November 13, 2012

THE SKED: Sunday Cable Scorecard – 11/11/12


AMC:  THE WALKING DEAD,  with another strong episode that continued to put last year’s dim drama into its rear-view mirror, recovered from its blip of slight decline the week before, up 0.7 to another gigantic 5.6.  With 1.6 added for the 10PM rebroadcast (itself higher rated than anything else on cable Sunday except the 2 Breaking Amish shows on TLC), its primetime total of 7.2 was the 2d highest rated show on all of primetime television this past week, only behind Sunday Night Football.   TALKING DEAD and COMIC BOOK MEN were steady at 1.1 and 0.5.

SHOWTIME:  HOMELAND and DEXTER are now firing on all cylinders dramatically (well, Dexter loses half a cylinder when its Russian gangster is center stage), with Homeland, particularly, proving this week that it doesn’t need shocking plot revelations to be superb.  Dexter was up a bit to 1.1, while Homeland held steady at 0.8 (up, however, in the older-skewing total households number).

HBO:  BOARDWALK EMPIRE this week was both impressive (a tour de force by Steve Buscemi) and annoying (the tour de force was because his Nucky was concussed for the entire hour, making for lots of hallucinations and extended verbal miscues), and held at a 0.7 rating.  TREME, heading toward the finale of its penultimate 3rd season in 2 weeks, was its version of gripping (Janette’s restaurant is opening!  Annie has a record coming out!), and was at its usual level, a rounded-up 0.2 in 18-49s. 

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."