January 21, 2015

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 1.18.2015


NETWORK UPDATE:  The AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME adjusted to 13.9, which is a huge number, but far below the 19.0 for last year’s primetime NFC game.  The post-game SCORPION was up 0.2 from early numbers to 3.2.  RESURRECTION rose 0.1 to 0.8.  Even though it fell 0.3 in adjusted numbers, the viewers of the afternoon NFC game on FOX hung around sufficiently for MULANEY to retain a 1.2 rating, tremendous by its standards.  The 8PM rerun of THE SIMPSONS and NBC’s run of BRIDESMAIDS both gained 0.1.

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

The battle for Sunday’s cable lead was neck and neck between two contrasting demos:  Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA, while down a huge 0.35 from last week, was on top with 1.36 (including 1.61 among Females 12-34), while Fox Sports 1’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT was at 1.35 (including 1.29 from Men 50+).  On Bravo, HOUSEWIVES was followed by THICKER THAN WATER, down two-tenths to 0.61.  TNT’s THE LIBRARIANS ended its season on a slightly lower note, at 0.77/0.71 for its 2 hours compared to 0.85/0.77 last week.  Showtime continued to win the battle of pay-tv, with SHAMELESS up 0.03 to 0.83, HOUSE OF LIES down 0.06 to 0.27, and EPISODES up a tick to 0.18.  On HBO, GIRLS was down 0.01 to 0.38, the 2d episode of TOGETHERNESS was down 0.05 to 0.18, and LOOKING remained at 0.09.  Adult Swim’s MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES grew by 0.11 to 0.81.  TOTAL DIVAS (E!) lost 0.07 to 0.60, followed by CHRISTINA MILIAN TURNED UP at 0.36.  History’s AX MEN stayed at 0.59, with ALASKA:  OFF-ROAD down 0.01 to 0.47.  Discovery’s ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER fell 0.11 to 0.57.  MTV’s NICKI MINAJ SPECIAL was at 0.39/0.34.  SISTER WIVES (TLC) was steady at 0.50.

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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.