August 15, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’S Top 25 Thursday Cable Originals – 8/14/14


The day’s top 25 cable originals are listed below (actually reaching #134 on the night’s overall cable list, if reruns were included), with some context and analysis under that.  But first:

NETWORK UPDATE:  The football adjustments didn’t affect NBC’s numbers, but all of ABC’s shows lost 0.1 in the final count. 


Top 25 Cable THU Aug 14 2014

Football trumped sharks last night, as NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL on the NFL Network scored a 1.24, with a huge 2.82 in Men 50+.  Discovery’s SHARK WEEK followed, with 1.14 for SHARKAGEDDON and 0.96 for I ESCAPED JAWS.  BLACK JESUS (Adult Swim) held up extremely well from last week’s premiere down just 0.01 at 0.90.  DEFIANCE (Syfy) was also steady at 0.46.  Both of USA’s shows were down more than a tenth, RUSH at 0.36 and (off the chart) SATISFACTION at 0.27 (1.1M total viewers).  FX’s shows lost all of last week’s gains, with MARRIED down to 0.26/595K and YOU’RE THE WORST at 0.19/415K.  Both episodes of PAWN STARS (History) were down more than a tenth at 0.67/0.63, and PROJECT RUNWAY (Lifetime) was at 0.61.  On VH1, DATING NAKED was up 50% to 0.30 (741K total viewers), and CANDIDLY NICOLE was up 0.04 to 0.15/375K, but LEEANN & EDDIE was only up 0.01 to 0.12/210K.  GARFUNKEL & OATES (IFC) grew a bit from last week’s premiere to 0.09/205K.  On Sundance, RECTIFY fell badly to 0.02/124K, and THE HONORABLE WOMAN only managed 0.014 and 100K viewers if you added together its 10PM and 1AM airings.

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.