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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk