Cable ratings: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ keeps most of its audience in week 2

It’s still wrangling ratings.

Whenever you have a show like “Dallas” that premieres to a great deal of fanfare and attention, you expect it to premiere big — on the other hand, you have to be prepared for some pretty steep second-week drops as the hype goes away and people move on to other things.

Thankfully for TNT, it still seems that most people are interested in staying around for their new version of the soap. In its second week, the show drew a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic along with almost 4.8 million viewers. If you consider the fact that there is probably some substantial DVR viewing that would be thrown in there after the fact, then this is a number that the cable network has to be pretty satisfied with. (It’s also on par with a number of other drama series on the network.)

Now, the real question is just if the show will keep this success up from here on out. If the numbers stay above a 1.0 or so in the demo, we feel pretty confident that Southfork Ranch will be back around for another season — otherwise, it could be dicey. With the large cast that “Dallas” employs (including a few icons of the small screen), this cannot be a cheap show for them to both license and produce.

“Dallas” was actually tied with a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” on TBS for the highest-rated broadcast on cable for the night. Our “reading between the lines” judgment? Dr. Sheldon Cooper is a beast.

Did you watch episode 2 of the show, are you still finding it to be a worthy continuing of what we saw decades ago?

Photo: TNT

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