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‘Falling Skies’ Stumbles In Season 2 Premiere

Show had stiff cable competition, including the NBA finals

It seems more people are excited to see if LeBron James will win an NBA championship with the Miami Heat than they are about the Skitters taking over the world.

The second season premiere of “Falling Skies” was tripped up a little Sunday night, falling nearly 24 percent from its series premiere a year ago, according to It attracted 4.5 million viewers, still very strong for a basic cable series, and had 1.9 million viewers in adults 18 to 49, a key advertising demographic. That demo rating was down from 2.4 million the year before.

Yet, fans shouldn’t get too worried. Deadline predicts that the ratings were strong enough to likely prompt TNT to grant “Falling Skies” a third season, however, a lot of that will have to do how next week’s episode fares, especially without the competition from playoff basketball.

Also suffering against basketball Sunday night was “The Killing” on AMC, “Suits” on USA, “The Borgias” on Showtime and “Girls” on HBO.

“Falling Skies” is a fairly expensive series from executive producer Steven Spielberg that involves life after an alien invasion on Earth, and a band of people — known as the Second Mass — who are fighting a guerrilla war against them to reclaim the planet.

The series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton and Colin Cunningham, and picked up a new showrunner this year — “Caprica” co-creator Remi Aubuchon.

“Falling Skies” does have one thing to worry about, however. The only way it will have to compete with basketball is if the Heat and Oklahoma City make it to Game 6, which is highly possible. If so, ratings could be even higher than they were this past, and that could push down Season 2 ratings even more.

If that happens, hopefully TNT will consider doing a recap of episodes, or rerun some episodes to help some viewers keep up. “Falling Skies” is heavily serialized, and missing episodes will make it even harder to come back for some viewers who chose to watch basketball instead. That could have long-term negative effects on “Falling Skies'” ratings.

“Falling Skies” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.

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