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

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.




Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen and Martin

    Bruce Springsteen's Director, Thom Zimny, on the Move from 'Broadway' to 'Western Stars'

    Director Thom Zimny is due for a big September: Come Sept. 22, he’ll find out whether he’s winning an Emmy Award for directing “Springsteen on Broadway” for Netflix. Ten days before that, he’ll be at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival to premiere a theatrical feature, “Western Stars,” which he co-directed with his muse and subject, [...]

  • BritBox Is 'Not a Rival to

    BritBox 'Not a Rival to Netflix and Amazon' but Something Different, ITV Exec Says

    BritBox, ITV and the BBC’s joint “best of British” streaming service, is not being positioned as a rival to Netflix and Amazon but offers something those two streaming giants don’t, ITV director of television Kevin Lygo said. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Friday, Lygo said BritBox would be a “different thing” that allowed [...]

  • Stefano Sollima for Web Story

    'ZeroZeroZero' Creator on Making an Old Story New and How Andrea Riseborough Got Hurt (EXCLUSIVE)

    Stefano Sollima, the Italian director known in Hollywood for “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and TV show “Gomorrah,” is the main creative force behind cocaine-trafficking series “ZeroZeroZero,” which will world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 5. Festival chief Alberto Barbera has praised it as blowing “Narcos” out of the water. Sollima directed [...]

  • Ballers HBO

    'Ballers' to End After Season 5 on HBO

    “Ballers” is coming to an end after five seasons on HBO. Star and executive producer Dwayne Johnson confirmed the news via an emotional Instagram video. “My heart is full of gratitude to all of you for rocking with us every season. You made us HBO’s highest rated comedy for years and most importantly, you helped [...]

  • Sublime Primetime

    How Emmy-Nominated Writers’ Rooms Keep Politics in Mind

    In a world filled with elections, social movements and national tragedies, how open should the doors of a writers’ room actually be? For some of this year’s Emmy-nominated shows, those doors are wide open. Before the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sept. 22, the Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild Foundation, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content