March 16, 2015

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Friday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 3.13.2015

NETWORK UPDATE:  The CBS preemptions for college basketball tournament games caught up with it, and THE AMAZING RACE fell 0.2 from early numbers, with HAWAII 5-0 and BLUE BLOODS each down 0.1.  Elsewhere, CRISTELA lost 0.1 to an uglier 0.9 rating, and CW’s rerun of TV’S HOTTEST COMMERCIALS was barely visible after losing 0.1 to an 0.1 rating.

Ratings in key demos for the Top 25 original cable telecasts (plus a few other lower-rated but noteworthy programs):

Discovery continued to be strong on Friday cable, although nothing like the previous week’s GOLD RUSH season finale.  This week, a GOLD RUSH-themed special was at 0.99 (last week’s finale was 0.66 higher), and BERING SEA GOLD debuted at 0.64.  College basketball tournaments dotted the night, with the ACC games at 0.93/0.76, the PAC 12 at 0.57, the BIG TEN at 0.34/0.27, and the BIG 12 at 0.21/0.19 (all but the last were on ESPN, with ESPN2 offering the Big 12).  On Adult Swim, JACK & TRIUMPH rose 0.05 to 0.66.  On Lifetime, BRING IT was also up 0.05 to 0.65, and PREACHERS DAUGHTERS lost 0.04 to 0.34.  TBS’s KING OF THE NERDS gained 0.05 to 0.37.  The BANSHEE season finale on Cinemax grew by 0.09 to 0.29.  On Syfy, the newly-renewed 12 MONKEYS fell 0.04 to 0.26, and HELIX gained 0.04 to 0.19.  HBO’s VICE was up 0.04 to 0.19.  SEX BOX (We) was up a tick to 0.15.  COMEDY BANG BANG (IFC) also gained a tick, to 0.03.  Here are the IMPACT WRESTLING (DAM) details:  at 9PM, it lost 0.03 to 0.08, and about 83K total viewers to 338K, while in households, it was down 0.03/31K to 0.23/273K.  At 11PM, the re-airing added 0.02 and 76,000 total viewers, and its household numbers were 0.06/68K. 

Top 25 Cable FRI.13 Mar 2015

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.