October 12, 2011

The Sked: Cable Ratings October 4-10

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Sports dominated the top of the cable chart again this week, led of course by NFL Monday Night Football with a very good 6.9 Adult 18-49 rating.  TBS had some very good performances in the League Division Series, when the Yankees and Phillies were still in the running and when their respective Series culminated in decisive Game 5 contests.  But the numbers have turned sour in the next round of the Postseason.  For example, a League Championship Series game on Sunday afternoon could only muster a 1.0 rating, and a primetime LCS game on Monday could not even make the chart (a lowly 0.8 rating).  This does not bode well for the World Series.

Jersey Shore and Keeping Up with the Kardashians were the top cable entertainment choices, while FX’s Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story were the top cable scripted programs.  The season finale of the excellent Breaking Bad on AMC finally made the chart, if only because we bent the rules and extended the bottom of the chart to a 1.0. 

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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.