Rizzoli & Isles Rizzoli & Isles

The premiere of Rizzoli & Isles attracted 7.6 million viewers, making it the second-biggest cable TV series debut ever.

Monday night's launch of the TNT crime drama finished slightly behind the 2008 unveiling of Raising the Bar — and it managed to keep almost all of the 7.7 million viewers for the Season 6 start of The Closer starring Kyra Sedgwick.

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"The tremendous viewer response to Rizzoli & Isles is very gratifying," said Michael Wright, the head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies.

Rizzoli & Isles — starring Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) — is based on Tess Gerritsen's best-selling book series in which Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli teams up with her friend and medical examiner Maura Isles.