TNT Scores Ratings With The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles

On a busy Monday night, TNT continued to draw a crowd with the one-two punch of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles, as the Kyra Sedgwick drama drew 6.75 million viewers at 9 p.m., while the newcomer averaged 6.55 million viewers in the lead-out slot.

Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings data, The Closer dropped just 3 percent from the July 19 installment, which averaged 6.97 million viewers. Rizzoli & Isles fell 10 percent from its prior-week delivery (7.27 million). When compared to the season-six premiere, which drew 7.66 million viewers on Monday, July 12, The Closer lost 12 percent of its opening audience, well within the standard deviation.

R&I also held on to a statistically sound percentage of its series premiere, retaining 87 percent of the 7.55 million viewers who first tuned in for the Angie Harmon-Sasha Alexander procedural.

The Boston-based R&I showed similar resolve on the demo front, averaging 2.34 million adults 25-54, down 14 percent from the prior week’s 2.71 million adults. With a draw of 1.74 million viewers 18-49, the new series slipped 12 percent from last week’s 1.98 million.

Leading off the night, The Closer averaged 2.22 million adults 25-54, marking a 98 percent retention rate among the key demo. The show continued to lose ground among younger viewers, however, luring 1.57 million 18-49s, a drop of 5 percent from last week’s 1.66 million. (Episode two of The Closer saw viewers 18-49 fall off 17 percent from the season premiere.)

Over on USA Network, WWE Raw posted its usual numbers, averaging 5.19 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. The wrestling showcase improved its deliveries by 9 percent over the July 19 draw (4.78 million).

A new installment of History’s unscripted series American Pickers snatched up 4.44 million viewers in its 9 p.m.-10 p.m. time slot, beating out the likes of TLC’s Cake Boss (1.66 million total viewers) and ABC Family’s new dramedy, Huge (1.58 million). History’s hit also trumped sibling network A&E’s Intervention (1.31 million).

At 10 p.m., Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey scared up 2.59 million viewers, down a few ticks (6 percent) from the previous week’s 2.74 million. TruTV’s All Worked Up averaged 1.57 million viewers between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., up 12 percent from last week’s 1.4 million, while MTV’s Hard Times of RJ Berger averaged 993,000 viewers, a 6 percent improvement from 935,000.

Meanwhile, Oxygen’s sophomore competition strip Dance Your Ass Off landed 567,000 viewers, up 12 percent from 507,000 on July 19.

Earlier in the night, ABC’s hit drama Secret Life of the American Teenager slipped 16 percent to 2.56 million viewers at 8 p.m., down from 3.04 million the prior week.