Father’s Day 2011 seemed to be a very fitting stage for the highly successful debut of TNT’s new series FALLING SKIES. I say that because the show is not only about the aftermath of an alien invasion that has fallen upon Earth but more about the desire of a father to find his missing son. The 2-hour premiere of the sci-fi show has claimed the number 1 spot of any new series this year. The invasion story garnered more than 5.9 million viewers. These numbers are based upon stats gathered by fast national data from Nielsen Media Research.
The show stars Noah Wyle and is brought to TNT courtesy of Dreamworks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg himself. “The enormous success of Falling Skies demonstrates 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,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “TNT’s Falling Skies is an exciting, fascinating and often moving story made possible through the magic of DreamWorks Television, an incredibly talented cast led by Noah Wyle and the vision of one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg.”
Here are the rating highlights for the show so far:
-The two-hour premiere of FALLING SKIES, which was sponsored by Hyundai, delivered 5,905,000 viewers, ranking it as cable’s #1 new series launch for 2011-to-date.
-FALLING SKIES also ranks as cable’s biggest scripted series debut since last year’s record-breaking launch of TNT’s RIZZOLI & ISLES (7.6 million on July 12, 2010).
-FALLING SKIES outperformed such high-profile launches as USA’s COVERT AFFAIRS (4.9 million viewers – July 13, 2010) and even one of m favorites AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD (5.3 million – Oct. 31, 2010).
-Among TNT’s key demos, FALLING SKIES averaged an outstanding 2,643,000 adults 18-49 and 3,240,000 adults 25-54. The show’s delivery of adults 25-54 makes it cable’s top series launch for the year-to-date.
The show will move to its regular 10 p.m. (ET/PT) timeframe, after the season premiere of TNT’s popular caper series LEVERAGE.
“Falling Skies takes place in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Tom Mason (Wyle), a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilian survivors. Falling Skies also stars Moon Bloodgood. Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho and Peter Shinkoda.”
Falling Skies is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, Graham Yost and screenwriter Robert Rodat, who wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg. Mark Verheiden and Greg Beeman serve as co-executive producers.