June 26, 2013

THE SKED: “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Perception” Start Strong


RIZZOLI & ISLES has been one of TNT’s most reliable hits, and it launched Season 4 last night in very healthy fashion.  The show was up from its Season 3 premiere in all measurements, with 6.6M total viewers (an increase of more than 1M) and a 1.4 in 18-49s (up 0.2).  That’s quite old-skewing, with less than 30% of viewers under 50, but the show has always attracted an older audience.

The Season 2 premiere of PERCEPTION was good news for TNT as well, as the show had 4M total viewers and 0.8 in 18-49s.  That was up about 500K viewers from what the show was typically drawing last season (although lower than its post-The Closer series premiere), and it was on the high end of Perception‘s 18-49 range.  Less promising was the fact that Perception skewed even older than Rizzoli & Isles, with 75% of its viewers over 50.


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."