PERCEPTION JOINS DALLAS AMONG CABLE’S TOP SERIES LAUNCHES OF 2012
TNT drama Perception, with Eric McCormack as an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases, debuted on Monday with 5.6 million viewers at 10 p.m. ET, according to the Live Plus Same Day results from Nielsen. Comparably, Perception now ranks second behind the network’s Dallas as the most-watched cable series launch this year to-date. Retention out of lead-in The Closer (6.1 million at 9 p.m.), which returned for the first of its final six episodes, was a solid 92 percent.
In key demos, additional retention for Perception out of The Closer was 92 percent in adults 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.2 million) and 88 percent in adults 25-54 (1.5 vs. 1.7 million).