‘Falling Skies’ Season One Finale Snags Good Ratings

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Falling Skies has been a surprise hit on TNT, a fact that’s become even more apparent as the numbers for the feature-length finale have come in. The two-hour episode netted 5.6 million viewers, according to a press release from the network.

That makes the finale the most-watched episode since the premiere on June 19th, which scored slightly better at 5.9 million viewers (and a full 8 million in the Live +7 ratings). Falling Skies has averaged 4.8 million viewers across the 10-episode freshman season, numbers to make any cable show (and many broadcast shows) jealous. About 50% of viewers are watching on DVR devices, so the finale’s ratings should increase significantly when the +7 ratings come in two weeks.

The genre show is also performing surprisingly well in the all-important 18-49 demographic: 2.5 million viewers of Sunday night’s finale fell in the range. With that, Falling Skies is the best-performing new basic cable show this year. TNT renewed the show after its fourth episode, and Season 2 is currently scheduled for another 10-episode run next summer.

The show’s success is even more surprising given its unashamedly sci-fi premise. Science fiction shows have been falling left and right for the last year: No Ordinary Family, V, The Event, Caprica, Stargate Universe it’s refreshing to see a genre show get a good jump out of the gate.

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Audience reactions to Falling Skies have been mostly positive, with critical reactions to match. If for no other reason, a good chunk of the viewership will probably return next year just to find out what happened after the impressive finale cliffhanger.

Falling Skies is also making a splash on international television. According to TNT, the show is the best-performing launch ever for parent company Turner in Spain, Germany and Austria, with strong performances in the UK,  Australia and Germany. The series launched almost simultaneously in over a hundred markets.

Falling Skies is scheduled to return to TNT in the summer of 2012.

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  1. Wow, and yet it’s supposed to be a terrible show filled with “convolution.” Weird.

  2. It’s an inferior show to Caprica and Stargate Universe in my view, but still, the best science fiction has to offer on TV right now. Hopefully the mis-steps of season one will be corrected in season two.

    • yah good show and i would say SGU was great, to bad they took it away from us.

  3. I really liked the show but in Season Two can we spend less time packing bags. I swear at least ten minutes of each episode, somebody was packing a backpack, a box, some travel bags. It’s like I get it already, you don’t have much of a budget, but can we do something else but pack bags.
    Also, I feel making contact at the end of the first season was a mistake. Now, it feels like it might come too close to V. I wish we spent another season with 2nd mass and the survival mechanism of the show. I think that’s where survival shoes like Falling Skies and Jericho go wrong. They move away from the central premise and jump the shark too early.

  4. Good. A bit too much soapy, too many people in a desperate situation with well done hair. Too much sentimentals and hero stuff. Damn we got to wait for nearly a year for S2.

    To your list of failed SciFi series you can add: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

  5. Yeah a lot of people in the Uk are loving the show. Although that comment in the pilot episode about the British got a lot of slack.Someone needed to do better research on that battle because it was the English not the British. The British didn’t exist until decades later.


  7. My husband and I love this show. He is a huge Stargate fan (all of the series, SG1, Atlantis, and Universe) and he likes it just fine. I had some issues with the ending of Season 1, but I’m excited to see what Season 2 has to offer.

  8. I just watch to see the Moon!!! Skeeet,Skeeeet,Skeeet!!!

  9. they need to fix the stupid little things.. in the first instance when Pope shot the mech head, there was a massive tennis ball size bullet hole in the mechs face, but when the real mech gets shot with bigger calibers it barely does anything.. and why would they not show us the 50cal being unloaded on a mech or skidder.. I’ve been waiting for that all season, disappointing guys.. Less packing and more explosions and blood shed!

  10. Keep up the great story line. More surpise characters(well know actors)more
    in depth about harness evolution. Would like to hear from other states status. Will watch Falling Skies as long as you produce it. Good TV.

  11. i was disapointed in it. i watched 4 weeks but was disapointed. didn’t event have an invasion like the commercial showed.just walking down a street. I lovde sifi but this was kinda boring.

  12. Is that summer in America or Australia? I don’t want to miss it

  13. Meeting the alien at the end might not of really happened. Don’t forget 2rd mass leader was taking drugs and hallucinating

  14. Too many kids in it for my liking, although I would watch the Test Card if it featured moon goodblood

  15. first of all what happened to the sexy cook?and the skitto?
    then there is not enough shippo i want to see the kisso between the jacko and the biologista
    and please more kids,more ship,more dogs,more obama and less aliens and all the violent stuff that my 2 and a half kids can’t watch it if there is so much alien and guns.
    they need a strong woman character like the beautiful majestic river song married skittttooooooooooooooooooooooo

  16. I am from the UK and all I have to say is wow wow and wow give me more loved it.

  17. Did we miss the first episode of “Fallen Skies”, showing when the ailiens arrived, or did the first episode start with the aliens already being on earth for awhile?