'Rizzoli & Isles' and 'The Closer' wrap up record seasons on TNT

TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles wrapped up its first season on Monday as the No. 1 ad-supported cable show of all time among viewers. The first season averaged 8.7 million viewers – a first for an ad-supported cable show. But the Angie Harmon starrer wasn’t the only series to post records for TNT: The Closer also finished its most-watched season ever on Monday with 8.4 million viewers. It now ranks as the No. 2 most-watched series of all time among viewers on ad-supported cable.

Last night’s finale of Rizzoli averaged 6.6 million while Closer lured 7.2 million. “TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles have made this a summer to remember, from their record-breaking ratings to Kyra Sedgwick’s big night at the Emmys,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in a statement.  “The Closer proved that a series in its sixth season can continue to reach entirely new creative levels while also building in audience.  Rizzoli & Isles brought two exciting new personalities to television and quickly established itself as a hit in its own right.  We are extremely proud of both series and the tremendous success they have enjoyed.”

Rizzoli’s July 12 premiere holds the record as cable’s most successful series launch of all time, with more than 9 million viewers, according to TNT.  The Aug. 9 episode currently ranks as ad-supported cable’s top scripted series telecast for the year-to-date, with 9.3 million viewers.


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  • K

    I only started watching The Closer last winter, catching reruns. It is an excellent, well done show. Rizzoli & Isles…I wanted to like it but gave up about halfway through. The “cheese” factor was too much for me. 2 convicts who both tried to kill Angie Harmon’s character before – are out to get her again…in the same year? When it looks like deja vu during the first season, it’s time to go.

    • Will

      I thought the first episode was disappointing, too, but I said I’d give it another shot. It gets much, much better as a “murder of the week” show.

  • Rumplestiltskin

    Another disappointing episode of Rizzoli and Isles. Obvious from early on that the cop was dirty. No cell phones anywhere, lame. As for The Closer, can’t tolerate that phony drawl on Kyra.

    • smc

      Uhhh…did you miss it when the broke into the station they had a jammer. Stated loud and clear. And yes I did figure the cop was bad mid-way through, but who cares, still beats the reruns.

    • Craig Hildebrand

      They never even tried to use a cell phone!!!!! In real life everyone of them would have tried more than once. Of course, when my cell phone doexn’t work the first thing I think is: There must be a jammer so I’ll just stop trying. It was moronic.

  • Phil

    K, you really didn’t watch, did you? That wasn’t the plot at all.

    • K

      I didn’t bother with the second one, no. It sounded so much like the pilot and I was already losing interest so it wasn’t hard to just drop it.

  • Amiee

    I’ve been a fan of The Closer since the beginning and I’m happy that they have kept the same quality even through season six. It’s just as good or even better than it was in it’s first three seasons. I have to agree with K above though. I really wanted to like Rizzoli & Isles but I just couldn’t get past the ridiculous parts of the show.

  • LDSK

    I was so excited when Kyra won the Emmy. It’s about time she was recognized for her outstanding work on that show. I agree that it is just as good as it ever was.

    I couldn’t get in to Rizzoli & Isles but I like the two actresses on the show so I’m glad it’s doing well. More success for TNT means they will be more likely to continue with their original programming. That’s fine by me!

  • Kay

    I have been relying on cable to provide worthy shows. TNT single handedly saved my summer viewing (Closer, R&I, and Leverage). Good for TNT and I hope they continue to succeed.

  • JJ

    @Kay – I couldn’t agree more! The Closer, Leverage, Burn Notice and Warehouse 13 were the only shows I watched all summer. I can’t think of one program on the broadcast networks that interested me. Horray for TNT (and USA…and SyFy)

    • ltc

      JJ we are on the same page, just add in Eureka.

      Is there anything on the broadcast networks? (Fringe I will watch)

  • jfms777

    I am delighted for “Closer” and particularly for Kyra. Without her success, there would be no “In Plain Sight,” “Rizzoli,” “Covert Affairs,” “Saving Grace,” “Damages,” “Hawthorne”. The network
    brass would never have taken a chance on a drama built around a woman–unless they thought it had “something extra.” Kyra proved to be the “something.” Yes, “Rizzoli” has a long way to go, but I bet next season’s writing will get stronger, reflecting more on the chemistry between the two leads.

  • Michael

    The ending to Rizzoli and Isles was spectacular! I’ve never seen such well done cinematography done on a show and those last few seconds were breath-taking. I am sorry to those who did not stick around long enough to see the finale.

    • amanda

      Michael, I completely agree. It was brilliant! I was in awe.

    • Adam

      I agree as well. I was shocked only 10 eps were made though. I don’t want to wait until next summer to see more. And, I think the show got a lot better throughout the season.
      Also, it’s a shame TNT has to lead on that they might eventually become lesbians with each other even though the books definitely say otherwise. Now, I wouldn’t object if TNT totally switched up the series and made them lesbians in the end. I’m a guy who has his wishes…:)

    • christy

      i agree with you. the finale was great can’t wait for season 2.

  • Lorie

    Because I loved Angie Harmon on L&O, I really wanted to like R&I, but I can’t stand Isles. This character gets on my last nerve!

    IMO, The Closer is far superior to R&I in every way. I was so happy when Kyra Sedgwick finally won an Emmy. She deserved it.

    • Tina

      Yes, the Isles character is incredibly annoying. In their quest to make her ‘quirky,’ they’ve made her… an irritating, socially inept savant.

      • KeiraNY

        Oh noooo!! I love Maura Isles! She’s adorable and I find her nerdiness incredibly endearing. And, she’s a bit of a hottie too! Gotta give Maura some love here! :)

      • Hannah

        I love her too, but my favorite show is Bones which might explain that.

      • Nicole Michaels

        Yes I like Maura Isles. She is funny…not annoying. She is very sweet tender and kind. Go Maura Go!!!

  • Karen

    I agree that it’s amazing to see The Closer as strong as ever in the writing and the ratings in its 6th season. The characters and the plots still capture my attention. Well done. P.S. Love that hottie Fritz and the stable adult relationship between him and Brenda.

  • Dav

    8.7 huh? Wow, I can think of a few Broadcast shows who would kill for those numbers.

  • jmcg

    I’ve loved the Closer since the beginning and last night’s episode did not disappoint. I wonder what the new LAPD chief will do with Brenda’s major crimes division; can’t wait until December. Tried to watch R&I but really can’t get into it. Caught bits and pieces of it last night, and could not get over the whininess of R&I when her brother was shot and what was with the cheesy super slow-mo of the final shoot scene? It was ridiculous.

    • Erick

      It wasn’t cheesy, it was beautiful. And sad.

      • jmcg

        No, it was definitely cheesy.

      • Erick

        Sorry you feel that way.

      • Tina

        I agree, cheesy. But the whole show is cheesy. And I haven’t missed an episode!

    • Hannah

      I’d be whiny too if my brother was dying.

  • maggie

    The Closer is still a great show in its 6th season. I’m happy that Kyra finally won an Emmy, but the whole cast is solid.

    R&I isn’t a great show. I watched a few episodes because of the actors involved, but stopped watching because the writing was so bad.

    • Terry

      Maggie: I agree. I don’t watch much TV, but I love The Closer. I watched every episode of R&I, but even to a TV neophyte like me, I could see that the script writing for R&I is inferior to that of The Closer. There’s something not credible about the dialogue and the characters. The characters seem one-dimensional, sort of cartoonish, whereas on The Closer, the characters are more believable. Just my opinion.

  • HC

    Yea, Rizzoli & Isles writing is def. not that fresh, but I continue to watch every episode just to see Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander go back and forth with each other, and of course Lorraine Bracco!! But seriously if Angie Harmon wasn’t playing Rizzoli, I wouldn’t watch.

    • Meloni

      Angie and Sasha make the show for me. They are great and I enjoy their characters.

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