Major Crimes: Season One Ratings

TNT Major Crimes TV series ratingsBrenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) has left the building but that won’t stop her teammates from trying to catch the bad guys — any more than it will stop TNT from trying to attract big ratings. Will Major Crimes be as big a success as The Closer? We’ll have to wait and see.

The series’ cast includes Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Michael Paul Chan, Phillip P. Keene, Raymond Cruz, and Tony Denison.

Below are the TV show’s ratings, the best way to tell if Major Crimes will be cancelled or renewed for a second season. There are 10 episodes in the first season and they air on Monday nights on TNT.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.18 million total viewers.

Episode 01-10: Monday, 10/15/12
0.9 demo rating (+29% change) with 5.13 million (+18% change).
Season averages: 0.89 in the demo with 5.18 million.

Episode 01-09: Monday, 10/08/12
0.7 demo rating (0% change) with 4.33 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 0.89 in the demo with 5.18 million.

Episode 01-08: Monday, 10/01/12
0.7 demo rating (-13% change) with 4.17 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 0.91 in the demo with 5.29 million.

UPDATE: TNT has renewed Major Crimes for a second season.

Episode 01-07: Monday, 09/24/12
0.8 demo rating (0% change) with 4.30 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 0.94 in the demo with 5.45 million.

Episode 01-06: Monday, 09/17/12
0.8 demo rating (-11% change) with 4.67 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 0.97 in the demo with 5.64 million.

Episode 01-05: Monday, 09/10/12
0.9 demo rating (-10% change) with 4.96 million (-16% change).
Season averages: 1.00 in the demo with 5.83 million.

Episode 01-04: Monday, 09/03/12
1.0 demo rating (0% change) with 5.87 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 1.02 in the demo with 6.05 million.

Episode 01-03: Monday, 08/27/12
1.0 demo rating (+11% change) with 5.74 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 1.03 in the demo with 6.11 million.

Episode 01-02: Monday, 08/20/12
0.9 demo rating (-25% change) with 5.40 million (-25% change).
Season averages: 1.05 in the demo with 6.29 million.

Episode 01-01: Monday, 08/13/12
1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.18 million total viewers.
Season averages: 1.20 in the demo with 7.18 million.

It was a great start for Major Crimes but the real test will be what happens in the later weeks of the season.


Cable ratings are typically released within a day or so of the show’s airing, except for in the case of weekends and holidays. They are sometimes harder to come by so there may be occasional delays or gaps.

What do you think? Do you like the Major Crimes spin-off series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?

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  1. diane arnold says

    miss brenda…..like the old cast including brenda’s husband. Get rid of Rusty!!! He is so irritating. Mary is okay but her delivery of her lines can be so grating.

    • Tina says

      Mary is playing the character as written by James Duff.
      In fact, Sharon Raydor and Mary McDonnell are quite opposite.
      In RL she has a beautiful voice, and actually sings quite well!

      And Sharon wouldn’t be Sharon without Rusty. He brings out the best in the entire squad! I’m so glad he’ll be back for S2!!

  2. says

    I didn’t think I would like Major Crimes after being a huge fan of the Closer but, I was very Wrong!!!! I have always loved the characters & they have worked well together so I wasn’t sure if Captain Raydor could make a good fit. I think they have done a very good job on getting Captain Raydor to fit in especially with the relationship with Rusty!! I really like Rusty’s character. For me Rusty is the main character that is bringing the whole department together & showing the “SOFTER SIDE” of all of them especially Captain Raydor. I think this has helped made her a more likable character (instead of the hard nosed detective she portrayed in The Closer). Rusty has also made the rest of the department change from being irritated with Rusty & just wanting to get rid of him to caring about him & trying to help him out best they can!! I guess what I’m saying is I’m really Loving Major Crimes & can’t wait for the next episode & also very excited that there will be another season!!!

  3. DC says

    This series is AWFUL !!! Mary McDonnell is AWFUL and VERY BORING and VERY ARROGANT !!
    That boring story line about that STUPID KID they added is the WORST PART OF MAJOR CRIMES !!!
    The “new” “Assistant Chief” is AWFUL TOO, way too ARROGANT !!!
    BRING BACK Kyra Sedgwick, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson !!!! Especially now that her parents are GONE !!! That used to be the WORST part of “The Closer”all that boring domestic nonsense !!!!
    BTW, Rizzoli and Isles is really AWFUL because of the NONSENSE DOMESTIC STUFF !!! The show is now geared strictly for WOMEN !!!

    • Tina says

      Then do all of us a HUGE FAVOR…AND DON’T WATCH!!!

      Major Crimes is an excellent drama that is well rounded because of the domestic storylines. When you have a window into the personal lives of the squad you know what drives makes them to make decisions that they do!!

  4. CloserFan says

    I’d start watching this show if they got rid of McDonnell. She doesn’t fit into this wonderful cast. I dislike her never-moving face and her monotone voice.

    • Tina says

      Mary McDonnell is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses working today.
      I happen to have met her and she is a gracious human being, someone YOU could take lessons from!!!!
      BTW-Major Crimes was renewed, with Mary McDonnell at the helm!! Not bad for a 60 yr old huh!!!

      • CloserFan says

        She actually isn’t, I can’t stand seeing her annoying face and she’s awful as Raydor. The other cast members are pleasant and talented but she’s just the opposite. She needs to be gone and back into her cave where she crawled from.

      • CloserFan says

        And ever thought people are watching Major Crimes despite her there, for the original Closer cast members and are merely tolerating her? I think many.

  5. Anonymous says

    I hope it gets renewed!!!!! Mary is just as powerful as Kyra, except she’s a little more subtle with it. Remember, she’s coming from Internal Affairs, and she’s learning to be more open about stuff just as we’re getting more open to accept her as the leading lady.Give it a chance – this show has the potential to be cool!

  6. Gail says

    Always watched the Closer, didn’t know if we were going to like the change but it is growing on us. The writing is great therefore actors are better. Also characters are being allowed to develop more of a personality. We hope it is renewed for another year or more.

    Thanks for being allowed to share!

  7. Anonymous says

    Show is great. Building up momentum. There were a lot of connections that had to be made between the Closer ending and Major Crimes beginning otherwise there would be unanswered questions which would drive everyone crazy also. People also have to remember the Closer was not the beloved show in it’s beginning either. It grew on it’s audience and I think Major Crimes is starting to gain it’s momentum. With the great writing staff it has and a great cast it will be successful.

  8. NoWay says

    I watch this show for Mary McDonnell, and I can not figure out, why it is so popular (or why The Closer was so popular). Supporting cast is ordinary. Plots were and are quite predictable. One episode out of 10 can be epic (like 01.05 here), but the rest are average, both in storyline and emotions.
    But I want it to have 2nd season))

  9. Duane says

    I like the show but 2 things bother me. Like other comments-dump the kid! The other was the new black female Det. is she going to be a screw-up all season-hope not.

  10. Why Watch says

    Major Crimes has been a major disappointment. Nothing against Mary McDonnell, but no one can save the Raydor character. And the whiny kid has to go; he ruins what little is good for the show. Do we want Buzz to just be a babysitter? I’ve have shows taped from the last two weeks and am in no rush to watch them. Likely never will with the new season starting.

    • Tina says

      To bad your not watching the MC shows you have taped. Raydor has been fabulous. She is a calming force within the squad. Each of the other characters are having their time to shine, thanks to Sharon’s supportive leadership. And her handling of Rusty is changing him, and dare I say…her! Major Crimes is really coming into it’s own. It’s a great show!!

      • drhenning says

        I so agree.. Just as The Closer was a cut above the run of the mill cop show, after a bit of a little bit of a stumbling start, Major Crimes has found its footing… Raydor is certainly growing on me..

        I suspect that the live ratings will dip some starting next week as the regular Network stuff starts to come back… But plenty of other opportunity to see it during the week along with online and On Demand..

      • Christopher says

        I agree with the non-haters! I loved Brenda but this show is much more grounded! I love the relationship between Raydor and Rusty. It is getting better each week!!!

  11. CF says

    I was a big fan of the Closer, but from what I’ve seen of Major Crimes, I think MC has the potential to be even better than The Closer. I think it has been awesome so far.

  12. says

    I have really enjoyed watching the Closer loved it. I think MC is going to do well. Most of the cast I love. Sykes not so much. She’s so annoying. I love the show

    • Shirley Bivens says

      II really hope they renew Major Crimes. I really enjoy watching I even go to my cables On Demand and watch 3 or 4 times.

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