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).
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.
* 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.
Games of Thrones finale numbers are dragon a bit, and have yet to come in.
What were you watching on Sunday night?