August 27, 2013

Top Cable and Broadcast Programs of the Week

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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MTV’s Video Music Awards took the top spot of the week, pushing Duck Dynasty into second place.  AMC’s Breaking Bad ticked up one tenth from last week.  Although it aired directly against the top-rated VMAs, there was very little overlap between those two audiences.  Also, Breaking Bad did not have to face HBO’s True Blood.  Nevertheless, Newsroom forged ahead at 10:00 pm on HBO without its normal lead-in, producing a typical 0.6 rating (not shown on the chart below as it is below our reporting threshold). 

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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.