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.
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.
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).