‘The Librarians’ Premiere Wins With Ratings; Cable’s #1 New Series Launch of the Year

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
‘The Librarians’ Premiere Wins With Ratings; Cable’s #1 New Series Launch of the Year

TNT was right to do a spinoff of “The Librarians” TV movies into its own TV show. The 10-episode series, which had its two-hour debut last Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, raked high numbers in the ratings to become the number one new series launch on cable for the year. Read on for more about this news.

According to TVLine, “The Librarians” had a solid debut in the 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. timeslot last Sunday when it earned a total of 5.4 million viewers. The encore presentation added more viewers, rounding its launch to a viewership of 7.3 million.


The show was especially appealing among adults in the 25-54 demo, where it earned 2.9 million viewers, while it earned 2.3 million viewers among adults in the 18-49 demo.

With this, “The Librarians” has surpassed the premiere ratings of “The Last Ship,” which previously held the record for the most successful cable series launch for the year.  The show debuted in June 2014 to 5.3 million viewers, according to TV Guide.  Incidentally, “The Last Ship” is also under the TNT banner and will return next summer for a second season.

“The Librarians” and “The Last Ship” now join other high rating TNT shows like “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Major Crimes,” and “Falling Skies” as part of the Top 10 scripted series on basic cable for 2014. In a press release on Zap2it, it's stated that six of the Top 10 shows on basic cable this year belong to TNT.

"The Librarians" stars Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men”), Christian Kane (“Leverage”), Lindy Booth (“Dawn of the Dead”) and John Kim (“Neighbors”) and Emmy awardee John Larroquette (“Night Court”) as protectors of the world’s best-kept and most valuable mystical treasures. The show originally started as a TV movie starring Noah Wyle (“Falling Skies”), who was also featured in the premiere episodes of the series. The TV series is set for 10 episodes for the first season. The franchise is produced by Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, John Rogers and Noah Wyle under Electric Entertainment.

Catch “The Librarians” every Sundays on TNT at 8:00 p.m. Keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for the updates, spoilers and recaps.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Kane/JazzyRoses