October 9, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 10.8.2014


NETWORK UPDATE:  At this point, it’s far from a surprise that all of ABC’s sitcoms gained in afternoon adjusted ratings:  THE MIDDLE, THE GOLDBERGS and BLACK-ISH by 0.1, and MODERN FAMILY by 0.2.  (No goodies for NASHVILLE, though.) 

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

Viewers haven’t lost their taste for horror.  The season premiere of FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW topped everything on network TV and almost tripled the next highest cable show with a 3.11 rating, up a tenth from last year’s premiere.  The most impressive performance of the night, though, may have been for a show that was only 4 minutes long.  Coming off a 0.38/944K lead-in, and falling 4 minutes later to 0.44/1.04M, a tiny preview of the new season of THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) zoomed to 1.17/2.41M, making it the 2d biggest show on cable last night.  It narrowly beat SOUTH PARK (Comedy Central) and its 1.15, down 0.15 from last week.  After SOUTH PARK, KEY & PEELE took a 0.28 hit to 0.65, beaten by the 0.70 for its leadout THE DAILY SHOW.  A TEEN MOM REUNION special was at 0.82, 0.35 below last week’s season finale.  The season premiere of GHOST HUNTERS (Syfy) was at 0.50.  WAHLBURGERS (A&E) gained 0.07 to 0.43, and FOR BETTER OR WORSE (OWN) was up 0.05 to 0.42.  Bravo’s MILLION DOLLAR LISTING was at 0.40.  The first nationally televised NHL game of the season, on NBC Sports Network, was at 0.40.  The first hour of the 2-hour season (?) finale of LEGENDS gave TNT a 0.29, up a tenth from last week, but the second hour fell to 0.16.  THE LEAGUE (FXX) lost 0.09 to 0.27. 

Top 25 Cable WED Oct 8 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.