October 14, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 10.12.2014


NETWORK UPDATE:  ONCE UPON A TIME and RESURRECTION both received extra 0.1s in final Sunday numbers, as did MADAM SECRETARY and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL adjusted to 6.6, 0.8 below last week’s game.

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

There wasn’t much suspense as to what would lead cable on Sunday night, and THE WALKING DEAD did it in record-breaking fashion, with an 8.65 rating and 17.3M total viewers.  (Someone asked specifically about the show’s rating with Women 18-34, and that was consistent with the overall rating at 8.4.)  TALKING DEAD followed, huge in its own right at 3.50, and COMIC BOOK MEN, airing at midnight, was at 0.62.  It was a bad night to premiere a new drama, and Showtime’s THE AFFAIR, despite mostly excellent reviews, had a slow start at 0.14, although a bit of that may be attributable to the episode being available online for 1-2 weeks before the official premiere.  HOMELAND, airing directly against WALKING DEAD, lost 0.12 from last week’s season premiere to 0.44, and HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE dropped 0.14 to 0.66.  REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY (Bravo), however, was up 0.02 to 0.98, while MANZOD WITH CHILDREN dropped 0.14 to 0.55.  The Adult Swim pair of MR. PICKLES and SQUIDBILLIES were up a respective 0.10 and 0.14 to 0.78/0.68.  ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER (Discovery) lost two-tenths to 0.61.  WGNAmerica’s MANHATTAN, despite its miniscule numbers (up 0.02 to 0.07), was just renewed for a second season, intended as it was as a prestige play by the fledgling network rather than a ratings smash.

Top 25 Cable SUN Oct 12 2014

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.