eric mccormack perception tnt 325 'The Closer' premiere dips some but 'Perception' opens strong for TNT“The Closer” began its final run of episodes with strong ratings — just not as strong as it has been in the past.

On the upside for TNT, though, its new series “Perception” held onto nearly all of its lead-in audience Monday (July 9), scoring one of the top cable series launches of 2012.

“The Closer” opened to 6.1 million viewers on Monday, down about 15 percent from its launch last summer (7.2 million). Per usual, the show’s audience tilted to the older side: About 1.2 million of the show’s viewers fell in the 18-49 demographic, and 1.7 million were in the 25-54 demo.

“Perception,” starring Eric McCormack as a neuroscience professor who consults with the FBI and Rachael Leigh Cook as his handler, drew 5.6 million viewers, holding onto better than 90 percent of “The Closer’s” audience. It scored 1.1 million viewers in adults 18-49 and 1.5 million in adults 25-54. TNT says “Perception” is the No. 2 series premiere of the year on ad-supported cable, behind its own “Dallas.”

Posted by:Rick Porter