For those of you who caught the season finale of “Dallas” last night on TNT, you saw a pretty thrilling episode that also managed to contain some of the soapy shockers that the original show was known for — and while the ratings were not exactly on “Who Shot J.R.?” levels by any means, there were solid for a serialized cable series airing during the ratings monster known as the Summer Olympics.
Overall, the show drew an impressive 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic — is highest number in weeks — to go along with an audience of 4.3 million viewers. In addition to the show getting a pretty nice bump for its finale, it also seemingly benefited from not having to go up against rival show “Royal Pains” on USA — who opted to air a repeat rather than take on the Olympics. Many other networks did he same, knowing that 30 million viewers checking out sports is too much for them to even bother taking on.
When it comes to season 2, TNT has already made what is a pretty interesting and risky decision — rather than wait until next summer to launch some new episodes, the show will return in January. This may be a smart move in that more people are home to watch television in the winter, but they also better hope that they do not schedule it against something in primetime that could potentially divide up its audience.
For those who have yet to see the series, it is a continuation of the classic show starring Larry Hagman, and focuses on some of these familiar faces to go along with new actors who are just beginning their stories at Southfork Ranch.
Did you catch the finale Wednesday If you want to compare how the show did in its finale versus its series premiere earlier this summer, be sure to check out the story here.