September 7, 2013

Top Cable and Broadcast Shows of the Week (through Thursday)

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The weekly rankings so far (through Thursday) for cable and broadcast programs.  In the official nationals, Thursday’s NFL season kickoff game (Baltimore at Denver) came in at a 10.3 rating with adults 18-49, the #1 show of the week by far at this point and ahead of last year’s 9.7 rating for the similar game (Dallas at NY Giants on Wednesday, September 5).  But the 10.3 rating was only slightly higher than the 10.0 fast national rating and did not lift anywhere near as much as normal because of the very late end time (12:25 am ET).  When a live sporting event ends near 11 pm ET as normal, all of the Pacific time zone viewing is not counted in the initial fast national rating.  But in Thursday’s case, the game ended at 9:25 pm PT so much of the game’s West Coast viewing was already reflected in the fast nationals, reducing the magnitude of the “lift” in the official nationals that we normally see.

Cable Sep 8 2013 through Thur

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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.