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‘Great Escape’ off to shaky start for TNT

Reality show draws 1.6 million, down from 'Falling Skies' lead-in

TNT’s relaunch into reality got off to a somewhat shaky start Sunday night when “The Great Escape” opened to 1.6 million viewers.

In the 18-49 demo, show debuted to 827,000 in the 18-49 demo and 914,000 in 25-54.

Skein, where three pairs of contestants are dropped into a secret location and must find a way out, aired at 10 p.m. following a new episode of the net’s hit drama “Falling Skies.” The Noah Wyle-starrer drew 3.8 million viewers, meaning less than half of those watching “Falling Skies” stayed for “The Great Escape.”

“The Great Escape,” hosted by NFL Network personality Rich Eisen, was created by Justin Hochberg and Charlie Ebersol, who exec produce with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Bertram van Munster of “The Amazing Race.”

Similar to rival USA Network, TNT is making a major push in reality. Currently in development are musical competition series “American Troubadours,” from Nigel Lythgoe and Matthew McConaughey; “Cold Justice,” where old murder cases are reopened; “Rivals,” an inside look inside horse racing; and “24/7: Los Angeles,” which examines the LAPD.

TNT’s last attempt at reality came in 2009 with Mark Burnett’s “Wedding Day,” which fared poorly and was not renewed for a second season.