Cable ratings: ‘Falling Skies’ falls for season 2; ‘The Client List’ ends strong

Tom had a tough premiere.

Is the sky falling for “Falling Skies“? We could hit the panic button after season the ratings for the season 2 premiere, though the real culprit here is probably the Miami Heat for taking a giant chunk of the viewing audience on Sunday night.

Overall, the alien invasion drama beamed up 4.5 million total viewers for its two-hour premiere, and a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic to go along with it. For most cable series this would be a fantastic number, but it is down from what we saw from the show during season 1. You could make the argument that shows routinely drop year-to-year, but for now we’re more keen to blame the NBA Finals. (With that being said, why did TNT even decide to premiere the show up against both “True Blood” and this?)

On a different note, “The Client List” had a pretty stellar conclusion for Lifetime once you factor in expectations. With 2.7 million viewers tuning in for the season 1 finale, Jennifer Love Hewitt managed to bring in almost the same number of viewers that watched the premiere — not only that, but 1.2 million of these were in the demo (which puts its rating close to a 1.0).

“The Client List” has already been renewed for a second season, and while we’re optimistic about “Falling Skies,” it’s better to use a wait-and-see approach to see if some of the typical live viewers ended up catching it on DVR after checking out the big game.

What do you think is the primary reason for TNT’s viewer abduction — was it a so-so first season, or the absence of aliens and Noah Wyle for too long?

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