December 21, 2011

The Sked: Cable Ratings December 13-19

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>ESPN’s Monday Night Football was back with a vengeance this week — a 6.4 Adult 18-49 rating for the Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers, the highest-rated game since November 7 (6.9 rating for Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles).   NFL Network was not so lucky Thursday, drawing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons.  The game fell well below a 2 rating and out of the top 10 for cable programs this week.

On the unscripted front, A&E’s Storage Wars has been growing steadily over the past few weeks and has taken the crown of top unscripted cable program.  Almost as strong — on less-viewed Friday night no less — Discovery’s Gold Rush continues to grow.  

Showtime’s Dexter ended its season Sunday with a ho-hum 1.0 rating.  It should have been a series finale, but Showtime wants to grind out two more seasons of the once-great series that has become marked by wooden acting, predictable stories, clunky writing, and lazy narration.  Showtime can be proud of the Homeland season finale, which rose to a 0.7 (after spending most of the season in the 0.4-0.5 range).    


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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.