Yesterday, TNT announced its Major Crimes TV show would end with the upcoming sixth season. Now, creator James Duff, and star Mary McDonnell are reacting to the news that Major Crimes is ending, and it sounds like a cancellation to us. Check out their reactions, below, and let us know what you think.
A sequel to the Kyra Sedgwick crime drama, The Closer, Major Crimes made its TNT debut back in August of 2012. The police procedural series also stars G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Leonard Roberts, Jessica Meraz and Daniel di Tomasso. Jon Tenney, Ransford Doherty, Kathe Mazur, Rene Rosado, Dawnn Lewis, and Bill Brochtrup recur. The sixth and final season premieres on Halloween, October 31st, at 9:00pm (ET/PT). TNT says two-episode series finale will air on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Creator James Duff Responds to the Major Crimes TV Series Cancellation
On Facebook, Duff makes it clear that the decision to end Major Crimes was not his idea and was not a creative one. In addition to saying he does not want to leave the drama series, Duff says, “The actors, the writers, the producers and our talented crew would have held on as long as we were relevant.” He also goes on to thank the viewers for following Major Crimes even as it was bounced from timeslot to timeslot. Check it out.
Major Crimes Star Mary McDonnell Addresses Series Cancellation
McDonnell, who has starred as Commander Sharon Raydor since the TV show premiere, says she is not surprised that TNT cancelled Major Crimes, saying, “The writing was clearly on the wall.” As you can see in her Instagram post, below, while she is proud of what they’ve accomplished, she is still trying to make sense of the cable network’s choices.
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Dear #GREATESTFANSEVER Firstly, we all move on to the next TOGETHER. Secondly, as many of you have stated, this was not a surprise. The writing was clearly on the wall. Trying to make sense of TNT's choices is an activity that James Duff and Mike Robin and all of us have been engaged in for a long time. We tried as best we could, believe me. And we are extremely proud of the work and particularly proud of Season Six. You deserved a season with great depth and that is what you will be given. We will go thru it with you. I'll talk more, if I may, tomorrow on #WWSRD but for now know that you are cherished always and all of us will continue to hold you dear as fans. Mary❤️
Major Crimes: A Look at the Ratings
Although the sixth and final season of Major Crimes does not premiere until the end of October, and the show’s Nielsen ratings did drop off last year, it remains one of TNT’s strongest TV shows.
The fifth season of Major Crimes averaged a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.19 million viewers. While that is down by 26% and 11% (respectively) over season four, it still beats out most of TNT’s original, scripted TV shows.
In season five, it drew a larger total viewership than any other original series on the cable network. In fact, Major Crimes‘ average total audience surprassed the third season of The Librarians, by more than a million viewers and the fourth season of The Last Ship, by about 1.5 million.
In terms of its demo ratings, Major Crimes‘ ranks third out of TNT TV series. It comes in right after The Librarians and the new crime dramedy, Claws.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Major Crimes TV show? Is it ending at the right time? Should TNT have cancelled or renewed this TV series for a seventh season?