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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk