Proof, executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick, drew a respectable though older-skewing viewership. It launched with 2.7 million total viewers (Live+same day), dropping to 1.8 million before rebounding and finishing the season with 2.3 million and 2 million the last two episodes, respectively. But according to Live+3 ratings, while the show has been a solid draw in total viewers, it had been older skewing. For the week of July 27, Proof averaged a solid 3.3 million total viewers to rank as No. 7 on basic cable, but its 18-49 viewership was 673,000, good for No. 28. In the prior week, Proof was No. 9 in total viewers (3 million) and No. 41 in 18-49 (547,000). The gap was a little smaller for the finale: 3.2 million (No. 7) and 719,000 (No. 21).
Proof followed Dr. Carolyn Tyler (Beals) on a journey toward answering one of life’s greatest mysteries: Is there life after death? A highly trained surgeon, skeptic and believer in hard science, Dr. Tyler is challenged by an eccentric and terminally ill billionaire (Matthew Modine) to prove whether there is an afterlife. After exploring stories about hauntings, near-death experiences, past lives and more, Dr. Tyler slowly evolves from hardline skeptic to doubter and, ultimately, reluctant believer. Proof co-starred David Sutcliffe, Joe Morton, Edi Gathegi, Caroline Rose Kaplan, Callum Blue, and Annie Thurman. Sedgwick, Rob Bragin, Tom Jacobson, Jill Littman and Alex Graves executive produced.
The series was developed and picked up by the previous TNT regime. Under new boss Kevin Reilly, the network has been pulling away from procedural to push for edgier, darker, younger-skewing fare.