August 19, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Sunday Cable Originals – 8/17/14

You’ll see below that we’ve added a new feature to our Cable Originals chart:  some notable titles that don’t make the day’s Top 25 but are still worth attention.  We’re not going to be able to provide a voluminous list of these “extra” shows, but if you have any particular titles that you’d like us to add, please let us know and we’ll try to include them.

First, a few additional ratings notes:

SATURDAY CABLE:  OUTLANDER (Starz) rose by an impressive 0.08 from last week’s premiere to 0.27, and was also up in total viewers to 895K in its 9PM airing, with an additional 0.13/441K at 10PM.  The asterisk there is because, like the previous night’s THE KNICK, this was the first airing that hadn’t featured pre-premiere availability online and on VOD.  Nevertheless, it suggests supportive word-of-mouth is kicking in.  HELL ON WHEELS (AMC) was up a tick from last week to 0.36, with 2.17M total viewers.

SUNDAY NETWORK UPDATE:  BIG BROTHER, WIPEOUT and the preseason NFL FOOTBALL game on FOX all gained 0.1 in final Sunday numbers.

Top 25 Cable SUN Aug 17 2014

All the HBO Sunday shows were very stable, with TRUE BLOOD, THE LEFTOVERS and LAST WEEK TONIGHT within a few hundredths of last week.  On Showtime, RAY DONOVAN gained 0.02 to 0.48, but MASTERS OF SEX lost the 0.05 it had gained last week and returned to a 0.25 level.  On TNT, THE LAST SHIP was down very slightly to 1.01, but FALLING SKIES gained 0.07 to 0.65.  THE STRAIN (FX) was steady as a rock at 1.01.  On Lifetime, WITCHES OF EAST END rose 0.07 to 0.47, while THE LOTTERY gained 0.01 to 0.22.  MANHATTAN (WGNAmerica) lost a tick to 0.08.  ROBOT CHICKEN (Adult Swim) lost 0.06 to 0.82. On the reality side, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (E!) was up 0.05 to 1.15, REAL HOUSEWIVES (Bravo) lost more than a tenth to 0.81, and MOUNTAIN MEN (History) gained a robust 0.16 to 0.80.

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."