Tuesday night's season premiere of The Closer on TNT drew 8.8 million viewers, breaking a record that the series set last year as basic cable's most-viewed series telecast when it attracted 8.3 million for the season opener. Turner Entertainment Network President Steve Koonin told Broadcasting & Cable, "This sends a signal to every artist and agent in the industry that TNT and cable is (sic) capable of getting these kinds of numbers."