TNT’s ‘Mob City’ earns soft ratings for first night

By Daniel S Levine,

If TNT was hoping that Mob City would be as big as The Walking Dead because of the Frank Darabont connection, the network better adjust its expectations. The miniseries got off to a slow start Wednesday night, drawing far fewer viewers than any of TNT’s other shows.

The show averaged just 2.3 million viewers over its two-hour premiere, according to The Wrap. That’s nothing compared to Dallas’ launch with 6.8 million viewers or Falling Skies, which started with 5.9 million.

In the network’s target demographic, 25-54, the show averaged 875,000 viewers.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, TNT will likely be looking for strong DVR numbers after the initial airing, but most of its shows have been drawing well above what Mob City did as it aired. For example, when Major Crimes’ midseason finale aired on Monday, it still managed 4.2 million viewers.

Mob City is a six-hour miniseries, but the network has opted to air two episodes each Wednesday night. The show comes from Darabont, who oversaw the first season and a half of The Walking Dead and also directed films like The Shawshank Redemption. The 1940s-set series stars Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia and Neal McDonough.

image: TNT


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