February 18, 2015

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Saturday Cable Originals: 2.14.2015 (with Expanded Chart)


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

NOTE:  Due to Nielsen’s sometimes arcane coding of special programming, the chart below will need to be revised, as several of TNT’s NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND shows, which were actually among the top-rated telecasts of the night, were inadvertently excluded.  The top-rated show of the night by a far margin was actually the ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT show at 8PM, which had a 2.81 rating in 18-49s, with 6.08M total viewers.  The ALL-STAR TIP-OFF at 7:30PM was next, with a 0.97 rating in 18-49s and 1.98M total viewers.  The 11:05PM NEIGHBORHOOD SESSIONS, was at 0.87 in 18-49s and 1.78M total viewers.  From that point on, the chart appears to be correct but please let us know if you notice any other omissions.

Sports ruled Saturday cable, with a Top 10 that included 3 ESPN COLLEGE BASKETBALL games (at 0.58/0.57/0.40), with another of the NBA ALL-STAR  pre-games for TNT tied for the night’s lead at 0.58, and FoxSports1’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT at 0.42.  Adult Swim’s FISHCENTER, airing again at 4AM, was the highest-rated scripted show of the night at 0.48.  On Spike, JAIL: LAS VEGAS was down 0.03 to 0.41.  Food Network’s PIONEER WOMAN gained 0.08 to 0.40, and KITCHEN AT FN rose 0.02 to 0.29.  On TLC, UNTOLD STORIES OF THE ER ticked up to 0.28, and SEX SENT ME TO THE ER dropped 0.14 to 0.28, with a midnight episode down 0.03 to 0.16.  MYTHBUSTERS (Discovery) took a major hit, down 0.19 to 0.27.  BLACK SAILS lost 0.03 to 0.19. A 15-minute REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA preview on Bravo was at 0.24.

Top 25 Cable SAT.14 Feb 2015 v2


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.