Ratings: (UPDATED) Major Crimes Goes Out with a Bang; Hits New Season High

By M. Sharpe

219-provenza raydor lrThe season finale of Major Crimes took aim and hit its target, winning as the top cable program of the night, and scoring the highest ratings of the winter season with 5.4 million viewers in Live + Same Day ratings. This was a 10% increase over last weeks episode, and a 4% increase over the previous winter season high set several weeks ago. In the targeted demos, the episode came in with 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.1 million adults 18-49, an increase of 6% and 4%, respectively.

UPDATED 1/24/14: The season finale of Major Crimes propelled the series into its fifth consecutive win as basic cables most watched original series of the week. In time delayed ratings, the series continued to dominate, with a massive 7.1 million viewers in Live + 3 day ratings, a 9% increase over the previous season high from the week before. In key demos, Major Crimes had 2.0 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 day, a 3% and 5% increase over the prior week, respectively.

The season 2 finale of Major Crimes was not only the most watched episode of the winter season, it also scored as the most-watched episode of the entire second season, besting it’s own summer outings!

The penultimate episode of the season was the most watched original series on basic cable, with 6.5 million viewers in Live + 3 day ratings, and 1.9 million and 1.4 million viewers in the 25-54 and 18-49 demographics.

Rounding out the stellar season, as we previously reported, Major Crimes also scored a spot on the Top Ten List of Most Watched Shows in America, where it shared the number 10 spot for most watched show for the week of December 23-29th, among all shows on cable or broadcast. Among its fellow cable shows, it ranks as one of the Top Ten Shows of 2013.

Of the second season of Major Crimes, Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, said, “After launching as basic cable’s #1 new series in 2012, Major Crimes came back with a second season packed with fascinating and exciting cases and a powerful personal story involving Captain Raydor and Rusty, the young witness in her care. It was all brought together by one of the best acting ensembles on television and a production team that is second-to-none. We are enormously happy with the success of Major Crimes and look forward to another exceptional season this summer.”

Source: TVbytheNumbers, TNT Press Release