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TNT's 'The Closer' Finishes with High Ratings; Spinoff 'Major Crimes' Off to Good Start

Long-running police procedural drama The Closer bowed off our screens Monday night with "The Last Word," its series finale. The episode focused on Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) chasing her final suspect -- a serial killer -- and having some personal revelations in the process. So how did The Closer close? Did the series end on a high note?

In a word, yes. In a number, how about 9.1 million viewers? That's how many "The Last Word" nabbed, the highest ratings for the show since the 9.2 million garnered by the show's season 3 finale. It's far higher than any other season 7 episode, meaning that almost all the show's old viewers tuned back in to watch Brenda solve her final case, making the episode the second-highest viewed in the entire series. Not bad for a seventh-year show, no?

But that wasn't the only Closer-related news of the night. New TNT series Major Crimes -- a spin-off of The Closer that follows Brenda's successor -- also premiered strongly, garnering 7.2 million viewers. This makes it the highest rated series to premiere on cable this year, beating out TNT's other freshmen shows Dallas (which garnered 6.9 million viewers) and Perception (5.6 million viewers). If Major Crimes manages to keep those ratings up, we could be seeing much more of the world of The Closer, even if Brenda has left our screens for good.

What did you think of "The Last Word?" Was it an appropriate ending to the series? Are you sad to see it go? Do you plan on watching Major Crimes?

The next episode of Major Crimes, "Before and After," airs Monday, August 20 on TNT.

- The Closer
- Major Crimes
- Kyra Sedgwick

Written by: mcpherson
Aug 14th, 2012, 3:28 pm

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