March 24, 2015

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 3.22.2015


NETWORK UPDATE:  60 MINUTES adjusted down 0.2 once the NCAA TOURNAMENT overrun was taken into account.  The rest of the CBS line-up stayed where it was in preliminary results.  In addition, ONCE UPON A TIME gained 0.1, as did the second half-hour of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and the night’s rerun of THE VOICE.  The rerun of THE SIMPSONS lost 0.1. 

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

Another Sunday, another THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) romp, steady at 6.99, and its sidekick TALKING DEAD was similarly stable, down 0.05 to 2.94.  (COMIC BOOK MEN ran a rerun.)  Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA gained 0.14 to 1.50, and MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER (airing at 9PM instead of 10PM) jumped an impressive 0.27 to 0.87, with FASHION QUEENS at 0.45.  There was good news at E!, where although KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS was down a fairly hefty 0.19 to 1.05 (I’ll leave it for others to decide whether that in itself was good news), THE ROYALS gained a tenth, rising to 0.60 with a far better retention of its lead in than last week (57% compared to 40%).  The day’s cable NCAA TOURNAMENT games were led by TNT’s primetime contest at 1.33.  SHAMELESS (Showtime) once again dominated pay-cable, even though it was down 0.07 to 0.70, with HOUSE OF LIES also down 0.07 to 0.24.  On HBO, the season finale of GIRLS lost 0.04 to 0.26, and the season finale of bubble show LOOKING didn’t do itself any favors by slipping 0.02 to 0.12 (although the decision whether or not to renew it isn’t likely to be based entirely on ratings), with LAST WEEK TONIGHT up 0.02 to 0.35.  On History, AX MEN was up 0.05 to 0.56.  INTERVENTION (A&E) was at 0.48, preceded by a tie-in special at 0.40, and followed by NEIGHBORS WITH BENEFITS at 0.34.  On Spike, BAR RESCUE was up 0.08 to 0.66, and COACHING BAD gained 0.05 to 0.23. 

Top 25 Cable Plus SUN.22 Mar 2015

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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.