January 13, 2015

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 1.11.2015

NETWORK UPDATE:  The GOLDEN GLOBES only adjusted up to 5.8 in final numbers, down a significant 0.7 from last year.  The football-swollen 60 MINUTES rose 0.3 to 3.9, and THE GOOD WIFE gained a tick to 1.4. 

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

Both HBO and Showtime premiered their midwinter Sunday line-ups, and SHAMELESS was by far the most successful show on either network.  Its 0.80 rating was down 0.06 from the 2014 premiere.  HOUSE OF LIES followed at 0.33 (down 0.07), and EPISODES was at 0.17 (we don’t have records for its 2014 premiere, but it was at 0.2 in 2013).  On HBO, GIRLS led the way at 0.39, down from 0.6/0.5 for the 2-episode 2014 premiere.  LOOKING was at 0.09, even lower than its 0.15 2014 premiere.  The new TOGETHERNESS launched with 0.23.  On the higher reaches of the night’s ratings, REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA (Bravo) gained 0.15 from last week to 1.71, with lead-out THICKER THAN WATER at 0.81 and FASHION QUEENS up 0.19 to 0.43.  A double feature of THE LIBRARIANS (TNT) was at 0.85/0.77, down from 0.95 last week.  THE MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES (Adult Swim) returned strongly at 0.70.  On Discovery, ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER dropped 0.11 to 0.68.  Despite not having its usual KOURTNEY & KHLOE lead-in, TOTAL DIVAS (E!) was down just 0.04 to 0.67.  AX MEN (History) gained 0.02 to 0.59.  On TLC, SISTER WIVES lost 0.15 to 0.50, and controversial lead-out MY HUSBAND’S NOT GAY was at 0.38. 

Top 25 Cable SUN 11 Jan 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.