TNT has gone 3-for-3, giving all of its freshman series a second-season pickup. The cable network has renewed The Closer spinoff series Major Crimes with a 15-episode second-season order. The series starring Mary McDonnell will end its first-season run in mid-October, with Season 2 slated to roll out next summer. Major Crimes hails from The Closer creator James Duff and Warner Horizon. “With Major Crimes, James Duff and his amazing production team have crafted an incredibly entertaining show that not only honors the spirit of The Closer, but also stands alone with its own voice and spirit,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright.
Immediately following the blockbuster series finale of The Closer, the Major Crimes debut August 13 drew 9.5 million viewers, a new record as basic cable’s most-watched series launch ever. With an average audience of nearly 7 million, Major Crimes ranks as cable’s No. 1 new series year-to-date. It also is one of basic cable’s top three new dramas with key adult demos, averaging 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.1 million adults 25-54. Among all original series on cable, Major Crimes ranks third behind TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles for the quarter-to-date. The renewal follows the pickups of TNT’s other 2012 freshman series, Dallas and Perception.