November 30, 2011

The Sked: Cable Ratings November 22-28

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>Once again football tops the weekly cable ratings chart.  ESPN’s Monday Night Football was in its usual #1 position with a solid 5.6 Adult 18-49 rating, but the big number was turned in by the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football (a very good 4.1 rating, almost double the performance of the franchise two weeks ago).  The Thanksgiving night telecast featured the first NFL contest between two head coach brothers (John and Jim Harbaugh).

AMC’s Walking Dead finished its season with a very good 3.5 rating, while History’s Pawn Stars took the top unscripted entertainment crown this week (2.1 rating). 

One of the most impressive numbers comes from Discovery’s Gold Rush.  A 1.7 rating does not sound extraordinary until you consider it comes on lightly-viewed Friday night, and that 1.7 also represents a continuation of a steady and sustainable build ,for the show.


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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.