Ratings: The Closer Finale Flirts With Series High, Major Crimes Is Now the Summer's Best Premiere

TNT’s The Closer went out with a “bang” in more ways than one, drawing 9.1 million total viewers to its Monday-night series finale — up 52 percent week-to-week and off just 100,000 viewers from the acclaimed drama’s all-time high (set by the Season 3 finale).

Among that haul, The Closer netted more than 2 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo.

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That set a very nice table, thank you so much, for its spin-off Major Crimes, which retained 7.2 million of that audience to claim bragging rights as this summer’s No. 1 cable series launch. MC unseated TNT’s own Dallas (which opened to 6.9 mil) in taking that honor.

Major Crimes, which held onto 1.5 million in the 18-49 demo, settles into its regular Mondays-at-9 time slot starting next week.