“Boom” – TNT has renewed summer shows “The Last Ship,” “Major Crimes” and “Falling Skies.”
For “Skies,” a 10-episode run will mark the show’s fifth and final season.
The Turner drama network ordered 13 episodes of the Michael Bay-produced “Last Ship,” an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes of “Major Crimes” for Season 4.
All three dramas rank among basic cable’s Top 5 scripted series so far this summer, the network boasted Friday.
“The Last Ship” has averaged more than 7.2 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery in its first season and currently ranks as basic cable’s No. 1 scripted series this summer among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The show is also cable’s No. 1 new series for the year-to-date among total viewers and adults 25-54.
“Major Crimes” is delivering 7 million viewers in Live + 7 thus far in its third season. It ranks second behind “Rizzoli & Isles” among the summer’s top scripted series on basic cable. “Major Crimes” has also drawn key demo deliveries of 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49.
“Falling Skies” has averaged more than 5.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its fourth season, including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.1 million adults 18-49. It ranks behind “The Last Ship” and “Rizzoli & Isles” among basic cable’s Top 3 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54.
“TNT’s refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas,” said Michael Wright, president, head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “‘The Last Ship’ has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. ‘Major Crimes’ continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And ‘Falling Skies’ has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year’s climactic final season.”
The cable channel will continue its summer rollouts in August with the debut of Sean Bean‘s “Legends” (Aug. 13) and the returns of “Franklin & Bash” (Aug. 13) and “Dallas” (Aug. 18).