By M. Sharpe
As its summer season begins to wind down, Major Crimes continues to heat up the ratings race, hitting new highs in both same day and time-delayed ratings.
In time-delayed ratings, episode 509 finished its run with the greatest gains across all of cable in Live + 7 day performance, rising 74% over the Live + Same day performance to 6.84 total viewers. Even bigger gains were seen in key demographics, which rose 150% to 1.0 million viewers 18-49.
In Live + 3 day viewing, episode 510 likewise is on track for a big finish, so far showing the biggest gains in total viewers , up 58% over Live + Same Day. In total viewers the episode is currently holding the #2 slot just behind Rizzoli and Isles. In key demographics, the episode has thus far grown 80% to 0.9 million viewers.
Last week’s season high episode continued to perform extremely throughout the week, finishing as the second most watched cable series of the week, behind the season finale of Rizzoli and Isles, and more than 700,000 viewers ahead of third place finisher Fear the Walking Dead.
Last night’s penultimate episode of Major Crimes likewise performed well, despite the across-the-board drops seen by all cable and broadcast shows of the night due to the return of Monday Night Football. 3.3 million total viewers tuned in to part two of the Major Crimes season finale, as the team continued to seek justice for Chief Taylor and unravel the conspiracy around them. Despite the competition from football, the episode outperformed Sunday night’s season finale of The Last Ship, the only other TNT original currently airing, by more than a million viewers. The episode is also expected to perform strongly in time-delayed viewings, once DVR Live + 3 and Live + 7 day numbers are available.
Overall, while the rest of TNT’s summer 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%), Major Crimes is the only TNT drama to grow from 2015, adding 5% in total viewers year to year.
Once again, we at MajorCrimesTV.net want to thank the fans for their continued support of Major Crimes, and encourage as many as possible to watch the series live for next week’s summer finale. We also strongly encourage reaching out to TNT to let them know you support Major Crimes, and that you’d like to see them renew the show for a sixth season. You can tweet them @TNTDrama, visit them on Facebook, and for more information on how to make your voice heard, click here.