Solid Ratings for TNT’s ‘Last Ship’; ‘Falling Skies’ Down

The Last Ship Ratings

Post-apocalyptic drama “The Last Ship” bowed to pretty good numbers Sunday for TNT, even as the net’s “Falling Skies” opened its fourth season with its lowest premiere scores to date.

Nielsen estimates that “Last Ship” averaged a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, a 1.4/4 in adults 25-54 and 5.3 million total viewers for its 9 p.m. premiere, making it the top cable premiere of the summer in the key demos. In total viewers, it outdrew the series premiere of ABC’s music competition series “Rising Star” and ranks first among all 2014 cable premieres.

The 1.2 rating in 18-49 is the second highest drama bow of the past month, ahead of the likes of Fox’s “Gang-Related,” NBC’s “Crossbones,” AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and ABC Family’s “Chasing Life.” NBC’s “The Night Shift,” which benefited from airing behind “America’s Got Talent,” opened to a 1.6 rating in late May.

Two weeks ago, TNT opened “Murder in the First” to a 0.64 rating in 18-49 and nearly 3.8 million viewers for its initial airing.

“Last Ship,” based on a novel of the same name, tells the story of a lone unaffected U.S. Navy ship following a global pandemic that wipes out 80% of the world’s population. Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra star

Following “Last Ship” on Sunday, the 10 p.m. season premiere of “Falling Skies” did a 1.0 rating/3 share in adults 18-49, a 1.3/3 in 25-54 and about 3.7 million total viewers. Last year’s two-hour, third-season premiere did a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.21 million total viewers.

Counting a quickie repeat that aired at 11 p.m., “The Last Ship” drew 7.4 million total viewers on Sunday. And including its midnight encore, “Falling Skies” attracted 4.7 million.




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  1. AnimeGale says:

    Does anyone know when the second season is supposed to be airing? I’ve been scouring IMDb, and various forums, but the best I could come up with was someone saying they saw a commercial advertising June 2015. Can anyone confirm that is when we will be seeing season 2 of The Last Ship? I’m dying to see more!

  2. Bill Chan says:

    Why does your first line say The Last Ship did “pretty good” numbers? Sounds like they blew away all comers, including those on the big networks. What does it take for you to say “impressive” or “excellent”? Snobs.

    • AnimeRelief says:

      I’m guessing since 5 million isn’t anything fancy in comparison to a lot of other large series’ premieres. However, these are mid-year numbers, where all the big shows, on the big networks have all ready finished airing their series.

  3. Reality TV Sucks says:

    wonder if they counted the fact that I watched Falling Skies Friday night…On Demand!

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