TV Ratings: 'Dallas' Hits Season Highs With Larry Hagman Farewell

After seeing a boost with J.R. Ewing's death the previous week, the TNT drama makes more gains in its troubled Monday slot.

"Who Shot J.R.?" isn't the ratings paydirt that it used to be, but it still works for Dallas.

The TNT drama hit a season high on Monday night after offing the iconic TV character last week, a plot twist thrust upon the reboot when actor Larry Hagman died in November at 81. The one-hour episode averaged 3.6 million viewers, besting any performance this season and the current average of 2.6 million viewers.

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It's a far cry from the returns of the stronger summer season, when Dallas opened to a whopping 6.9 million and closed to 4.3 million, but it did mark a 28 percent jump from the previous week's episode.

Among coveted adults 18-49, Dallas rose two tenths of a point for a 0.9 rating in the demo, about 1.1 million viewers. Even more of TNT's older-skewing audience took the bait, with a 26 percent upswing in adults 25-54 to 1.38 million.