TNT set to renew ‘Falling Skies’

Sci-fi drama continues to garner strong ratings for cabler

TNT sci-fi drama “Falling Skies” is about to be given a third-season renewal. Official word of the pickup should arrive in the next day or two.

Noah Wyle-starrer opened its second season with back-to-back hourlong episodes on June 17. That two-hour block drew 4.5 million viewers in its first viewing and 5.5 million when live-plus-3 numbers are included.

Series, which airs at 9 p.m. Sundays and is from DreamWorks Television, is exec produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank. Robert Rodat, Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman.

Show chronicles the devastating aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the nine months since the initial invasion, the few remaining survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back.

Turner cabler is off to a strong summer start. Freshman skein “Dallas” drew 6.9 million for its June 13 debut episode and “Rizzoli & Isles” captured 7.1 million viewers when it debuted June 5 in its new Tuesday timeslot.

Net is awaiting the ratings for the premiere of rookie series “Perception,” which stars Eric McCormack and launched Monday. Show was preceded by the first episode of the final season of “The Closer.”