Ratings: Rizzoli Returns Up, Perception Down

Ratings Rizzoli Isles Season 4Rizzoli & Isles copped some very pretty numbers with its Season 4 premiere.

The TNT procedural drew 6.6 million total viewers on Tuesday night, with 1.8 mil landing in the 18-49 sweet spot and 2.3 mil age 25-54. Those tallies mark gains of 18, 20 and 21 percent from its previous opener, and an impressive 50, 63 and 77 percent from its December finale.

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Rizzoli & Isles now stands as basic cable’s No. 1 series telecast of the summer-to-date in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo.

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The news was not as rosy for Perception, however, which led out of R&I with 4 million total viewers, with 1 mil and 1.2 mil landing in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos, respectively. That is up from the drama’s freshman finale (which did 3.5 mil/815K/1.1 mil) but down sharply from its series launch (which, airing after The Closer, drew 5.6 mil/1.1 mil/1.5).

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  1. M. says:

    Glad for R & I!

  2. Barbara C says:

    love R & I…..not too fond of Perception :(

  3. HAP says:

    It’s too bad because Perception is a much more smartly written and acted show than R&I. Eric McCormack is really good as the paranoid schizoprhenic.

    I’ve always had the feeling that R&I just throws in a little crime solving and police work while the show is mostly about lame relationships.

  4. John says:

    Awesome numbers for R & I! Keep it up, ladies!

  5. Elyse says:

    yay for R&I! I watched the Perception pilot but I didn’t like it. stinks for Perception though!

  6. MoshePipik says:

    TNT, it’s an amazing cause an effect situation you have yet to figure out. Promote your show (Like with multiple magazine covers, appearances on the talk show/late night circuit, etc) and your show comes back high. Don’t promote the show, and nobody watches it. Why this network can’t figure this out is beyond me.

    Happy for Rizzoli and Isles. I just wish the network would give some of its other shows the same kind of promotional push.

  7. Ram510 says:

    Not bad for Perception though. TNT did a terrible job promoting this summer. Especially for the new show King &Maxwell, Perception and Franklin & Bash. Clearly they wanted to put all there eggs in one basket

  8. Eric7740 says:

    Way to go RIzzoli and Isles!!! Love my TNT summer shows Rizzoli and Isles and Major Crimes!!!

  9. lyn says:

    I turned Perception off halfway through. That woman psychiatrist looks like she’s way old or had a bad facelift. Her neck is creepy. But that’s just MO.

  10. Danielle says:

    So happy for Rizzolli and Isles. I don’t even know what that Perception show is supposed to be about. I turned the channel as soon as Rizzolli and Isles was over. If TNT wants people to watch their shows they need to promote better. It’s like they know Rizzolli and Isles is their breadwinner and everything else falls to the wayside. Whatever…I’m gonna keep watching my favorite summer show!

  11. Babygate says:

    This is awesome news! I was hoping the ratings wouldn’t be lower than last season but as it turns out they are in fact much higher. A million more viewers than S3 premiere. This is all because of the amazing, easy chemistry that Sasha and Angie have. That’s what the show is about because as far as the actual cases are concerned, they are pretty weakly developed. The holes in the plot are huge. Like last night. The motive for a sister to shoot the other sister was pretty poorly developed, not to mention that she shot a rifle with a baby on her back?? That baby would have been hysterical and maybe deaf after the rifle went off, but, whatever… And making Casey come back just to sleep with Jane and then he’s all, oh sorry but I have to go back to Afghanistan again. Please… just get rid of him. On the other hand, all the Maura/Jane scenes were golden. Love that Frankie made detective and that Angela and the Captain got together again. That’s the appeal of the show, the chemistry and the relationships. If this was just about the crimes, it would have flopped a long time ago. But while I hope that Janet Tamaro steps it up in the realism department, as long as Jane and Maura are on, I will be a fan…Looking forward to next week with Amaury on. Based on the promos he and Jane seem to have a really interesting dynamic…

  12. I watched the whole season permiere with bated breath, expecting Casey to tell Jane: my transportation gig in Germany fell through… :P

    I think Rizzoli & Isles hit a creative high last year in season 3. When I say that I don’t mean it had less plot holes or more intrigue, but that the writers and creator had a lot of interesting things to say. In season 3 they hit a stride and they were comfortable in their (purely Janet Tamaro, zero Tess Gerritsen) shoes, so the show went from peripheral viewing to essential feelgood material for me, and on screen Angie is responsible for most of that excellence, this is certainly THE role I will remember her in, not the other L&O thingamajig.

    Having said that, noone can guarantee the next season is the same. A lot of staff on shows may think they’re writing to the same caliber/, but the end product just don’t have the same energy. I still recall Bones feeling like a tightly-run ship through seasons 2 and 3, and then when I saw Booth’s belt buckle in the season 4 premier I was like uh-oh, they’ve lost the plot (or maybe all they’ve lost was Janet Tamaro). It was a barely perceptible sign that the earth has moved.

    Eric McCormack per se is great, but Perception the show is a soup of elements that don’t come together very well. That’s why it feels weak as a whole.

  13. JAO says:

    I fall asleep during R&I. Not so during Perception. It is a smartly written show. Love Eric!

  14. Babybop says:

    Perception premiered?? Crap. I missed it.

  15. Leave Comments says:

    I like Perception and I hope it gains more of an audience. I thought they were copping out and having him be “fixed”, but that quickly went to the wayside and I am liking the way they are heading in general.