Dynamite Numbers TNT scores this summer with The Closer and Into the West
So what are you watching when Dancing with the Stars isn't on? Probably TNT. The cable network topped rerun-laden broadcasters UPN and WB in viewers aged 18 to 49 during the month of June. Overall, TNT was the most-watched cable network for the month with all viewers, averaging 3.3 million, and with the coveted 18-to-49 crowd.
Monday-night cop drama The Closer, which stars Kyra Sedgwick, is now the most-watched original series on cable. Steven Spielberg's Into the West ranks next, just edging USA's sci-fi hit The 4400.
Here's a look at what's hot and what's not on cable this summer:
Rescue Me: Game 6 of the NBA finals dinged the second-season opener of the FX firehouse drama. It scored 2.9 million, down 21 percent from its premiere of 4 million last summer, but the audience level was on par with what the show was doing throughout last season.
The Closer: The TNT hit has settled in at 5.4 million viewers on Monday night, after opening with 7.5 million two weeks ago.
Into the West: The premiere scored 6.5 million, but last week the miniseries dropped down to 4.1 million. Judging from the ratings among men 50-plus, your dad is probably watching it.
The 4400: The USA hit is averaging 4.6 million so far this year, down 26 percent from last year, when it had a huge premiere and faced a lot less competition by opening its season in July.
The Dead Zone: USA's other sci-fi series is averaging 3.5 million viewers, up 17 percent thanks to a boost from The 4400's lead-in audience.
Family Guy: The show's renaissance on Fox is bringing viewers over to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. Last week three Family Guy episodes were in the Top 20 most-watched cable shows, the highest of which ranked No. 11 with 3.6 million viewers.On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
: The Fox News anchor and legal expert has been all over the story of Natalee Hollaway
, the Alabama teenager missing in Aruba, and viewers are flocking to her 10 pm show for updates. On the Record
averaged 1.8 million viewers, up 45 percent from a year ago. Last week On the Record
was the top-rated show with viewers 25 to 54, putting it ahead of Fox News powerhouse The O'Reilly Factor
The Situation with Tucker Carlson
: A tough start for MSNBC's new entry, with the bow-tied conservative commentator averaging just 214,000 viewers since its June 13 debut. MSNBC's audience for the hour is down 24 percent from a year ago. Maybe Carlson should have old buddy Jon Stewart
on as a guest.