TV Ratings: Weak Launch for TNT’s ‘Mob City’

Mob City

Frank Darabont drama opens to 2.3 million viewers; 875K in adults 25-54

TNT’s noir crime drama “Mob City,” which seemed like something of a dice-roll for the network, opened to modest ratings Wednesday night.

Loosely adapted by writer-director Frank Darabont from the nonfiction book “L.A. Noir,” the miniseries averaged 2.29 million viewers for its first two hours, according to Nielsen.

While below TNT’s average for its mainstream scripted series, it did outperform another of the net’s originals dramas of this year: David E. Kelley medical drama “Monday Mornings,” which opened to a mere 1.34 million viewers in February.

In key demos, “Mob City” averaged a 0.6 rating (801,000 viewers) in adults 18-49 and a 0.7 rating (875,000 viewers) in adults 25-54. Its lead-in, the movie “Red,” drew 2.58 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating in 18-49.

The numbers may well grow in the coming days as more viewers check out the period crime drama via DVR or authenticated online streaming. But the lack of a strong turnout for the premiere is a bad sign given TNT’s efforts to market the property as an event series, scheduling back-to-back episodes on three consecutive Wednesdays.

By comparison, “Major Crimes,” one of TNT’s top shows, on Monday averaged 4.21 million viewers, including 850,000 adults 18-49 (0.7 rating) and 1.14 million adults 25-54 (0.9). And on the comparable Wednesday a year ago, back-to-back repeat episodes of “Castle” averaged 1.93 million viewers on TNT, including 576,000 adults 18-49 (0.45 rating) and 694,000 adults 25-54 (0.6 rating).

TNT’s top-rated originals have tended to be procedural fare, but the cabler has made a concerted effort to break out of its comfort zone with shows ranging from “Southland” to “Men of a Certain Age” in an effort to keep from becoming a one-note network in primetime.

A good miniseries comparison for “Mob City” is USA’s “Political Animals,” another six-hour project that was a bit off-brand for the network. “Animals” bowed in July 2012 with 2.62 million viewers for its premiere.

“Mob City,” whose cast includes Jon Bernthal, Neal McDonough and Milo Ventimiglia, was previously known as “L.A. Noir” and then “Lost Angels” as it went through development.

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  1. CristalM. says:!!! this show we DVR’d the first 3 two hour episodes and I can’t wait for the nxt episodes!!!

  2. snake says:

    Sunday night Bonnie and Clyde, watch it, there will be a test Tuesday.

  3. so4delish says:

    considering you could not have seen the first two episodes. they showed you the first to our episode and then ran it right after that…it’s going to be played only on Thursday for 3 weeks that means December 5,12,19th. its a three week or once a week six hour mini series and obviously you must have been paying too much attention if you thought you saw the first two episodes. However for everybody else who disliked did and would like to know the real story and not spend three weeks waiting and picking their nose & falling asleep during Mob City. who has better things to do especially around the holidays to waste 3 weeks on the show that has talent miss actors and you got horrible reviews after the first and only Episode!!!

    Tonight on Cinemax one of the channels from 8 to 11 on the east coast so if you live in a different timezone figure it out if you can they will be showing Gangster Squad. And if anything then watch Gangster Squad and then continue and watch part 2 Mob City this up coming week 2 hours & then FINALLY ENDING on 12/19…Part 3…Ends it FOR Good!!! I don’t know how you can justify what you wrote when you think you saw the first two episodes and they were the same thing back to back and you have nothing to compare it to like the movie Gangster Squad that if you watched the making of this TV event they talked about the movie and how they were just about being produced at the same time but the movie obviously got more attention had a better script and got done and was out and it took longer to do this television thing which honestly sucks

  4. veronica says:

    Having seen the first two episodes, I feel that if you pay close attention , you’ll find it worthwhile. Some shows don’t just spell it all out for you..they are more of a slow burn..I feel that this one will pay off.
    We’ve already found out that the female lead is Teague’s (Jon Benthal) ex.

  5. so4delish says:

    not at all impressed! I figured I’d give it a try I fell asleep during the second showing and then I tried again and found myself not interested and doing other things. I did see the movie Gangster Squad…which is basically the same exact story but in about a two hour movie that came out before this dead but I think this was being filmed at the time. I recently watched it on stars are showtimes few weeks back it was fantastic you had Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin a bunch of great other really famous actors in some that are you know not so famous. It was impeccable not only did they get the era of the time. With the clothing and the way the city look and the scenery the backdrop you know the cars but since I’m half Italian and have quite a lot of knowledge about the aka mob it was pretty much you know 9 out of 10 stars right there. So when I heard this is coming out I figured I’d watch it because they even said it was kinda like the movie Gangster Squad and like I said I was horribly disappointed. I will not attempt to watch this 1st two hour episode again and I will not watch the remaining two. When they talked about that Monday mornings show I did not see that either and I didn’t like the political animals show and kind of thought maybe they come back with that for a few episodes. and I’m highly agitated that they cancelled Southland…I did not start watching it when it first came out but then I got really into it and it very realistic so when you deal with policeman and suicide and addictions to drugs in alcohol and the fact that people are gay & they don’t normally discuss that. a wonderful cast and the way they ended last season really leaves a lot of people bitching to find out well what now and even though they cancelled it they should do some kind of a two hour or three hour Shaw to Jess kinda cleaned up and and what we started and how it should end. I don’t know if its lack of creativity from the riders that they can’t come up with anything else to add to the story or maybe they think they don’t get enough money but if you put a pole on an ass people if they wanted you to bring it back or two at least make a couple more episodes I know then more than 50 percent of people would say yes. So if you’re interested in learning about how the mob try to take a foothold in LA but it never happened because the police department in one town the chief picked a special officer who was in the war 2 so let people to be on his team to flush out the mobster and his heroin shipments in 2 California and the gambling money watch Gangster Squad.excellent movie with good looking people and actors it doesn’t get long and drawn out with scenes that are not necessary it gets to the point and a sound effects and such are wonderful and of course we find the truth any and that because of this special team lead by Josh Brolin who was the Gangster Squad was able to run the big mobster to finally being put in jail and killing about every single worker of his. And that it’s true to this day that the mom has never had a foothold in California. I guess they couldn’t get any further than Vegas. However California has one of the biggest gang problems. Definitely check out

  6. John says:

    Tried to watch Mob City, which I had looked forward too. Couldn’t stay with it. For as much gunfire as it had the story seemed convoluted and slow. Right now I couldn’t tell you what I watched. I may give the next one a look but don’t count on it.

  7. snake says:

    Enjoyed it, liked the Allan Ladd noir, staging was Great, not quite their demographic though, I’m 67, I remember the auld noir classic movies. Can’t wait for the rest.

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