Series continues to deliver solid numbers
TNT has renewed “The Closer” for a fourth season, coming off a July performance in which its four airings claimed the top four spots among the month’s most-watched cable programs.The show, in which Kyra Sedgwick plays an offbeat LAPD investigator, continues to rack up impressive numbers in its third season. A June debut that averaged 9.6 million viewers kicked off a season in which it has averaged 7.8 million viewers for its first seven episodes. Figure is up more than 15% over the average of 6.7 million viewers last season and is easily the best in all of cable. While the show skews fairly old — only about 25% of its aud is comprised of 18-49ers — it typically draws more than 2 million viewers in the advertiser-friendly demo, making it cable’s top summer drama performer in this category as well. Perhaps the more interesting storyline will come when TNT makes a decision on its other two Monday originals. “Saving Grace,” the Holly Hunter cop drama with a spiritual twist, has performed solidly in its first two weeks in the 10 p.m. slot behind “The Closer,” making it a prime candidate for renewal. And “Heartland,” the Treat Williams medical drama, looked like the summer’s first casualty when TNT moved it out of the post-”Closer” slot to make room for “Grace,” putting it on in the normally soft 8 o’clock hour. But it has, in some weeks, pulled in more than 3 million viewers since moving to its new time, potentially giving the show new life.