August 21, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals: 8.20.2014


NETWORK UPDATE:  As expected, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT went up 0.1 in final numbers and TAXI BROOKLYN reduced correspondingly.  In addition, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US lost 0.1.

Below are ratings in key demographics for last night’s Top 25 cable originals (which actually reach #125 on the overall list of cable airings last night), along with a few lower-rated shows of interest.  If you’d like any additional shows included, please let us know.  Analysis and some context are below the chart.

Top 25 Cable WED Aug 20 2014

The summer finale of SUITS on USA was up a modest 0.04 from last week to 0.80.  Its companion show GRACELAND, though, fell by the same amount to 0.38.  The second episode of LEGENDS (TNT) held fairly well, but a decline of half a tenth (to 0.47) is the wrong direction for a show that got off to a shaky start.  Another bad sign:  in its core audience of Men 50+, the show plunged from last week’s 2.00 to 1.22.  FRANKLIN & BASH had an 0.7 increase to a still-tepid 0.35.  THE BRIDGE was up 0.03 to 0.32.  On ABCFamily, YOUNG AND HUNGRY  climbed 0.06 to 0.39, while MYSTERY GIRLS was up 0.02 to 0.17.  HOT IN CLEVELAND (TVLand) was up by 0.03 to 0.19.  THE DIVIDE (WE) managed, almost incredibly, to go down from its already tiny numbers, falling by a third to 0.04.

On the unscripted side, TEEN MOM (MTV) topped the night while slipping 0.04 from last week to 1.13.  VIRGIN TERRITORY, as usual, lost most of its lead-in at 0.34.  The LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES (ESPN), anchored by an appearance by young sensation Mo’ne Davis (even a losing one) was strong at 1.06, but the very old-skewing nature of the sport is evident in the telecast’s giant 4.45 rating among Men 50+.  Without a DUCK DYNASTY lead-in, WAHLBURGERS (A&E) skidded more than a quarter of a ratings point to 0.59.  AMERICAN PICKERS (History), on the other hand, climbed 0.15 to 0.63, with AMERICAN RESTORATION at 0.51/0.49. 

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.