October 7, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 10.5.2014


NETWORK UPDATE:  Here’s a shocker–all of ABC’s shows climbed in final network numbers, ONCE UPON A TIME and RESURRECTION by 0.2, and REVENGE by 0.1.  MADAM SECRETARY lost a tenth.  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL adjusted to 7.4, down 1.3 from 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):

The 2-hour Season 4 premiere of HOMELAND (Showtime) was down 0.23 from last fall’s (1-hour) premiere to 0.56.  (It was down even further from last December’s 0.94 season finale, and also down 0.18 from last week’s RAY DONOVAN season finale.)  Notably, that put it well below BOARDWALK EMPIRE on HBO, which despite the competition was down just 0.02 from last week to 0.80.  LAST WEEK TONIGHT, however, which followed a TRUE DETECTIVE rerun (0.13/387K), was down 0.08 to 0.27.  The season finale of FX’s THE STRAIN was up 0.03 to 0.97, and the 2-hour season finale of WITCHES OF EAST END (Lifetime) was at 0.51/0.44, both hours considerably up from last week’s 0.37 .  Cable in general was led by TBS’s primetime coverage of the BASEBALL PLAYOFFS at 1.16, with the afternoon game at 0.72.  Bravo had a good night, with REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ up 0.11 to 0.96, and then 2 episodes of MANZOD WITH CIHLDREN at 0.78/0.69.  Discovery’s ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER was at 0.81.  On Adult Swim, both MR. PICKLES (0.68) and SQUIDBILLIES (0.54) were down more than a tenth from last week.  MANHATTAN (WGNAmerica), as usual, brought up the rear, down 0.01 to 0.05. 

Top 25 Cable SUN Oct 5 2014

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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.