Ratings: Falling Skies Opens Big, Killing Finale Up, Daytime Emmys Lose Luster

The two-hour premiere of TNT’s Falling Skies averaged 5.9 million total viewers on Sunday night, making it the No. 1 cable series premiere of the year-to-date. It also ranks as the most-watched debut of any scripted cable series since TNT’s own Rizzoli & Isles (which last July copped 7.6 million viewers), besting both Covert Affairs (4.9 mil) and The Walking Dead (5.3 mil).

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Elsewhere on Sunday night….

* The controversial/polarizing season finale of AMC’s The Killing was watched by 2.3 million total viewers, up 26 percent week-to-week. (Demo numbers are not yet available.)

* NBC’s presentation of the 2011 Miss USA competition dominated the Sunday demos, scoring an easy win with a 2.2 rating. In total viewership, it was only edged out by 60 Minutes (7.25 mil to 7.35 mil). All told, Miss USA surged 57 percent to match its best demos since 2005, while drawing its biggest audience in four years.

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* CBS’ broadcast of the Daytime Emmys — now featuring even more Las Vegas and brazen Young and the Restless pimpage — plunged 27 percent from last year’s demo numbers (to a 0.8 rating), while drawing 5.4 million viewers.

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Games of Thrones finale numbers are dragon a bit, and have yet to come in.

What were you watching on Sunday night?

Comments (16)

  • What was THAT?! The daytime Emmy’s i mean?! The soap parts were SO rushed. We didn’t even get to hear what SHOWS the nominees was on. They have time for plenty of Vegas ****, but not for the soaps?!They couldn’t show REELS from the nominated actors and shows?! Ridiculous. Soap FANS got NOTHING!!!!

    Comment by BillyVictoriaAmeliaFan – June 20, 2011 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree! It was not about the actors or awards at all. It was all Vegas and charity. It felt like a telethon!!

      Comment by Amanda – June 20, 2011 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree. I tried to watch it, but just couldn’t get into it. Daytime Emmy Awards should be great fun for fans of daytime tv and this was not. Very rushed, the presenters didn’t even announce the nominees before revealing the winners, a speed-talking announcer did. This left no time at all for shots of the stars in the audience, very little to almost none of that, which is a big reason why fans watch. And no fun clips of soap scenes from what I saw. Just a horrible half-assed broadcast. One long commercial for Vegas for sure. Shouldn’t bother at all if that’s the crap they care to turn out. Grade: F-.

      Comment by april-ann – June 20, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree. The daytime Emmys were awful. The Las Vegas numbers were so unnecessary and the pimping of the Jabot product line was ridiculous. Do they think having those performances is going to make people watch? Of course not. Most of the people who want to see the Daytime Emmys are the Daytime soap fans yet they barely seemed to acknowledge soaps.

    Comment by Theresa – June 20, 2011 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would rather have the Daytime Emmys un televised just so the hard working actors/writers/directors of soaps to have a little dignity this was embarrassing.

    Comment by Katie – June 20, 2011 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Totally, totally horrendous on all counts. From the opening “number”, to the Vegas shilling, to the terrible presenter writing, to the no-show Oprah. Never allow anyone who produced, wrote or directed this nonsense to ever work an awards show again.

    Comment by Bob – June 20, 2011 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Curious that Falling Skies was pictured in the link, but isn’t referenced here…

    Comment by John Berggren – June 20, 2011 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Conspiracy theory!

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – June 20, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Surely some timing issue with the headline and the update. Thank you for the update! Hopefully it’s good and will last. It’s at home on my DVR waiting for me.

        Comment by John Berggren – June 20, 2011 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sure it is, it’s mentioned in the first sentence.

      Comment by Sue – June 20, 2011 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We all watched Miss USA! Had a nice party and rooted for our home state that actually won the pageant. Great show, and pleased about the ratings for 2011 Miss USA Pageant. We whooped Miss America ratings for sure.

    Comment by Frank – June 20, 2011 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In Plain Sight! I loved Marshall playing the reasonable mother hen while Mary sniped and generally stuck her head in the sand concerning her pregnancy.

    Comment by Ashley – June 20, 2011 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was disgusted by the “brazen Young and the Restless pimpin”. I even like Y & R but that was too much.

    Comment by Lorie – June 20, 2011 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Next week’s numbers will be down by at least 2 for Falling Skies. My wife and I were totally turned off by this simplistic drivel.

    Comment by Alienate – June 21, 2011 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matt, you do make me laugh somteimes!! Let us know when Games of Thrones numbers are in.

    Comment by Beth – June 21, 2011 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fallng Skys, two hours of my life I’ll Never Get Back! It’s been done so many times, and this one has nothing new! It would be better to bring back Felix The Cat reruns.

    Comment by Carby – June 21, 2011 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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