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The Closer Returns With 6.1m Viewers & Perception Debuts to 5.6m

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 07/10/2012

The Closer

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TNT’s The Closer Returns with 6.1 Million Viewers as New Drama Perception Launches with 5.6 Million Viewers

The Closer Scores Cable’s Top Returning Drama Telecast of the Summer; Perception Joins TNT’s Dallas among Cable’s Top Series Launches of 2012

 

 

 

 

The CloserTNT‘s blockbuster series The Closer returned for the first of six final episodes last night, drawing 6.1 million viewers,this summer’s largest Live + Same Day audience for a returning cable dramaThe Closer was followed by the series premiere of TNT’s new drama Perception, which drew 5.6 million viewers and now ranks behind TNT’sDallas on the list of cable’s top series launches for the year-to-date.

Among key demos, The Closer averaged 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 1.7 million adults 25-54 in Live + Same Day. The premiere of Perception brought in 1.1 million adults 18-49 and ranks behind Dallas as cable’s #2 drama series launch among adults 25-54 (1.5 million).

About TNT’s The Closer

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For seven memorable seasons, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and the LAPD’s Major Crimes unit have closed some of television’s most intriguing, mind-bending and surprising cases. This summer, Johnson and her team face their final cases together as the record-breaking blockbuster series starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick comes to an end. Sedgwick is joined by The Closer’s extraordinary Screen Actors Guild Award®–nominated cast includesJon Tenney as Brenda’s husband, FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard; J.K. Simmons as Police Chief Will Pope; Corey Reynolds as Detective Sergeant David Gabriel; Robert Gossett as Commander Taylor; G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza; Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez and < b style=”font-size: 12px;”>Phillip P. Keene as audio-visual technician Buzz Watson. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell also stars Captain Sharon Raydor, the role she will continue TNT’s new series Major Crimes, which is slated to premiere right after The Closer‘s Aug. 13 series finale.

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The Closer

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The Closer is produced for TNT by The Shephar d/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by James Duff, who serves as executive producer with Greer ShephardMichael M. Robin,Kyra Sedgwick and Rick Wallace.

About TNT’s Perception

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It’s mind-over-murder as Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack stars in this all-new drama series about an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, with Rachael Leigh Cook as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases; Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki, who serves as Pierce’s teaching assistant; Kelly Rowan as Natalie Vincent, Daniel’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton plays Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend.

Perception, which comes to TNT from ABC Studios, was created by executive producer Ken Biller (Star Trek: VoyagerSmallville) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Enterprise), with McCormack serving as producer.



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