August 14, 2014

SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 25 Wednesday Cable Originals – 8/13/14


NETWORK UPDATE:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and BIG BROTHER both gained 0.1 in final numbers, and for once the AGT gain didn’t lead to a loss for TAXI BROOKLYN.

Below are Wednesday’s Top 25 original cable telecasts (which actually cover the 157 most watched shows of the night once reruns are excluded).  Analysis and context are below the chart.

A note on the color-coding.  Green indicates an above average rating within each demographic group.  Red indicates a below average demographic rating.  Yellow is average for each demo group.

Top 25 Cable WED Aug 13 2014

TNT’s LEGENDS didn’t make much of an impact, debuting at 0.52.  It was, however, much stronger with Men 50+, drawing a 2.00 with that group.  It was followed by the season premiere of FRANKLIN & BASH, which appears to be on its last legs, not even making the chart at 0.28 and 1.25M total viewers.  Despite the SHARK WEEK competition on Discovery, DUCK DYNASTY (A&E) had a strong night, up more than a quarter of a point from last week to 1.43.  WAHLBERGERS, airing after DUCK, was at 0.86, with BIG SMO at 0.56.  The SHARK WEEK shows of the night followed DUCK DYNASTY, ZOMBIE SHARKS at 1.21 and SPAWN OF JAWS at 1.19.  TEEN MOMS (MTV) was up more than a tenth at 1.17.  On USA, SUITS was up slightly at 0.76 and GRACELAND was down slightly at 0.42.  THE BRIDGE (FX) fell a bit to 0.29.  On ABCFamily, YOUNG & HUNGRY was down almost a tenth to 0.33, and MYSTERY GIRLS didn’t make the list, at 0.15 and 546K total viewers.  Neither of the TVLand comedies made the chart:  HOT IN CLEVELAND was at 0.16/855K, and JENNIFER FALLS was at 0.10/400K, both down significantly from last week.  THE DIVIDE (WE) remained at its sad 0.06/373K.  Finally, the series finale episodes of WILFRED (FXX) were at 0.14/239K and 0.16/247K.

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.