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TNT’s ‘The Closer’ closes out with 9.1 million; ‘Major Crimes’ opens with 7.2 million

Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Leigh Johnson is last seen on "The Closer" biting into a Ding Dong, not a cookie. CREDIT: TNT

Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Leigh Johnson is last seen on "The Closer" biting into a Ding Dong, not a cookie. CREDIT: TNT

How did you like the series finale of "The Closer"?

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SPOILER ALERT: Brenda Leigh Johnson bowed out of TNT’s “The Closer” by getting her nemesis, a serial rapist, even if it meant having to shoot him a few times to ensure he wouldn’t kill her. She quickly found a new gig at the District Attorney’s office to boot. In the end, 9.1 million watched the series finale last night, the second most ever over the series’ seven years.

The show became TNT’s biggest hit to date, a breakthrough for the network in 2005, and won Kyra Sedgwick an Emmy in 2010. But Sedgwick after seven seasons wanted to do other things so TNT and the show creators quickly segued the show into a spinoff called “Major Crimes.”

“Major Crimes” aired right after “The Closer” and keeps most of the existing “Closer” cast. It held about 80 percent of the “Closer” audience, pulling in 7.2 million viewers. The question is how many will stick around in future weeks without Brenda?

“The Closer” has been the most popular basic cable show of the summer, averaging more than six million viewers the same night and at least eight million viewers a week including DVR usage. (Repeats would lift that well over 10 million.)

A lot of folks felt disappointed by the finale, that it felt a bit rushed, didn’t quite pack the emotional punch we were hoping for.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

14 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

August 14th, 2012
5:07 pm

They could have taken 2 hrs to wind up the end – I wanted to see Brenda’s nasty lawyer-nemesis get disbarred.


August 14th, 2012
5:28 pm

Major crimes was just ok

Rodney Ho

August 14th, 2012
6:19 pm

@Mercedes. I think a two-hour finale would have worked out better but they clearly had an agenda: introduce “Major Crimes.” I’m personally not vibing with the Mary McDonnell character. You?


August 14th, 2012
6:41 pm

Hello Everybody!!!!!!!

Bet ya’ll thought this old lady was gone for good, but I’m baaaccck!!!! I’ve just been laying low this summer.

I hope all of you have had a great summer so far. Mine has been okay, but not great. Can’t complain though cause I’m still kicking as high as I can, which right now, isn’t very high.

As soon as I can get around alittle better, I will start my Christmas shopping and baking and get it over and done with. Don’t like to wait until the last minute.

It’s so good to see friends here again. I will try not to stay away so long as I’ve been this summer. I do spend time on FB but there are days when I don’t even go there. I usually grab my Kindle and read. This summer I have loaded 78 books and have read most (52) of them.

Need to check on my dinner I’ve got in the slow cookers. Yummy, homemade pork barbecue and brunswick stew..

Mercedes S.

August 14th, 2012
7:28 pm

Nana, maybe you have some books to recommend?

RoHo, getting ready to watch my “Major Crimes.” As long as Cap’n Raydor doesn’t take over the show, as long as we get enough of the rest of Brenda’s crew, I’ll be ok with “MC.”


August 15th, 2012
8:03 am

Decent ending, but I agree with you guys – wish they’d taken 2 hours to finish up, and give us a little bit between Brenda and Fritz – I really liked their relationship – they had a lot of chemistry, mostly because Fritz was written as such a patient, loving, nurturing husband. I will truly miss this show.

Mercedes S.

August 15th, 2012
8:13 am

Finally saw “Major Crimes” and decided to follow it. Raydor is a prickly character and very different from Brenda, but I’ll enjoy watching the tricks I’m sure SHE has up her sleeve too. The show runners need to temper Provenza’s temper, though. He’s supposed to be the calm and steady one.


August 15th, 2012
8:40 am

Mercedes: what I meant yesterday on our regular “home” – a couple of snots getting nastily political, making stupid remarks neither you or I, or Harriett, agree with. But I refuse to go there (Or D will take my head off!)

Mercedes S.

August 15th, 2012
8:59 am

OK, Sam-A!

As for “Timothy Green”, a bit too twee for me.


August 15th, 2012
11:04 am

The MC show had too much of Commander (a-hem assistant chief) Taylor on there. I hate show that feel a political hack has to have some prominence in a program. Raydor tries too hard to not be Brenda Leigh Johnson. The scenes that had Mr. Brenda Leigh Johnson in them seemed to be as if he wasn’t in the room. Hopefully it will get better. Also, I am on a crusade to get some like MC to not use the George Carlin seven words. The shows functioned well without them but that is for another time.


August 15th, 2012
11:24 am

I liked the finale I didnt feel rushed but 2 hrs would have been fine with me if only to give an extra hour of Brenda.

I didnt warm to Major Crimes, I think they should have put Provenza in charge and kept Raydor around to be the irritant. They would have had plenty of conflict from the dynamic of Provenza being in charge of the people he used to work with. I’ll try watching it again next week but if I dont get into it, I wnnt bother tuning into it again


August 15th, 2012
1:49 pm

I loved the Brenda Lee huge purse moment! I’ve looked and looked for a bagzilla like that and when she shot through it – I was like – oh, no…they just killed bagzilla! But thankfully, it came back…sort of.

Missing 'The Closer'

August 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

I watched the finale and also thought it was rushed. And did not tied up the loose ends to my liking. Still trying to figure out what was the whole thing with the Rusty kid.
And what happened to Pope? But my favorite moments were Brenda attacking dude in the elevator and then shooting him thru the purse. As my daughter would say – he got served!

I only watched the first 30 minutes of Major Crimes. I wasn’t really that impressed so I decided to get an extra 30 minutes of sleep. I will check it out on On-demand and see if its worth following.

Jeannie Carroll

August 21st, 2012
12:25 am

No one can replace Kyra! Especially mousy Mary McDonald. Won’t be watching after all these years. So sad. We shoot shoot Pope, Radnor and the Asst Chief. Very demoralizing.