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TBS’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles” gets a fourth season, ‘Dallas’ a second season

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In a no-brainer move, Atlanta-based TNT has renewed its popular cop drama “Rizzoli & Isles” for a fourth season and 15 episodes in 2013.

The show starring Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon is averaging 7.1 million viewers (including three days of DVR usage). That’s down a bit from last year’s 8.8 million but still very impressive considering it’s now anchoring its own night on Tuesdays, no longer paired with “The Closer” on Mondays.

And despite a major dropoff in ratings over three weeks, the network is giving its 2012 version of “Dallas” a second season of 15 episodes in 2013.

After a gusher of an opener of 6.9 million viewers, the show fell to 4.8 million week two, then 4.1 million this past Wednesday. USA’s “Royal Pains,” in a head-to-head duel, actually beat “Dallas” in total viewers this week. While total viewers for “Dallas” has fallen 41 percent, 18-49 ratings have dropped a more modest 27 percent.

Overnight ratings no longer matter as much in this age of DVRs, especially for scripted shows. Clearly, TNT sees enough DVR usage to mitigate the overnight ratings fall-off.

“Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in a press relase. “With Dallas’ top-flight ratings, robust growth through time-shifted viewing and the extensive online buzz, it’s clear the Ewings of Southfork have once again captured the imagination of viewers.”

Meanwhile, FX’s reintroduction of Charlie Sheen last night opened big, relatively speaking for the network: 5.6 million over two episodes of “Anger Management.”  Now the question is: how many will try it again next week? The feedback has been fairly positive on my earlier blog entry on this show.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

18 comments Add your comment

Just Sayin'

June 29th, 2012
4:36 pm

Hagman is still playing JR to the hilt. Glad that Dallas gets a second season!


June 29th, 2012
5:57 pm

I’m very happy to learn that Dallas has been renewed for a second season. Thanks TNT!

Judge Smails

June 29th, 2012
6:14 pm

Rizzoli and Isles is great! Dallas sucks big-time!


June 29th, 2012
6:23 pm

Dallas is great. Rizzoli sucks big-time.


June 29th, 2012
7:25 pm

Love Rizzoli and Isles. Great show! Congrats!


June 29th, 2012
9:43 pm

Good news on both. My wife and I watch both each week on DVR a day or two later.

Mike in Georgia

June 29th, 2012
9:44 pm

I don’t understand TNT anymore….they keep these “fluff” shows but cancel “Men of a Certain Age”, a great show with great acting and storylines…, Memphis Beat, an incredible new show in 2011 that was surprisingly “cool” and just “different” from many cop shows…and “Dark Blue”, another interesting cop show with aggressive policing (not unlike Southland or The Shield). Do you guys not realize that people like me aged 58 spend 5x more money on goods and services than the 18-29 market you so desire…wtf?…there are things called DVR’s we use because there are many shows on we like at the same time or night?…do you not realize there are now dozens of original programming outlets than before when it was just the big three? WAKE UP!

Mike in Georgia

June 29th, 2012
9:45 pm

And, P.S., I do watch R & I because I’m a T & A man but…geez, sometimes it is terrible with terrible acting. I always liked Sasha from her NCIS days!

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Mike in Georgia

June 29th, 2012
10:26 pm

And lastly, TNT bigwigs, “Raising the Bar” was an incredible show and lightyears ahead of Franklin & Bash. So what gives there?….why cancel one good lawyer show and then start a “fluff” one?

benita michelle wheeler

June 30th, 2012
1:58 am

it brings back childhood memories.


June 30th, 2012
4:05 am

I managed to live through the first run of this BS show. TNT went back 40 years to revive a show about rich, pompus, and self obsorbedIt white people in Texas. There weren’t enough of these already on, so they dragged Larry Hagman’s old ass out of mothballs to do it. It would be nice to be able to sit down with MY family to watch something relatable. And, don’t get me started on Rizzoli & Isles, set in Boston. Texas, were they darg you behind pickup trucks, and Boston, which historically speaks for itself. These people still don’t get it!!


June 30th, 2012
7:30 am

Wow., Romburg. You are cranky. Go to bed instead of posting at 4:05 am.


June 30th, 2012
7:47 am

Two episodes of Dallas and they think it is due for renewal?! I’ve not even seen it. Have never heard of the other show, but the brunette lady in photo accompanying this article is cute.


June 30th, 2012
9:32 am

When I first heard “Dallas” was coming back, I was totally not on board. However, it works. I hope it stays on for at least four years.

The REal FAn

June 30th, 2012
4:42 pm

Sorry Mike in Georgia you have to watch the show more than once.
And get all your slacker freinds to watch


June 30th, 2012
6:39 pm

@Mike in Georgia–the reason advertisers don’t aim for folks your age is that it’s presumed by then you already have brand loyalties. The younger demographic is viewed as still “in play” and malleable to develop brand loyalty.

@Rodney–you should hyperlink that last column in your final sentence!

Ivan Cohen

July 3rd, 2012
12:14 pm

The original Dallas made it to the DVD sets, will this revival do the same? Only time will tell. They say lightning doesn’t always strike twice in the same place. Are there any plans to dust off Knots Landing to see if Gary Ewing, Val and Abby have what it takes to merit a reprise? Rizzoli & Isles making it to a fourth season says something for persistance. The 18-29 market has a lot of options. Not all of them are going to plop down in front of a television set for entertainment.