Though the Rizzoli & Isles TV show remains TNT’s highest rated scripted series, it won’t be returning for an eighth season. The decision has been made to end the crime drama after 105 episodes. The cable channel is clearly ready to say goodbye but, are the viewers?
Rizzoli & Isles revolves around the unlikely but highly effective partnership of police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Doctor Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill, Adam Sinclair, and Idara Victor co-star.
The ratings for Rizzoli & Isles have been falling for quite awhile. Season four averaged a 1.06 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.24 million viewers. The current (seventh) season is averaging a 0.56 demo rating with 4.07 million.
It’s worth noting that nearly all of TNT’s shows are way down season-to-season and Rizzoli & Isles is actually up in viewership when compared to season six.
So, if it’s still TNT’s top show, why is it ending? Likely because of money. The show has been on for a long time and shows typically get more expensive to produce in later years. The stars were supposedly open to making new seasons but Turner Entertainment chief creative officer Kevin Reilly has said that all involved “felt like it was time.”
But, what do you think? Is it time to say goodbye to the Rizzoli & Isles TV show? Would you have watched an eighth season?