TNT claims ratings title for US summer TV
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Michelle Clancy | 12 July 2014
Robust DVR usage has pushed the season premiere of Rizzoli & Isles on TNT in the US to 8.7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, while the launch of The Last Ship has grown to 7.7 million viewers in Live + 7.

The success cements the chart-topping positions for both shows, with Rizzoli & Isles ranking as basic cable's No. 1 summer series among total viewers and The Last Ship sailing high as basic cable's No. 1 summer series among key adult demos and cable's No. 1 new series for the year-to-date.

Time-shifted viewing scored big deliveries for TNT's entire slate of summer dramas, including Major Crimes, which drew 6.5 million viewers in Live + 7 for its 16 June episode; Falling Skies, which grabbed 5.9 million viewers in Live + 7 for its 22 June instalment; and Murder in the First, which drew 4.9 million viewers in Live + 7 for its 12 June 16 episode.

With the latest data included, TNT now claims six of basic cable's Top 10 summer series.

TNT summer dramas are pulling in significant portions of their audiences through time-shifted viewing. DVR usage brought the season premiere of Rizzoli & Isles an additional 2.9 million viewers over its Live + Same Day delivery, while The Last Ship increased its premiere delivery by 2.4 million viewers