May 1, 2012

The Sked: Cable Ratings April 24-30

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>Big time professional sports dominate the top of this week’s cable ratings chart.  The NFL Draft turned in an excellent 3.3 rating with Adults 18-49 and nearly 7 million viewers 2+.  The Draft finished in third place in the 8:00 half hour on Thursday (behind only Big Bang Theory on CBS with a 4.1 rating and American Idol on FOX with a 4.0).  It moved to second place from 8:30-9:00, then tied Grey Anatomy on ABC for first place from 9-10 pm, and finally was the #1 program on any network — broadcast or cable — from 10-11 pm.   Click “read more” to see the updated weekly cable chart.

Next, early round NBA playoff action on TNT Monday averaged a 2.0 rating for the 7:09 pm game between the Knicks and the Miami Heat and a very good 2.4 rating for the 9:47 pm game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The early game is essentially in a fourth-place tie with FOX  (behind CBS, NBC and ABC).  However, the late game is an impressive second place among all networks at 10 pm — just behind first place Hawaii Five-O on CBS (2.5 official national), slightly ahead of ABC’s Castle (down to a 2.3 in the official nationals) and well ahead of NBC’s Smash (1.8 official national rating). 

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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.