TNT has ordered a fourth season of Rizzoli & Isles from Warner Horizon Television. The series has drawn 7.1 million viewers in its new Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, with the fourth season slated for 2013.
Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in Rizzoli & Isles, which was developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro from characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen.
In the series, Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a tough Boston police detective; Alexander is Maura Isles, more refined medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women are best friends who solve murders together in the city of Boston.
Also on the show areLee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost, Jane’s squeamish, computer-savvy partner; Bruce McGill as Sgt. Detective Vince Korsak, Jane’s steady old-school Homicide Squad teammate; Jordan Bridges as Jane’s brother, Frankie Jr., who aspires to be a detective; Brian Goodman as Lt. Detective Sean Cavanaugh, the head of the Boston Police Detective department; and Lorraine Bracco as Angela, Jane’s Italian-American domineering mother.
“Anchoring a new night in its third season, Rizzoli & Isles has proven itself to be a strong and enduring hit, not only in terms of the great storylines and performances, but also in terms of the show’s stellar ratings,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re thrilled that Rizzoli & Isles will continue to be a vital part of the TNT lineup.”
Rizzoli & Isles debuted in 2010 and, according to TNT, went on to average a 8.8 million viewers in its first season and more than 8.4 million in its second.
Moving to a new night this summer, the show has lost viewers, averaging 7.1 million per episode. The show ranks as summer’s top returning scripted series on basic cable in total viewers. Among key demos, Rizzoli & Isles has averaged 2 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3, with 2.5 million adults 25-54.
Rizzoli & Isles has earned two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and one to Harmon for her performance as Jane Rizzoli.