major Crimes. Stay turned for part two of our interview tonight, after the episode airs.

MajorCrimesTV: Last week’s episode was a real nail biter, and going into tonight, I have a lot of questions about what’s going to happen. And in terms of bad guys, it seems like Christian Ortiz rates right up there with some of the biggest foes the team has ever faced, right up there with Phillip Stroh and the Chris Wood character from the Poster Boy arc a few years ago. Was that an intentional choice to just put everything into this character and story?

James Duff: Most of our finales on Major Crimes center around a really bad guy you get to know. And Chris Wood is a fantastic example of someone we employed in that capacity. And by the way, look what happened to his career afterwards! He exploded. He’s such a fantastic actor. And the same thing is going to happen with this guy. He’s in “The Fate of the Furious”, coming out this weekend. So, we just got him at the right time. He was awesome and fantastic in this role. Continue reading

Ratings: Major Crimes Wins Night as Most-Watched Cable Show; Triples in L+ 3 Viewing

By M. Sharpe


As Major Crimes swings into its season finale next week, the ratings for this winter season continue to grown sharply in time-delayed viewing.

Episode 318 finished its run in Live + 7 day by almost doubling its viewers, rising 90% from Live + Same Day to 4.5 million total viewers.

In the key demographics, the episode saw even more Major gains, fully tripling its viewership to 0.6 million viewers 18-49, and tying for the top spot as the largest percentage gain of the week in key demos.

Preliminary numbers for last week’s episode show that it rose in Live + Same Day over the prior week, and finished as the third most-watched scripted cable show of the week, behind The Walking Dead and it’s lead-out, Into the Badlands.

Last night’s explosive beginning to the season finale rose slightly over the prior week, bringing in 2.4 million total viewers, and 0.3 million 18-49, and won the night as the most-watched scripted cable program of the night.


The season finale of Major Crimes airs next Wednesday at 9pm/8c on TNT


Ratings: Major Crimes Doubles in L+7, Wins Night as Most Watched Scripted Cable Show

By M. Sharpe

MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)Despite the continued challenges of its new Wednesday time slot, Major Crimes continues perform well, with additional wins this week as both the most-watched cable show of the night, as well as week-to-week gains, and continued wins as the second-most watched scripted cable show across all ratings segments.

This Wednesday’s episode saw moderate gains over the previous week, rising 10% to 2.4 million total viewers, and 0.3 million viewers 18-49, winning the night for the 4th consecutive week as the most-watched scripted cable offering.

Episode 517 additionally performed strongly throughout last week, and finished as the second-most watched scripted cable show of the week, behind only AMC juggernaut The Walking Dead.

In time delayed ratings, Major Crimes has continued to show impressive increases. Episode 516 grew 90% over Live + Same Day, finishing its run with 4.7 million total viewers in Live + 7 day ratings, and an increase of 12% over the L+7 ratings for the winter premiere. Greater gains were seen in key demos, where the episode fully doubled to 0.6 million viewers 18-59. The episode also won the week as the second most watched cable offering in both L+3 and L+7, again behind only The Walking Dead.

Major Crimes is all-new next Wednesday at 9pm/8c on TNT

517 – “Dead Drop”

“Dead Drop” – Wednesday, Mar. 15, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Major Crimes finds a very heavy body forty feet up a tree surrounded by loose pot when Dr. Morales shows up to the crime scene with his father, a retired detective from Uruguay. Meanwhile, Julio Sanchez works to obtain legal guardian of Mark Jarvis while Andy Flynn prepares a special surprise for Sharon.

Directed by Stacey K. Black
Written by Nick Zayas
Created by James Duff

UPDATED: Ratings: Major Crimes Rebounds on Wednesday; Wins Night as Most-Watched Cable Show

By M. Sharpe

MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)Three weeks into its winter season, the jury is in, and Major Crimes has found its footing on Wednesday nights.

With a perfect storm of February sweeps, a new time slot, and a move to Wednesday nights (the first time the show has not aired on Monday since its premiere), there was concern that Major Crimes might get lost among the greater TV landscape. Thankfully, the fans have followed Major Crimes to the new time-slot, and despite a rocky start, the ratings have continued to rise each week, and if the trend continues, will be on-part with the series performance last winter in its normal time slot in within the next two weeks as viewers continue to find the show in on its new night.

Last night’s episode brought in 2.5 million viewers, a 38% increase from the winter premiere, and almost 10% week to week from episode 2. Key demographics also rose more than 30% from the premiere, coming in this week at 0.3 million viewers 18.49. Last night’s episode also won the night as the most-watched scripted cable program.

In time-delayed ratings, Major Crimes saw even greater growth, as fans who may have missed it on the new day and time are finding it on DVR playback. The winter premiere almost doubled its viewership in Live + 3 day, growing 94% over its live + same day viewership.

UPDATED 4:45PM PST: In L+ 7, even larger gains were seen, with the winter premiere episode finishing with 4.2 million total viewers, up 120% over Live + SD. Even greater increases were seen in key demos, which added increased 150% over Live + SD to 0.5 million viewers 18-49.

Major Crimes continues to be extremely strong against the rest of the cable landscape at large, coming in as the second-most watched scripted cable series of the week in Live + Same Day, L+3 and L+ 7 day, behind only AMC ratings powerhouse The Walking Dead.

Major Crimes is all new this Wednesday at 9p/8c on TNT.