“Legends” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” premiered on TNT on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Starring Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), whose roles in films and television almost always end up with his death, will not have to worry about his character dying anytime soon as the action-packed drama series debuted to decent numbers. Read further to learn more about this news story.
“Legends,” which is from the Howard Gordon, the creator of “Homeland” and “24,” earned a respectable 2.6 million viewers on its premiere telecast at 9:00 p.m on TNT. It subsequently earned another million viewers in its encore presentation at 11:00 p.m., totaling 3.6 million viewers on its inaugural night, as published on The Hollywood Reporter.
But its numbers doesn’t compare to the premiere numbers of two other TNT programs like “The Last Ship,” which earned 5.3 million viewers and “Murder in the First,” which earned 3.8 million viewers. The figures for “Legends,” however, are still quite solid considering the show was broadcast without a lead-in on a Wednesday night.
The series, which has a 10-episode first season order, was released on multi-platforms a week before its television premiere too, and it was also featured during the Comic-Con gathering last July. Thus, this may also account for the ratings result of the actual TV premiere. It should, however, contribute to the spike in viewership in succeeding weeks.
“Legends” also fared well in the coveted 18-49 demographic, with viewers between 25-54 (adults) covering at least 1.1 million.
Based on a book written by Robert Littell, “Legends” centers on Martin Odum (Bean), an undercover agent working for the Deep Cover Operations unit of the FBI. His uncanny ability of absorbing different characters and personality for work has made him a special asset to the bureau. But when a mysterious man alerts him about his real identity, he begins to wonder just who he really is.
TNT has been leading basic cable ratings for their summer programming this year, beating competitors like USA Network in viewership. “The Last Ship,” which launched last June, is reportedly the highest rating summer series for 2014, thus earning a second season order. Its dependable duo, “Major Crimes” and “Rizzoli & Isles,” now on its third and fifth season respectively, are still performing well.
And that’s it for news about the series premiere ratings of “Legends,” which managed to pull good numbers. Don’t forget to check out our recap of the pilot episode and follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for updates about this series regularly.
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