MCTV Exclusive: James Duff Previews Major Crimes Winter Premiere, the Race for Chief, and Why He Prepared Alternate Scripts For This Season

By M. Sharpe


514- duff raydorAfter a five-month hiatus, Major Crimes returns tonight with the first of eight all-new episodes of its winter season. MajorCrimesTV.net spoke to series creator and executive producer James Duff to find out just what fans can expect from these upcoming episodes, including how Chief Taylor’s death continues to impact the team and the LAPD at large, what we can expect from two major new additions to the cast, and how the long wait for a season six renewal affected how the writers approached the season finale. And stay tuned for after the episode for our special postmortem with Duff on a few of the jaw-dropping turns tonight’s episode delivers.

MajorCrimesTV: It’s great to have you and the team back. It’s been far too long, and with everything that has been going on in the world, it feels very comforting to have Major Crimes, and these familiar characters back in our lives.

James Duff: Thank you, it’s good to be back. I will say, in our present day lives, the world suddenly seems less stable than it used to. I do think having these familiar characters come back for eight episodes right now is something that offers people a little happy familiarity. And people who like the show, I think they’ll like it even more than usual, because they want a little stability somewhere, and the show does, in its own way, foster that stability in the world. It’s a continuance, and no matter what changes in the world, or how it changes, MC is still here, doing its thing. And we’re very glad to be back for that.

MCTV: You’ve mentioned before going into this season that the team was in for a big shakeup, but what struck me even more than that watching the winter premiere was the feeling that this was a bit of a rebirth for the show, and that things are headed somewhere different. Camryn Manheim as Winnie Davis comes onto the scene like a bull in a china shop, butting up against Raydor. It’s very reminiscent of how Sharon really came onto the scene in The Closer and butted up against Brenda. Are we going to see that parallel continue?

JD: Yes. That is a parallel, but there is a difference, in that Brenda handled Sharon’s presence much differently than Sharon is going to end up handling Winnie’s presence. You’re going to see in this episode, Sharon’s first reaction is, ‘may I please go back to work’. But later the later reactions are going to be much different. Sharon is struggling to find a way to deal with Winnie that’s professional, and Winnie knows that, so she goes for the personal. She tries to get some personal antagonism going between her and Sharon, and Sharon does not take the bait. She keeps everything as cool and professional as she can, although she does eventually lose her patience.

MCTV: We see in tonight’s episode that Wes Nolan, who was the undercover cop from the three part finale from summer, is now working with the team. Has he become a permanent addition?

JD: You know, that’s still a question. He’s going to be testifying for years against the white power organization in which he was an undercover agent for five years.  And while he’s testifying against Zyklon B he’s going to be attached to Major Crimes. And he may ultimately end up somewhere else, but he does seem to fit in, and I will tell you that the cast loved Daniel. They adore him and I think he’s a great addition to what we have. But a lot of it depends on our story-telling needs next season and how his career path goes.

MCTV:  Part of this episode focuses the team going through training exercises, and all that’s involved in that. How did that come about being part of this, as we’ve really not seen that before on the show?

JD: No we haven’t, and active shooter training is a big thing that started with the actual LAPD. There wasn’t any active shooter training like this for a very long time, and also the training has now changed. In the past, the police were told to wait for SWAT. But now, you can’t wait for SWAT, and you have to go right in. Your job as a first responder now is to get in there and try to stop it any way you can.

I felt like I didn’t want to do an actual active shooter story, because we did one already last season, but I did want to show how these episodes are disrupting our society, and I also wanted to show how we are training to deal with it. Additionally, it takes a lot of resources to continue this sort of training. A lot of time, a lot of effort and everybody must go through it. Since our show is largely about the lives of police officers, I felt like it was a great way to start our season, by showing them still training. Even the most successful of them still are training to do better.

MCTV: One thing that really hit me in this episode was that, as we’ve seen for the life of the show, the Major Crimes division has always been the darling of the LAPD. It’s the elite division, they’ve been supported by the brass, etc. But it seems that perhaps in this episode, and moving forward, I’m feeling like we might have just seen the first crack in that armor?

JD: Yes, and that is it exactly. Every time new management comes in, there are changes. They look to see where changes can be made, on all sides. It may surprise you to hear that detectives are not the most popular people inside the LAPD, or inside any police department, usually. Everybody feels they get special treatment, especially homicide detectives. The resources that are detailed to Homicide are always envied by other divisions. It’s natural, of course, because you want your money to go in support of people tracking the most violent offenders. But everybody considers their job important, too. And there’s always a question of balance. How much does any one division get, as opposed to another division, and could some of the crimes that are ultimately solved by our detectives have been prevented by resourcing some of these other departments? Those are legitimate questions. Allocation of resources, that’s always a big deal inside bureaucracies. And the LAPD is no different.

MCTV: We don’t see him until next week, but what can you tell us about the other person who’s going to be in the running for the Chief position?

JD: Commander Davis is also in charge of a division that the LAPD supports and that causes a lot of anxiety among other divisions, which is Criminal Intelligence Division, the LAPD’s own CIA. People’s big complaint about Criminal Intelligence is that they swoop in, they get information, and it goes away and it never comes back. And they never share anything they’ve learned with the rest of the department. I mean, these are the rumors and the complaints that you hear from other LAPD officers, that CI is the sinkhole of all relevant information. And that they would rather hold on to their sources and methods than assist in solving crimes. So Commander Davis will have his own issues in terms of the Chief position, and Winnie Davis is going to have issues with him as well.

MCTV: We were all thrilled and relieved by the recent renewal announcement for season 6, but it came pretty late in the game in terms of where you were in the production schedule of these episodes. Did the delay in renewal affect the storytelling and how you wrote this winter arc, not knowing if there would be another season after this?

JD: I was preparing to do the last eight episodes as if we were going to do no more, but we also planned it so the last episode could go a multitude of ways depending on what happened. The word came down [that the show was renewed] before we started shooting the last two episodes. So as things turned out, we were prepared for the renewal with an alternate script, and the renewal came, and so we had that script ready to shoot.


The winter premiere of Major Crimes airs tonight at 9PM/8C on TNT, and don’t forget to come back to MajorCrimesTV.net after the episode as James Duff breaks down two of the most shocking moments of the night.

Thursday morning, delve even deeper into the new episode with a brand new edition of Mary McDonnell’s “What Would Sharon Raydor Do?” Podcast, guest hosted by the editor of MajorCrimesTV.net. Find out just what Sharon Raydor was thinking during tonight’s episode, from the woman who knows her best, actress Mary McDonnell.

Warner Bros Sets Release Date for Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season DVD Set

MajorCrimes_S5Warner Bros Home Entertainment has announced today that Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season will be released on DVD on May 30, 2017.  Featuring all 21 episodes of the fifth season (of which the last 8 begin airing next Wednesday, February 22nd), plus DVD extras including deleted scenes and the ever-popular gag reel, this is a must-have for fans of the show!  See the press release below for more information on the DVD release.

 

 

SEASON FIVE OF TNT’S HIT CRIME DRAMA

MAJOR CRIMES

IS SET FOR RELEASE ON DVD

MAY 30, 2017

FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Five-Disc DVD Set Will Include All 21 Season Five Episodes Plus All-New Never Before-Seen Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel

BURBANK, CA (February 15, 2017) – The fifth season of TNT’s powerful crime drama Major Crimes is set for release on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). Available in stores May 30, 2017, Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season will feature all 21 gripping episodes from the hit police drama’s fifth season, on DVD, plus a gag reel and deleted scenes. The show that started as a sequel to the acclaimed police procedural The Closer, has become one of basic cable’s top programs. During Season Five, Major Crimes ranked as TNT’s #2 show and as the #5 series on basic cable television, and has delivered close to 10 million total viewers per episode via all platforms (Source: Nielsen P2+ Reach, Live and DVR, 6 min qualifier; Omniture SiteCatalyst; Bango for Mobile Apps, Rentrak OnDemand Essentials for VOD. VOD reporting is dependent upon data from the individual MVPDs, which is often delayed by days or weeks. VOD numbers are current as of the time they were pulled and should not be considered final.). The five-disc DVD set will retail for $39.99 SRP.

The fifth thrilling season of Major Crimes finds the dedicated team of detectives tackling some of the city’s most complicated criminal cases. The division is led by department head Captain Sharon Raydor, portrayed by Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell (Dances with Wolves, Battlestar Galactica). The unit is comprised of Lieutenant Provenza (G.W. Bailey, The Closer, M*A*S*H, Police Academy), Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Tony Denison, The Closer, Crime Story), Lieutenant Mike Tao (Michael Paul Chan, The Closer, Arrested Development), Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz, The Closer, Training Day), tech expert and reserve police officer Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene, The Closer, The D.A.), Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni, One Life to Live), Rusty Beck (Graham Patrick Martin, Two and a Half Men, The Bill Engvall Show), Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco, The Closer, Nip/Tuck), Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett, The Closer, Arlington Road),and Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (recurring guest star Jon Tenney, The Closer, King & Maxwell).

Major Crimes returns with more mysteries in Season Five, as the squad continues to work some of the most challenging murders in the City of Angels. From searching for a missing teenage girl who vanished while helping the homeless, to hunting down the killer of a potentially dirty cop and following up on a beheading in an isolated corner of Los Angeles, cable’s favorite investigators work to arrest and deal out a succession of criminals and killers.

Outside of their work, each member of the team must balance their work and personal lives. Captain Raydor strives to push her adopted son Rusty, (Graham Patrick Martin, The Closer, Two and a Half Men), through college, while figuring out where she wants to go in her ongoing romance with Andy Flynn; Julio Sanchez decides to try to adopt a child himself; Provenza develops sensitivities related to his new marriage to Patrice (Dawnn Lewis); Buzz Watson picks up the 30-year-old murder investigation of his father and uncle; Mike Tao wins an award for his work as a Hollywood consultant; and Amy Sykes confronts the idea of motherhood versus focusing on her career.

“For five seasons, Major Crimes has captivated audiences with its brilliant ensemble cast, engaging storylines and top-notch production. It’s one of the best police procedurals on television today,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. She added, “We’re thrilled to offer another season of this outstanding series to consumers.”

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. The Closer’s James Duff, who also created the series, is an executive producer alongside Duppy Demetrius, Mike Berchem, Adam Belanoff, Rick Wallace, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin. Major Crimes has been renewed for a sixth season on TNT.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

•Deleted Scenes
•Gag Reel

21 (1-HOUR) Season 5 EPISODES:

1.Present Tense
2.N.S.F.W.
3.Foreign Affairs
4.Skin Deep
5.Cashed Out
6.Tourist Trap
7.Moral Hazard
8.Off the Wagon
9.Family Law
10.Dead Zone
11.White Lies – Part 1
12.White Lies – Part 2
13.White Lies – Part 3
14.Heart Failure
15.Cleared History
16.Quid Pro Quo
17.Dead Drop
18.Bad Blood
19.Intersection
20.Shockwave – Part 1
21.Shockwave – Part 2
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Major Crimes Renewed for Season 6

s3 cast2Break out the party hats, because Major Crimes has been renewed for Season 6!

The long-awaited announcement came this morning from TNT, which has ordered 13 episodes for the sixth season. In past seasons, this order has been increased, so it is widely expected this may happen again for Season 6.

The news comes just over a month before the premiere of the second-half of Major Crimes Season 5, and only a few days before the end of principal photography for the season.

Major Crimes is TNT’s Number 1 series in total viewers, and has been on of cable’s most-watched drama series since its premiere in 2012.

The renewal comes as TNT has continued to try and revamp its image, moving away from the procedurals that Major Crimes, and its predecessor, The Closer, hailed from.

Season 6 will also welcome Major Crimes 100th episode, a welcome milestone for the series.

Read TNT’s full press release about the renewal below:

TNT’s Hit Series Major Crimes Renewed for Season Six

Top 10 Cable Drama Returns for Season Five Winter Premiere
Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Turner’s TNT has picked up a sixth season of the hugely popular crime-drama Major Crimes, from Warner Bros. Television, which has consistently ranked as one of cable’s most-watched drama series since its chart-topping debut in 2012. The show’s stellar ensemble cast – including two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco and Graham Patrick Martin – will return for the 13-episode sixth season. Major Crimes will close out its fifth season with an eight-episode run that begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

This past summer, Major Crimes reached an average of 10 million viewers per episode across TNT’s multiple platforms and finished the third quarter ranking as one of cable’s Top 10 dramas with adults 18-49. Initially launched as a follow-up to TNT’s long-running hit The Closer, Major Crimes quickly established itself as a must-see drama in its own right. In its first season, it ranked as cable’s #1 new drama of 2012, and it has remained among the most-watched dramas on cable ever since.

Major Crimes centers on a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. Led by Captain Sharon Raydor (McDonnell), the squad includes Lieutenant Provenza (Bailey), Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Denison), Lieutenant Michael Tao (Chan), Detective Julio Sanchez (Cruz), tech expert and reserve officer Buzz Watson (Keene) and Detective Amy Sykes (Giovanni). Collaborating on many of their cases is medical examiner Dr. Morales (Del Arco). The squad’s work has also become a source of inspiration for Rusty (Martin), Sharon Raydor’s adopted son, who hopes one day to have a career as a lawyer.

In addition to the main cast, Major Crimes features recurring appearances of Emmy winner Camryn Manheim as Deputy Chief Winnie Davis, Jon Tenney as Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Bureau Fritz Howard, Kathe Mazur as DDA Andrea Hobbs, Jeri Ryan as Linda Rothman, Ransford Doherty as Coroner’s Investigator Kendall, Rene Rosado as Gustavo Wallace, Leonard Roberts as Commander Leo Mason, Dawnn Lewis as Patrice Perry, Daniel DiTomasso as Detective Wes Nolan and Jason Gedrick as former Detective Mark Hickman.

In the upcoming run of episodes, the squad will move inexorably to fill the vacant Assistant Chief post that Fritz Howard has been temporarily filling, a position that Sharon is considered for as well – whether she likes it or not – creating tension within the department. In addition, Sanchez will try once again to become a father; Flynn and Sharon will continue down the path to matrimony; Provenza will consider retirement; Rusty will intern for DDA Hobbs as he looks toward attending law school when he graduates from UCLA; Buzz will attempt to help the family of the man who murdered his father; Sykes will confront an old foe in Mark Hickman; Tao will be instrumental in solving a case dealing with plastic explosives; and Dr. Morales joins the squad for the entire investigation of a very personal mystery.

This spring, Major Crimes will mark a significant milestone for members of the cast and production team who have been working together since the very first episode of The Closer. With the Major Crimes season finale in April, they will celebrate their 200th episode together.

Major Crimes was created by James Duff, who also serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard & Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff, Mike Berchem and Duppy Demetrius. The series is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

514 – “Heart Failure”

WINTER PREMIERE: “Heart Failure” – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
When Captain Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes Division investigate the murder of a young woman found in the LA River, their case is not only impeded by a secretive PI working for a tech industry millionaire, but also by Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim), who regards Sharon as competition for the promotion to Assistant Chief of the LAPD.
Directed by Nzingha Stewart
Written by Ralph Gifford
Created by James Duff

 

Major Crimes Returns for Winter Season on New Day and Time

By M. Sharpe



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TNT today announced that the second half of Season 5 of Major Crimes will premiere on February 22nd at 9pm/8c.

While the move back to the 9pm hour that the series previously held since its premiere in 2012 is a welcome one, the move to Wednesday marks the first departure from a Monday airing since the show’s predecessor, The Closer, premiered in 2005.

The second half of season five will focus on the power vacuum created at the LAPD when original cast member Robert Gossett (Chief Taylor) departed the series last fall. Emmy winner Camryn Manheim joins the series for the 8-episode winter run, as well as a host of new and familiar characters.

Major Crimes is TNT’s most-watched cable drama, and has ranked in the Top 10 of all cable programs for the past 4 years. This season Major Crimes brought in 93% more viewers than any new TNT series, including outperforming highly touted the series premiere of Good Behavior by more than 3 million viewers. This summer, the series ranked as one of the top 3 cable dramas of the week for it’s entire 13-week run, and brought in 131% more viewers than any other current or former TNT series in the 10pm time slot for the past 5 years.

There is currently no word from TNT on a season 6 of Major Crimes.

Read the full press release from TNT below:

Top 10 Cable Drama Returns Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Television’s favorite squad of detectives charge back to TNT this winter when Major Crimes returns to solve eight more mysteries on the way to its explosive fifth season finale. Major Crimes features a stellar ensemble cast including two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Michael Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert (and reserve officer) Buzz Watson, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales and Graham Patrick Martin as Rusty Beck, Sharon Raydor’s adopted son. The winter premiere of Major Crimes is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TNT.

In addition to the main cast, Major Crimes features recurring appearances of Emmy winner Camryn Manheim as Deputy Chief Winnie Davis, Jon Tenney as Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Bureau Fritz Howard, Kathe Mazur as DDA Andrea Hobbs, Jeri Ryan as Linda Rothman, Ransford Doherty as Coroner’s Investigator Kendall, Rene Rosado as Gustavo Wallace, Leonard Roberts as Commander Leo Mason, Dawnn Lewis as Patrice Perry, Daniel DiTomasso as Det. Wes Nolan and Jason Gedrick as former detective Mark Hickman.

Major Crimes centers on a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. This winter, the squad moves inexorably to fill the vacant post of Assistant Chief that Fritz Howard has been occupying on a temporary basis. Along the way, Sanchez tries once again to become a father; Flynn and Sharon move closer toward the path to matrimony; Provenza considers retirement; Rusty interns for DDA Hobbs as he looks toward attending law school when he graduates from UCLA; Buzz attempts to help out the family of the man who murdered his father; Sykes confronts an old foe in Mark Hickman; Lt. Mike Tao is instrumental in solving a case dealing with plastic explosives; and Dr. Morales joins the squad for the entire investigation of a very personal mystery.

Since its chart-topping debut in 2012, Major Crimes has consistently ranked as one of TNT’s most-watched drama series. For the first half of its fifth season, the show reached an average of 10 million viewers per episode across TNT’s multiple platforms and finished the third quarter of 2016 ranking as one of cable’s Top 10 dramas with adults 18-49. Stemming from TNT’s hit original The Closer, many of the cast members have been playing their roles since 2005 and will hit their 200th episode together during the finale.

Created by James Duff, Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard & Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff, Mike Berchem and Duppy Demetrius serve as executive producers.

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Ratings: Major Crimes Closes Summer Season With a Bang; Shows Greatest Cable Gains in L+3

By M. Sharpe



MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)Major Crimes wrapped up its summer season with a quite literal bang last night, as the team worked to solve the mystery of the courtroom conspiracy. 3.10 million viewers tuned in to see the final part of the summer finale, marking the first time Major Crimes has had to compete against both Monday Night Football and the regular fall season of broadcast premieres. Despite the competition, Major Crimes won the night as the most-watched scripted cable broadcast. In key demographics, the episode rose to 0.4 million viewers 18-49, down from the season average, but up from last week by up 20%.

As has been the case throughout this summer season, Major Crimes continues to perform very strongly in time-delayed ratings. Episode 511 (the first part of the summer finale) added over 2.39 million viewers in Live + 3 day viewers, growing to 6.45 million viewers. That earned it the #1 spot for the greatest gains (+56%) in total viewers of all cable programs for the week, including the series finale of Rizzoli & Isles (+36%). Greater gains were seen in key demographics, where the episode doubled in L3 to 0.8 million viewers 18-49, an increase of 80% over Live + Same Day.

As we first noted yesterday, since moving to the 10PM timeslot this season for the first time, Major Crimes has vastly performed all nine TNT scripted series which have previously held a 10pm time slot since 2012. Major Crimes season 5 average of 0.45 million viewers 18-49 in Live + Same Day is currently performing over 41% better than the final season average any of the other series TNT has had at 10pm in the last four years. In total viewers, Major Crimes is performing 131% better (1.61 TNT 10pm series average; Major Crimes: 3.72 million) than the average of all other TNT series in the 10pm slot since its inception, including Proof, King and Maxwell, Falling Skies Legends, Monday Mornings, Perception, Public Morals, Transporter, and Franklin & Bash, all series which have since been cancelled.

Compared to TNT’s only other 10pm show this season, Murder in the First, Major Crimes performance is even more impressive, with growth of 95% in key demographics (MITF: 0.23 million, MC: 0.45 million) over Murder in the First’s viewership. In total viewers, Major Crimes easily more than doubles its viewers over Murder in the First, growing 171% with an average of 3.7 million viewers over Murder in the First‘s 1.37 million.

As this summer season comes to a close, we ask TNT to please renew Major Crimes for season 6. We also ask fellow fans to help us by sharing our Open Letter to TNT President Kevin Reilly Regarding the Season 6 Renewal of Major Crimes, tweeting them @TNTDrama, visiting them on Facebook, and for more information on how to make your voice heard, click here.

 

 

An Open Letter to TNT President Kevin Reilly Regarding the Season 6 Renewal of Major Crimes

By Mina Sharpe, Editor - MajorCrimesTV.net

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An Open Letter to TNT President Kevin Reilly Regarding the Season 6 Renewal of Major Crimes

Mr. Reilly,

Firstly, let me say welcome, and congratulations on taking over as President of TNT. I’m sure the transition has been trying, and I know it must be satisfying to see the fruits of your first development year finally reaching the airwaves. While you continue to develop your slate for next year and beyond, I wanted to take a moment to talk about one thing that hasn’t been addressed yet for next season – the renewal of Major Crimes.
While you prepare to launch your new shows, and have been busy organizing the renewal of Animal Kingdom and The Last Ship, fans have noticed that announcements regarding the future of Major Crimes have been alarmingly absent. And as the summer finale of Major Crimes prepares to air tonight, I wanted to reach out to you and make a few points about why Major Crimes has been, and continues to be an asset to TNT, and as such, suggest why it more than deserves a season 6 renewal.

1. Ratings
I know that TV is a numbers game, and that decisions regarding renewal are ultimately about finances, advertisers and ratings. So first and foremost, here are some numbers I ask you keep in mind as you consider the future of Major Crimes. While your publicity department hasn’t shared any multi-platform numbers from this season (or for that matter, almost any of the numbers for Major Crimes performance this season) MajorCrimesTV.net has been keeping track of the numbers that have been released from other sources, and has noticed a few important trends about Major Crimes performance this season worth bringing to your attention.

  • While the rest of your slate has seen double-digit losses in their average viewership from 2015 to 2016 (The Last Ship: -24%, The Librarians: -45%, Murder in the First: – 33%)1 Major Crimes has been the only TNT series (aside from the now-defunct Rizzoli & Isles) to grow from 2015, adding 5% total viewers this season over last year. While this increase, and the ratings as a whole for Major Crimes have always been very strong (last year it was the #1 program on your network, and has never fallen below 2nd place as the most-watched program on TNT), this summer’s growth has been all the more impressive because of several unique factors. Continue reading