November 25, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 11.23.2014


NETWORK UPDATE:  The AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS only adjusted up to 3.8 in final numbers, a hefty 0.7 below last year’s result.  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL adjusted to 8.1, the strongest game in several weeks.  Elsewhere, with the night’s football overrun removed, 60 MINUTES slid 0.7 and MADAM SECRETARY fell 0.2, wihle THE SIMPSONS and AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS each lost 0.1.

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

No mystery about what led Sunday cable, although THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) was down 0.29 for the week to 6.97.  It was followed by TALKING DEAD, which plunged a much deeper 0.72 to 2.06 (still enough to top everything on CBS and FOX except the football-inflated 60 MINUTES).  COMIC BOOK MEN, though, was up 0.04 to 0.53.  Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA lost 0.16 to 1.45, and was again followed by a 9PM edition of WATCH WHAT HAPPENS, down 0.21 to 0.82.  A Disney Channel run of SOFIA THE FIRST was strong at 0.90.  KOURTNEY & KHLOE (E!) lost 0.11 to 0.79.  ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER (Discovery) shed 0.07 to 0.62.  A Hallmark Channel movie was at 0.60.  On Adult Swim, MR. PICKLES was down 0.03 to 0.58, and SQUIDBILLIES fell 0.06 to 0.51.  In the paycable world, HBO’s THE NEWSROOM edged down 0.02 to 0.51, while its microscopic lead-outs THE COMEBACK (up 0.03 to 0.09) and GETTING ON (up 0.03 to 0.10) stayed small.  On Showtime, HOMELAND climbed 0.07 to 0.59, and THE AFFAIR gained 0.05 to 0.23.  (Both pay services are available in only 1/3 of US households, so their numbers are better than they look.)

Top 25 Cable SUN Nov 23 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.