TNT earns ‘Major’ boost from ‘Closer’ finale

'Closer' ends run with 9.1 million viewers, 'Crimes' debuts to 7.2 mil

TNT closed out one era and opened a new one with a big turnout Monday night for the finale of “The Closer” and the preem of spinoff “Major Crimes.”

“The Closer” ended its seven-season run with 9.1 million viewers at 9 p.m. “Major Crimes” followed at 10 p.m. with 7.2 million viewers.

Both shows, however, were less impressive in the 18-49 demo as the shows skew heavily toward older viewers: “The Closer” hit 2 million in the demo, while “Major Crimes” attracted only 1.5 million. In the 25-54 demo, “The Closer” registered 2.7 million viewers and “Major Crimes” had 2 million.

The 9.1 million overall viewers for “The Closer” makes it the second most-watched episode in series history, falling just slightly below the 2007 midseason finale. Kyra Sedgwick starrer had a strong run since launching in June 2005, and was the most-watched cable drama series for four years after its debut.

Series, from Warner Bros. Television, was created by James Duff, who exec produces with Sedgwick, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin and Rick Wallace. The same team is also behind “Major Crimes,” where Mary McDonnell has segued from a co-starring role in “The Closer” to the lead for the spin-off.

As of next week, “Major Crimes” will move “Closer’s” 9 p.m. Monday timeslot, paired at 10 p.m. with Eric McCormack procedural “Perception.”