TNT opens 2nd season for ‘Closer’

Skein debuted June 13 to more than 7 million viewers

After just three episodes aired, TNT has renewed Kyra Sedgwick police drama “The Closer” for a second season.

Cabler has greenlit 15 fresh episodes, which will debut sometime next year.

“Closer” debuted June 13 to more than 7 million viewers, making it the No. 2 most-watched original series premiere in basic cable history. (Only last summer’s bow of USA drama “The 4400” fared better, drawing 7.4 million). Most recent episode Monday grabbed a 1.3 national rating and a 4 share in 18-49.

Skein also helped TNT surpass broadcasters the WB and UPN in total primetime viewers and key 18-49 demo for the month of June — a first for basic cable.

“It’s great when the viewers make the decision for you,” said TBS/TNT exec veep-chief operating officer Steve Koonin. “This is a fast renewal. We want to show our support but also to let the creative team know they’re going to be back next year.”

Show, from the Shephard/Robin Co. in association with Warner Bros. TV, stars Sedgwick as a tough CIA-trained interrogator working in a special unit of the LAPD that tracks high-profile murder cases.

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