Going into this week’s two episodes of Major Crimes there was very much a suspicion that something wrong was happening to Sharon Raydor. What they didn’t know was just how tragically her story would end.
Let’s make it clear that we don’t attribute some of the best ratings of the season to it being Mary McDonnell’s final two episodes, largely because there was no way that the casual fan would have know that Sharon would die. Yet, maybe it was the fear of her death that got viewers to watch, or maybe it was just the fact that there really wasn’t all that much else on to watch at the time.
The first episode of Tuesday night’s Major Crimes block drew 2.44 million viewers, which is the strongest performance of the season. The second episode, meanwhile, drew a total of 2.33 million — enough to make it the second-best episode of the season. Just in terms of viewership alone you would think that the network would be happy with these numbers — they far surpass many of their other shows!
Yet, here we are with Major Crimes cancelled and there not being a whole lot of hope that there’s going to be more of the show moving forward. The show is more or less done, especially without McDonnell as the series lead — hopefully the rest of the journey proves to be worthwhile but the strong ratings at the moment are yet another reminder of just how the show could’ve lasted a little while longer with a network that seemed more willing to support it. (Sure, we do give TNT credit for six seasons of Major Crimes plus all of the episodes of The Closer beforehand — we just don’t understand why the new regime is so interested in shifting around the reputation of the network as much as they are.)
Two more episodes of Major Crimes air next Tuesday and mark our words — we are insanely curious to learn just how good the ratings end up being for those given that we won’t having Sharon as a part of the show anymore.
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