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?

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  1. BillyVictoriaAmeliaFan says:

    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!!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Totally agree! It was not about the actors or awards at all. It was all Vegas and charity. It felt like a telethon!!

    • april-ann says:

      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-.

  2. Theresa says:

    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.

  3. Katie says:

    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.

  4. Bob says:

    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.

  5. John Berggren says:

    Curious that Falling Skies was pictured in the link, but isn’t referenced here…

  6. Frank says:

    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.

  7. Ashley says:

    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.

  8. Lorie says:

    I was disgusted by the “brazen Young and the Restless pimpin”. I even like Y & R but that was too much.

  9. Alienate says:

    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.

  10. Beth says:

    Matt, you do make me laugh somteimes!! Let us know when Games of Thrones numbers are in.

  11. Carby says:

    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.