TNT’s ‘Legends’ Debuts OK

Well, at least Sean Bean didn’t die in the first episode of Legends on TNT last night. In fact, you could say the much killed actor found new life with the debut of the Howard Gordon produced spy thriller series at 9 PM. Certainly Legends found a lot of viewers with 2.6 million tuning in to watch the first broadcast of the 1-hour pilot. However, that’s down from the blockbuster debut of The Last Ship on TNT back on June 22. With the best cable debut of the year and knocking out Big 4 shows, the Michael Bay EP’d post-apocalyptic sea set drama pulled in 5.3 million total viewers for its first broadcast with 1.5 million viewers among Adults 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers among the 25-54 demo. TNT’s other debut of the summer, Murder In The First had 3.8 million viewers for its June 9 launch. With no new lead-in, Legends had 1 million viewers among Adults 18-49 and 1.1 million among Adults 25-54.

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Not that the heavily promoted Fox 21-produced Legends, which TNT has picked up for 10 episodes last year, didn’t get a lot of eyes elsewhere too. For the past week, the David Semel-directed pilot has been available on multi-platforms for viewers to watch. The pilot was also played in its entirety at Comic-Con this year.  Based on the book by Robert Littell, Legends focuses on the work and life of the Bean-played Martin Odum. An undercover agent for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division, Odum has the ability to develop a new identity for each assignment. His success at work barely covers the fraying Odum feels as he begins to wonder if he is who he thinks he is – if he keeps his head say unlike Bean’s role on the first season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones

The series debut of Legends was followed at 10 PM last night with the Season 4 premiere of Franklin & Bash, which was watched by 1.25 million. Renewed last October for another cycle, the legal dramedy was down from the 1.97 million who watched the Season 3 opener on June 19 last year. The Season 3 finale of F&B had 2.17 million viewers on August 14, 2013.


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