Tune In: Original Cable Programming

No. of subscribers: 92 million

Network topper: Steve Koonin

Programming topper: Michael Wright

Top originals: The Closer

Upcoming originals: Heartland (series), Saving Grace (series), The Company (miniseries)

The skinny: TNT has lots of pluses. “The Closer” is a major hit, the most consistently highest-rated scripted series in the history of basic cable. TNT has built up a solid inventory of theatrical movies that are box office winners. Its NBA contract gives it a doubleheader every Thursday, the NBA All-Star Game, and a massive number of playoff games. Despite these assets, TNT fell from first to second place in total viewers among ad-supported cable networks in 2006, and is second again for the first quarter, behind USA. One problem is that TNT still relies heavily on reruns of “Law & Order” and “Without a Trace,” both of which are showing signs of wear.

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