April 21, 2015

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Saturday Cable Originals: 4.18.2015

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

It didn’t hit the preliminary list, but ORPHAN BLACK premiered on Saturday everywhere AMC Networks has a footprint.  Last year, airing only on BBC America (which at that time wasn’t part of AMC), it had a 0.31 rating in 18-49s and 620K total viewers.  This year, it scored 0.19/535K on BBCA, but also 0.13/411K on AMC, 0.03/116K on IFC, 0.03/128K on We, and 0.02/81K on Sundance.  So the cume was 0.40/1.37M, modestly up with 18-49s (considering it was on 5 networks), but doubling its total viewers.  We’ll see next week how many of the non-BBCA viewers seek the show out on its home network.  Meanwhile, premiering only on BBCA, TAUTU started at 0.08/246K.

Elsewhere, cable was dominated by ESPN’s NBA PLAYOFFS games, rating 1.40/1.14/0.81.  Adult Swim had the next 2 spots, with 0.57 for KILL LA KILL and 0.53 for SWORD ART ONLINE, as well as 0.38 for INUYASHA.  HBO reports its BOXING AFTER DARK ratings in fragments, which ranged from 0.48 to 0.32.  HGTV’s LOG CABIN LIVING was at 0.41/0.38, up about a tenth from last week.  OUTLANDER (Starz) gained 0.06 to 0.31.  Food Network’s PIONEER WOMAN was at 0.27, and KITCHEN AT FN at 0.25.  THE GOOD WITCH (Hallmark) season finale dipped 0.02 to 0.15, with 2.25M total viewers.

For the fans of Fox News’s Saturday business shows, BULLS & BEARS was down 0.03 to 0.13 with 1.17M total viewers, and FORBES ON FOX was up 0.02 to 0.11, with 1M viewers.

Other programs of note will be added later.

Top 25 Cable SAT.18 Apr 2015


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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.