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Ratings: ‘Falling Skies’ Debut Is the Year’s Biggest Cable Launch

Steven Spielberg’s small-screen alien invasion epic draws more than 5.9 million total viewers

"Falling Skies" brought rising ratings to TNT with its debut episode on Sunday night.

The series, about the aftermath of an alien invasion, drew more than 5.9 million total viewers for its two-hour premiere at 9 p.m., making it the top-rated cable series launch so far this year, the cable outlet said Monday.

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The viewership for the show, which is co-executive produced by Steven Spielberg and stars "ER" alum Noah Wyle as history-professor-turned-resistance-leader Tom Mason, included more than 2.6 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, touted the "Falling Skies" numbers as an example of "what can happen when you partner with the best people in the business and give them what they need to do their very best work."

Following the debut, "Falling Skies" moves to its regular time slot of Sundays at 10/9 c.