'Falling Skies' Wins Big in Cable Ratings; 5.9 Million Tune in for Premiere

'Falling Skies' Wins Big in Cable Ratings; 5.9 Million Tune in for Premiere Steven Spielberg's new epic TV series "Falling Skies" had its two-hour premiere last night, and it quickly became 2011's most-watched cable premiere. The series drew in 5.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen, with 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 3.2 million in the adults 25-54 demo.

"Falling Skies" was also cable's top scripted series debut since TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" in July 2010, which drew 7.6 million viewers, according to Broadcast & Cable. Other notable first show performances in the cable market this year have included USA's "Covert Affairs" (4.9 million) and AMC's "The Walking Dead" (5.3 million).

Also impressive was the way the show managed to draw numbers competing against The Daytime Emmy Awards, the Miss USA pageant and the season finales of much-buzzed about critical darling "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "The Killing."

"The enormous success of Falling Skies demonstrates what can happen when you partner with the best people in the business and give them what they need to do their very best work," said Michael Wright, Executive VP, Head of Programming at TNT.

Read Yidio's episode recap of the season premiere of "Faling Skies" last night, check out a preview of the show, and learn more about why we've been geeked for the new Spielberg-produced show to get underway.