January 16, 2015

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 1.14.2015


NETWORK UPDATE:  AMERICAN IDOL gained 0.1 to 3.0 in final Wednesday numbers (EMPIRE stayed put with its giant 4.0).  BLACK-ISH, however, fell to an even deeper series low, down 0.1 to 1.9.  It would be no shock if ABC swapped BLACK-ISH with THE GOLDBERGS on Wednesdays to get the new show away from the powerhouse EMPIRE.  Also falling to a new series low was THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, down an additional 0.1 to 1.0.  THE MENTALIST rose 0.1 to 1.4. 

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

As it approaches next week’s season finale, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW (FX) remained on the top of Wednesday cable, down 0.07 to 1.39.  BET’s THE GAME followed at 1.13.  DUCK DYNASTY (A&E) slipped 0.03 to 0.84, and in the 10PM hour, WAHLBURGERS was down 0.7 to 0.54 and DONNIE LOVES JENNY was down 0.06 to 0.44.  On Comedy Central, the season premieres of WORKAHOLICS and BROAD CITY were at 0.68 and 0.56.  On FXX, the 0.51 season premiere of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA preceded the 0.19 premiere of MAN SEEKING WOMAN, not a promising start for the new show.  ABC Family’s season premieres of BABY DADDY and MELISSA & JOEY were at 0.55 and 0.48.  Bravo’s TOP CHEF gained 0.06 to 0.48.  On Lifetime, LITTLE WOMEN LA was up a tick to 0.49 and BIG WOMEN, BIG LOVE (not on the chart) was at 0.22 in the 18-49 demo and 610K total viewers.  MTV aired 2 hours of SNOOKI & JWOWW at 0.40/0.27.  TVLand’s pair of HOT IN CLEVELAND and THE EXES were within a few hundredths of last week at 0.15/0.14.  HINDSIGHT is what VH1 has about green-lighting its first scripted series, as the 2d episode lost almost half the rating of the premiere, down 0.08 to 0.10 and squandering most of its 0.32 (itself down a hefty 0.22) MOB WIVES lead-in. 

Top 25 Cable WED 14 Jan 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.