December 29, 2011

The Sked: Cable Ratings December 20-26

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>ESPN’s Monday Night Football concluded its season with a solid 5.6 rating with Adults 18-49, the top rated program on cable this week by far.  On Christmas Day Sunday, the delayed NBA season tipped off at noon ET with a very good 2.5 rating on TNT for the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks.  ESPN’s later games (Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:58 pm ET and Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors at 10:30 pm ET) scored a 1.0 and 1.4, respectively.

As usual, other people’s junk played well on History (Pawn Stars) and A&E (Storage Wars), both hitting a 1.9 rating this week.  Also, hitting that very solid rating level was the 10 am telecast of the classic movie A Christmas Story during TBS’s all-day marathon.  That airing was perfectly timed for family viewing after the presents had all been opened.

Click “read more” to this week’s cable chart, as well as updated Monday ratings for the broadcast networks. 

BROADCAST NETWORK NOTE.  Monday’s official ratings showed that NBC’s and ABC’s ratings were inflated somewhat in the fast nationals.  NBC’s WDSU in New Orleans and ABC’s WSB in Atlanta carried the ESPN Monday Night Football game locally, temporarily putting those high local ratings into the primetime averages in the early fast nationals.  The final numbers show that Who’s Still Standing? on NBC did not in fact grow week to week, and You Deserve It on ABC and NBC’s Rock Center both set a series low after all.  Corrected tracks for NBC and ABC follow.

NBC Mon        High Low  1121 1128 12.5 1212 1219 1226
The Sing-Off   1.9  1.3  1.4  1.7  1.1  —   —   —

Who’s Still Standing?                        1.5  1.5
Fear Factor    3.5  2.5                 3.5  2.5  1.5R

Playboy Club   1.6  1.2 
Rock Center    1.2  0.8  0.9  1.2  0.9  1.1  1.2  0.8
ABC Mon        High Low  1121 1128 12.5 1212 1219 1226
Dancing Stars  4.0  2.8  3.5  —   —   —   —   —
You Deserve It 1.7  0.8  1.7  1.4  1.0  0.9  0.9  0.8
Castle         3.2  2.0  2.3  1.3R 2.0  0.9R 1.0R 0.7R


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.