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Sunday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs + 'Game of Thrones', 'The Client List', 'Army Wives,' 'Khloe & Lamar', 'Mad Men' + More

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May 8th, 2012


TNT's coverage of the NBA Playoffs was the evening's top cable performer, earning the network a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Game of Thrones was second and rose a tenth again vs. last week to earn a 2.0 rating.

Update: lots of additional shows (including GIRLS, The Big C and The Borgias  via commenter Nick are below the normal table.

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our principal source. If you don’t see an original episode of a show here, it’s because it wasn’t in the top 100.

The list below is long but you can use your browsers "find on page" feature (usually CTRL+F or CMD+F) to search - that's probably the easiest way to find Mad Men.

Selected Sunday cable ratings: (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 9:44 PM 4.622 2.2
GAME OF THRONES HBOM 9:04 PM 3.879 2.0
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 7:09 PM 3.588 1.6
BREAK HBOM 9:57 PM 2.516 1.3
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 2.543 1.2
Ax Men HIST 9:00 PM 2.791 1.0
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 12:18 AM 1.901 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.255 1.0
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2.381 1.0
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 6:00 PM 2.416 0.9
CLIENT LIST, THE LIF 10:00 PM 2.507 0.9
Army Wives LIF 9:00 PM 3.073 0.9
Good Luck Charlie DSNY 8:30 PM 4.257 0.9
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 9:30 PM 2.240 0.8
Chopped ALL-STARS FOOD 9:00 PM 2.503 0.8
KHLOE & LAMAR ENT 10:00 PM 1.548 0.8
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:02 PM 1.734 0.8
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 2.829 0.8
LOITER SQUAD ADSM 11:30 PM 1.767 0.8
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 9:00 PM 2.131 0.8
Good Luck Charlie DSNY 8:00 PM 3.962 0.8
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 6:30 PM 1.663 0.8
Mythbusters DISC 9:00 PM 1.653 0.7
Mad Men AMC 10:00 PM 2.290 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 1.585 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2.472 0.7
MOB WIVES 2 VH1 8:00 PM 1.350 0.7
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBCSN 7:30 PM 1.633 0.7
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 9:00 PM 1.996 0.7
FX MOVIE LATE FX 11:00 PM 1.394 0.7
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 9:30 AM 2.505 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:30 PM 1.712 0.7
MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY TLC 10:00 PM 1.687 0.7
COMEDY AWARDS CMDY 9:00 PM 1.304 0.7
DISNEY HAVE-A-LAUGH SHORT DSNY 9:55 AM 2.375 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 2.390 0.7
TOSH.O CMDY 8:00 PM 1.195 0.7
DISNEY HAVE-A-LAUGH SHORT DSNY 9:25 AM 2.460 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 11:30 AM 3.035 0.6
BETWEEN TWO FERNS CMDY 8:30 PM 1.006 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 11:00 AM 2.795 0.6
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK 10:00 AM 2.939 0.6
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 9:00 AM 2.404 0.6
MOVIE, USA USA 2:08 PM 1.574 0.6
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P DSNY 8:30 AM 2.371 0.6
RIVER MONSTERS APL 10:00 PM 1.446 0.6
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 8:55 AM 2.301 0.6
MICKEYS MOUSEKERCIZE SHOR DSNY 8:25 AM 2.310 0.6
VEEP HBOM 10:00 PM 0.949 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 3:00 PM 1.386 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 2.100 0.6
BREAK HBOM 8:51 PM 1.182 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1.540 0.5
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 8:00 AM 2.322 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 10:00 AM 1.043 0.5
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 5:00 PM 1.205 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.743 0.5
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 11:00 PM 1.256 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 9:00 AM 2.528 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 12:00 PM 1.870 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:00 PM 1.089 0.5
Iron Chef America FOOD 10:00 PM 1.446 0.5
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 7:58 PM 1.528 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1.834 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 6:30 PM 1.128 0.5
JEFF DUNHAM: CONTROL CHAO CMDY 5:30 PM 1.091 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:30 PM 1.221 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:00 PM 1.212 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1.497 0.5
Chopped ALL-STARS FOOD 12:00 AM 1.118 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.482 0.5
Mythbusters DISC 10:00 PM 1.099 0.5
TBS MOVIE SUNDAY TBSC 12:00 PM 1.128 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:30 PM 1.250 0.5
CUPCAKE WARS FOOD 8:00 PM 1.296 0.5
MOVIE, USA USA 12:03 PM 1.049 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1.719 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 1.076 0.4
Ax Men HIST 8:00 PM 1.202 0.4
Swamp People HIST 10:01 PM 1.353 0.4
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 6:00 PM 1.126 0.4
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 11:30 PM 1.101 0.4
Chopped ALL-STARS FOOD 7:00 PM 0.995 0.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:02 PM 0.892 0.4
DVD ON TV FX 9:30 AM 0.968 0.4
OCEANS THIRTEEN TBSC 8:00 PM 1.168 0.4
Swamp People HIST 6:00 PM 1.215 0.4
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 12:00 PM 1.167 0.4
BEST THING I EVER ATE FOOD 5:30 PM 1.046 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 8:00 PM 1.390 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 6:00 PM 0.997 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:00 PM 1.004 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 4:30 PM 1.141 0.4
PROPERTY VIRGINS HGTV 2:00 PM 1.159 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 12:00 PM 1.223 0.3
Storage Wars AEN 7:30 PM 1.041 0.3
KILLING AMC 9:00 PM 1.344 0.3
HOUSE CRASHERS HGTV 11:30 AM 1.138 0.3
I HATE MY KITCHEN HGTV 9:30 AM 0.955 0.3
YARD CRASHERS HGTV 11:00 AM 1.123 0.3

-via Nick:

Game of Thrones (HBO)
-11:04 PM: 0.832 million viewers, 0.41 A18-49

Veep (HBO)
-12:01 AM: 0.257 million viewers, 0.13 A18-49

Girls (HBO)
-10:31 PM: 0.743 million viewers, 0.41 A18-49
-12:32 AM: 0.245 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

Nurse Jackie (SHO)
-9 PM: 0.542 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49
-11 PM: 0.323 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

The Big C (SHO)
-9:30 PM: 0.483 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49
-11:30 PM: 0.303 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

The Borgias (SHO)
-10 PM: 0.567 million viewers, 0.18 A18-49
-12 AM: 0.182 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

Mrs. Eastwood and Company (E!)
-10:30 PM: 0.765 million viewers, 0.35 A18-49

Comedy Awards (Comedy Central)
11:01 PM: 0.882 million viewers, 0.53 A18-49

Tough Love 4 (VH1)
-9 PM: 0.919 million viewers, 0.53 A18-49
-11 PM: 0.525 million viewers, 0.30 A18-49

Master Class (OWN)
-10 PM: 0.253 million viewers, 0.10 A18-49

Shannen Says (WE)
-10 PM: 0.162 million viewers, 0.07 A18-49
-11 PM: 0.146 million viewers, 0.07 A18-49

Sandwich King (Food Network)
-11 AM: 0.700 million viewers, 0.23 A18-49 (ranked 3rd on the network in viewers through 2:30 PM and 2nd in the demo – beaten by Best Thing I Ever Made at 11:30A)

Saturday:

SpongeBob (Nickelodeon)
-10 AM: 3.390 million viewers, 0.73 A18-49
-10:30 AM: 3.625 million viewers, 0.76 A18-49
-11:30 AM: 2.701 million viewers, 0.56 A18-49

Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)
-11 AM: 3.784 million viewers, 0.95 A18-49 (#1 on the network for the day)

Power Rangers (Nickelodeon)
-12 PM: 2.142 million viewers, 0.43 A18-49

Victorious (Nickelodeon)
-8 PM: 2.414 million viewers, 0.37 A18-49

How To Rock (Nickelodeon)
-8:30 PM: 2.014 million viewers, 0.28 A18-49

ThunderCats (Cartoon Network)
-9:30 AM: 1.551 million viewers, 0.44 A18-49

Green Lantern (Cartoon Network)
-10 AM: 1.586 million viewers, 0.49 A18-49

Young Justice: Invasion (Cartoon Network)
-10:30 AM: 1.853 million viewers, 0.58 A18-49

Sweetie Pies (OWN)
-9 PM: 0.543 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49

Beverlys Full House (OWN)
-10 PM: 0.296 million viewers, 0.08 A18-49

WWE AM Raw (USA)
-2 AM: 0.723 million viewers, 0.27 A18-49

 

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • atxcountry

    This may be an odd question, but does HBO even care about the demo? Without advertising, I would think they would not be a slave to the 18-49 like other networks.

    As their money is in selling subscriptions and DVDs, wouldn’t total viewers be king?

    Or do 18-49 matter for syndication sales?

  • Anthony

    Any numbers for Girls and Wilson Phillips: Still Holding on

  • DW

    well the head of dish network played fan excuse bingo yesterday and said that AMC is devalued as a network due to releasing their shows the day after on demand with i tunes and amazon and other ppv sites. i think he’s wrong and being a dick.

  • Tommy

    @atxcountry

    From what I understand, no they don’t really care about the demo. What they look at it total viewers and how many people Subscribe, CX and Maintain their subs at what point during the airing of there shows.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Atxcountry: No, HBO doesn’t care about the demo, if I remember correctly when this question as asked the last time.

  • Jonathan

    Watch What Happens Live had more viewers than Khloe and Lamar!!! WTF!?

  • Nick

    Additional telecasts:

    Game of Thrones (HBO)
    -11:04 PM: 0.832 million viewers, 0.41 A18-49

    Veep (HBO)
    -12:01 AM: 0.257 million viewers, 0.13 A18-49

    Girls (HBO)
    -10:31 PM: 0.743 million viewers, 0.41 A18-49
    -12:32 AM: 0.245 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

    Nurse Jackie (SHO)
    -9 PM: 0.542 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49
    -11 PM: 0.323 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

    The Big C (SHO)
    -9:30 PM: 0.483 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49
    -11:30 PM: 0.303 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

    The Borgias (SHO)
    -10 PM: 0.567 million viewers, 0.18 A18-49
    -12 AM: 0.182 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

    Mrs. Eastwood and Company (E!)
    -10:30 PM: 0.765 million viewers, 0.35 A18-49

    Comedy Awards (Comedy Central)
    11:01 PM: 0.882 million viewers, 0.53 A18-49

    Tough Love 4 (VH1)
    -9 PM: 0.919 million viewers, 0.53 A18-49
    -11 PM: 0.525 million viewers, 0.30 A18-49

    Master Class (OWN)
    -10 PM: 0.253 million viewers, 0.10 A18-49

    Shannen Says (WE)
    -10 PM: 0.162 million viewers, 0.07 A18-49
    -11 PM: 0.146 million viewers, 0.07 A18-49

    Sandwich King (Food Network)
    -11 AM: 0.700 million viewers, 0.23 A18-49 (ranked 3rd on the network in viewers through 2:30 PM and 2nd in the demo – beaten by Best Thing I Ever Made at 11:30A)

    Saturday:

    Spongebob (Nickelodeon)
    -10 AM: 3.390 million viewers, 0.73 A18-49
    -10:30 AM: 3.625 million viewers, 0.76 A18-49
    -11:30 AM: 2.701 million viewers, 0.56 A18-49

    Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)
    -11 AM: 3.784 million viewers, 0.95 A18-49 (#1 on the network for the day)

    Power Rangers (Nickelodeon)
    -12 PM: 2.142 million viewers, 0.43 A18-49

    Victorious (Nickelodeon)
    -8 PM: 2.414 million viewers, 0.37 A18-49

    How To Rock (Nickelodeon)
    -8:30 PM: 2.014 million viewers, 0.28 A18-49

    Thundercats (Cartoon Network)
    -9:30 AM: 1.551 million viewers, 0.44 A18-49

    Green Lantern (Cartoon Network)
    -10 AM: 1.586 million viewers, 0.49 A18-49

    Young Justice: Invasion (Cartoon Network)
    -10:30 AM: 1.853 million viewers, 0.58 A18-49

    Sweetie Pies (OWN)
    -9 PM: 0.543 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49

    Beverlys Full House (OWN)
    -10 PM: 0.296 million viewers, 0.08 A18-49

    WWE AM Raw (USA)
    -2 AM: 0.723 million viewers, 0.27 A18-49

  • LoveLee

    Yay for GOT….Sunday’s episode was great!

  • mikio

    where did you get this information from, so i can reference this on wikipedia

  • Kyle7

    @atxountry: HBO’s been known to keep at least one show, Arli$$, on the air in spite of poor absolute ratings since so many of its fans said they’d unsubscribe should it be canceled. Total viewership must have a fairly strong correlation with keeping current subscribers or attracting new ones, but ultimately it boils down to how many people are paying for the service. I’m pretty sure that’s why they’ve been able to launch HBO Go- whether you’re watching the first-run airing or seeing it 3 weeks later on your laptop on vacation, as long as they’re getting your money it doesn’t matter when or where you watch their programming.

  • BrieK

    Yep, The Killing is a goner. As I said last week, I sure hope they have a proper series finale.

  • SV

    @Nick
    Thanks ever so much as always, Nick!!! Do you have numbers for Saturday’s season premiere of Mexican Made Easy (FOOD, 9:00AM)? Thanks in advance!!!

  • Ultima

    @atxcountry
    This may be an odd question, but does HBO even care about the demo?

    HBO, Showtime, etc. are all about viewers and subscriptions.

  • Sports Preemption

    With those numbers why doesn’t tough love make the Top 100 list. Is there such a difference between its 18-49 numbers and its 22-54 numbers?

  • Ron

    So the reairing of Girls does better than the reairing of Veep at a later hour though I’m confused as to why its not listed in the top 100 with a demo of .4

  • Stefan

    @Nick
    Thanks for AM Raw numbers!

    Do you also have the final UFC on Fox3 numbers?

  • Concerned Citizen

    The Killing has to be dead at this point, right? I mean, I know it’s going up against the NBA playoffs, and I imagine there will at least be a spike in the finale. But a 0.3? With all the backlash that it’s given AMC? And with the two new pilots they picked up? There’s no way it’s coming back.

    Also, nice numbers for Game of Thrones. Well deserved.

  • Kyle7

    @Ron: The list that TVBTN gets is of the top 100 cable shows in A25-54, but it also contains the 18-49 and total viewership figures (plus possibly other demos that no one really cares about). Whoever’s posting the list rearranges them based on 18-49, but a top 100 18-49 show may not be in the top 100 25-54 and thus won’t be on the list. Evidently Veep has an older-skewing viewership than Girls, which, just based on the premises of each, wouldn’t surprise me (I haven’t seen either).

  • marc

    This Mad Men season is just incredible. Even better than the last one?

  • AC75

    I still enjoy The Killing but, with these numbers, I doubt there will be anything after this season. Perhaps wrapping the one case is all that’s required anyway. Holding comment on Game of Thrones this week.

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