Nearly 6 million tuned in Sunday for the two-hour premiere of “Falling Skies” – the alien-invasion series produced for TNT by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle.
The audience tally had TNT crowing that the first installment of “Falling Skies” represented the highest-rated debut of any series on cable this year. Interestingly, though, TNT had an even bigger launch a year ago with the female-buddy cop show “Rizzoli & Isles,” which drew 7.6 million viewers last July 12. TNT even noted the “R&I” ratings in its announcement about the “Falling Skies” numbers. (“R&I,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, returns for Season Two on July 11). Specifically, the “Falling Skies” viewership came in at 5.905 million.
TNT happened to mention that “Falling Skies” drew more viewers than two other high-profile launches on cable in the past year – “Covert Affairs” on USA, which attracted 4.9 million viewers last July; and “The Walking Dead” on AMC, which debuted with 5.3 million last October.
“Falling Skies” moves to 10 p.m./9c this coming Sunday (June 26), following the return of “Leverage” at 9/8c on TNT.