April 2, 2013

Top Cable Shows of the Week — Final Update

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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For broadcasters: The end of the world as you know it?  Walking Dead not only tops the cable ratings chart, but also beat everything else on TV — by far.  The highest-rated program in prime time last week on broadcast television with adults 18-49 was the the second game of the NCAA double-header Sunday that spilled into CBS prime (Louisville-Duke), a 4.9 rating.  (See more on the weekend sports television landscape in SKEDBALL each week.)  Then the spring premiere of The Voice on NBC Monday averaged a 4.8 rating.  Good ratings but not even close to a 6.4 for the finale of Walking Dead.

To make matters worse, those are the only two broadcast network programs last week to beat Duck Dynasty.  Yikes.

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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.