December 12, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Thursday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 12.11.2014


NETWORK UPDATE:  CBS wasn’t hurt as much by the football adjustments as it might have been:  THE BIG BANG THEORY lost 0.1 to 3.9, MOM dropped 0.2 to 2.6 (still up 0.6 from last week), 2 1/2 MEN lost 0.2 to 2.3 (still up 0.4), THE MCCARTHYS also fell 0.2 to 1.8 (still up 0.2), and ELEMENTARY followed suit, down 0.2 to 1.4, but still up 0.2 from last week.   Although the CBS lineup was basically blown out in St. Louis (no CBS Thursday programs were scheduled to air in late night on CBS station KMOV after the game), the entire CBS Thursday line-up aired at the normal time (7-10 pm MT) in Phoenix on independent station KTVK, while the CBS station KPHO aired the NFL game.    

Elsewhere, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES gained 0.1, and the rerun Blake Shelton special on NBC lost the same. 

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

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on NFL Network topped the night on cable, even though it was down 0.77 from last week’s game to 2.45.  TNT’s NBA BASKETBALL doubleheader was at 0.91/0.59, compared to last week’s 0.80/0.62.  On Adult Swim, NEWSREADERS was up 0.15 to 0.68, and THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW rose by 0.12 to 0.56.  On History, PAWN STARS was at 0.68/0.65 (down about a tenth from last week), and PAWNOGRAPHY was at 0.44/0.39, within a few hundredths of last week.  On USA, WHITE COLLAR gained 0.08 to 0.44, but COVERT AFFAIRS lost 0.02 to 0.27.  PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (Lifetime) fell 0.08 to 0.46, and PROJECT RUNWAY THREADS fell 0.04 to 0.24.  On MTV, SLEDNECKS was at 0.25/0.24.  ESPN’s COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS was at 0.29.

Top 25 Cable THU 11 Dec 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.