TNT‘s epic drama series Falling Skies, basic cable’s #1 new series last year, launched its second season Sunday night with strong numbers. The two-hour season premiere drew a total of 4,461,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery. Falling Skies, which comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg and stars Noah Wyle, helped TNT rank as basic cable’s #1 network for the night with a 2.3 household rating according to early metered-market data.
The second-season premiere of Falling Skies is expected to grow to more than 6 million viewers when final Live + 7 deliveries are available. Among key adult demos, Sunday night’s Falling Skies premiere drew 1,869,000 adults 18-49 and 2,199,000 adults 25-54 (L+SD).
About TNT’s Falling Skies
Basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011 is back with its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star in the series, which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. In addition to Spielberg, Falling Skies is executive-produced by DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.
Following the East Coast premiere of each episode of Falling Skies, fans can go online to http//fallingskies.com to catch a new installment of 2nd Watch, hosted by Wil Wheaton. The 15-minute digital talk show features discussions about each week’s episodes, interviews with special guests from the cast and crew, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fan questions, trivia and more.
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Major Crimes, Dallas, Perception and Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer’s The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (w.t.) and 72 Hours (w.t.). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
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