March 31, 2015

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 3.29.2015


NETWORK UPDATE:  After adjustment for the NCAA TOURNAMENT runover, 60 MINUTES fell by 0.5 to 2.3, MADAM SECRETARY by 0.3 to 1.4, and THE GOOD WIFE by 0.1 to 1.0.  The other networks were unchanged from preliminary numbers.

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

There wasn’t exactly a ton of suspense about what was going to be #1 on Sunday cable, and AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD had its highest-rated finale yet, a 90-minute episode at 8.16.  That was up 1.17 from last week, although still not quite at the 8.65 level of last fall’s Season 5 premiere.  TALKING DEAD was similarly elevated, up 0.92 from last week to 3.86.  It was a long way down after that to Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA, down 0.26 to 1.24.  Its lead-out BLOOD, SWEAT & HEELS was at 0.58, and then MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER was hurt by a move into the 10PM slot, down 0.46 to 0.41, and FASHION QUEENS followed, down 0.18 to 0.27 in the 11:30PM slot after WATCH WHAT HAPPENS was at 0.35 as its lead-in.  At E!, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS was down just 0.06 to 0.99, but THE ROYALS took a royal hit, down an ugly 0.27 to 0.33.  HBO did well with its Scientology documentary GOING CLEAR, which scored 0.65, just ahead of Showtime’s SHAMELESS, which was down 0.09 to 0.61, and which was followed by the back-to-back season finale episodes of HOUSE OF LIES at 0.20/0.20, down 0.04 from last week.  History’s AX MEN lost a tick to 0.55.  National Geographic’s KILLING JESUS skewed extremely old, with 3.67M total viewers, and a huge 2.63 rating in Men 50+ (third place for the night behind WALKING DEAD and Fox Sports 1’s SPRINT CUP coverage), but a comparatively low 0.55 in 18-49s.  On Spike, BAR RESCUE fell 0.23 to 0.43, and COACHING BAD lost 0.09 to 0.14. 

Top 25 Cable SUN.29 Mar 2015

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.