February 19, 2015

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 2.18.2015


NETWORK UPDATE:  Could EMPIRE go any higher?  Why yes it could, up another 0.1 in final ratings to an even more phenomenal 5.2, and it took AMERICAN IDOL along for the 0.1 ride.  Also gaining 0.1 in the adjusted numbers:  MODERN FAMILY and ARROW.  However, STALKER and THE 100 were on the wrong end of the 0.1 changes.

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

ESPN’s COLLEGE BASKETBALL coverage had 2 of the night’s top 3 cable slots on Wednesday, at an impressive 1.66 for the primetime game, and 0.63 for the earlier contest.  AMERICAN PICKERS came between the two (just barely), up 0.08 to 0.64, with MISSISSIPPI MEN up 0.02 to 0.37.  On Comedy Central, WORKAHOLICS jumped 0.15 to 0.63, and BROAD CITY was up 0.03 to 0.50.  Discovery’s DUAL SURVIVOR eased off 0.02 to 0.62.  On Lifetime, LITTLE WOMEN LA dropped 0.09 to 0.58, and BIG WOMEN BIG LOVE rose 0.06 to 0.39.  VH1’s MOB WIVES lost 0.08 to 0.52, and HINDSIGHT fell 0.04 to 0.10.  DUCK DYNASTY (A&E) aired a rerun, and with that much weaker lead-in, WAHLBURGERS plunged 0.27 to 0.48, while DONNIE LOVES JENNY was down a milder 0.11 to 0.45.  On BET, the third night of BOOK OF NEGROES lost 0.14 to 0.47.  SUITS (USA) ticked up to 0.47.  The 4AM FISHCENTER on Adult Swim was at 0.44.  On ABCFamily, MELISSA & JOEY and BABY DADDY were both at 0.37, which was up 0.04 and 0.02 respectively.  FXX’s IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA dropped 0.04 to 0.33, and MAN SEEKING WOMAN managed an extra 0.01 to 0.08.  THE AMERICANS (FX) is going in the wrong direction, down another 0.05 to 0.24.  BEST NEW RESTAURANT grew by 0.03 to 0.20.  LOVE THY NEIGHBOR (OWN) fell 0.02 to 0.27.  SCHITT’S CREEK (Pop) lost 0.01, leaving it at 0.03. 

Top 25 Cable WED.18 Feb 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.