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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.

 
  • hello

    Wow, Young Justice is really popular among adults 18-49.
    Is a 3rd season of Killing really necessary?

  • Epicfail037

    Yikes! Victorious took a HUGE hit here! I didn’t expect it to do too well because of The Avengers, but not even 3 or even 2.5 million?! Not a good sign!

  • avatar

    I’m so glad AMC put their eggs in whiny Weiner’s basket of lies for a show that far more people talk about than watch while hosing Walking Dead and almost Breaking Bad, the best show on TV, in the process. Good luck, Weiner – hope your show can beat an SVU repeat next week.

  • Paul

    Frankly, I’m surprised there are 700,000 people in this country who can stomach an entire 30 minutes of ‘Girls’.

  • Nick

    @Anthony: Wilson Phillips had 158K viewers at 9 PM with a .05 A18-49 rating.

    @SV: Mexican Made Easy brought in just 591K viewers to go along with a .14 A18-49. It only beat the early morning programs before it.

    @Stefan: I’m not sure if those numbers are available as of now. If they are, I don’t yet have access.

  • I Love the Farm

    2.308 viewership and 0.7 demo.

    I promised last week that if the royal POS Mad Man somehow managed to top these mediocre numbers from its previous episode and stop its season-long, week-by-week decline, I would not be back. But of course the POS delivered on its legacy of FAIL and I am back.

    First off, I want to thank Bob for his September 2009 posting on the question of whether Mad Man is worth it for AMC: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2009/09/01/is-mad-men-worth-it-for-amc/26024/. This posting provided useful insight, and yes, I do agree that Mad Man was worth it…BACK THEN.

    When The Walking Dead (TWD) Season 2 premiere aired on October 16, 2011, AMC stock (AMCX) was trading at 32.55. Thanks largely to TWD’s off-the-charts ratings performance, AMCX climbed up all the way to 43.80 by the show’s season finale on March 18, 2012. In other words, TWD helped make AMC more valuable by more than one-third, an increase in market value of $655 million. In the few short weeks since the Mad Man took over the ultra-critical (for AMC) Sunday 10 PM slot, AMCX has continually declined to 40.36, an 8% reduction in market value or $200 million! TWD giveth, the royal POS taketh away.

    Now comes news that DISH Network is dropping AMC like a bad habit. Say what you will about the circumstances of that announcement, but no way would it have happened while TWD was on the air.

    Mad Man is fine if AMC is a $0.23- or $0.24-per-subscriber-per-month network. But if Josh Sapan is going to continue yacking to the public, the cable and satellite operators, and the markets that his network is worth three times that, then he better cancel the money-losing royal POS Mad Man and take good care of the ONE franchise he has going, The Walking Dead.

    Now watch those who are so impressionable that they think an ad agency is cool respond with NOT-BY-THE-NUMBERS personal attacks on me.

    Time to cancel the royal POS Mad Man. Long live The Walking Dead!

  • AC75

    @Paul

    I’ve never watched this Girls show… what makes it so stomach churning?

  • Weez

    Not surprised to see The Killing continue to fall. It hasn’t been very good, although that’s generally been the case since the middle of the first season.

    Mad Men seems to have totally and completely lost all of the viewers it tried to grab through their absolutely awful marketing campaign that aired with The Walking Dead. Not that it particularly matters, as the show has been really good this season and will continue to bring in the awards for AMC.

    Game of Thrones keeps chugging along, and after this weeks episode I think we’ll begin to see small weekly rises until the finale. Easily the most ambitious show on television, and it deserves all the views that it already gets and more.

    Veep and Girls continue to show why they’re two of the best comedies/dramedies HBO has aired in some time, although the ratings aren’t spectacular for either show (for the initital airings, at least), and it looks like Showtime isn’t seeing much (if any) of an increase for any of their shows despite the fact that the first new episodes that weren’t available OnDemand showed this Sunday (I believe; correct me if I’m wrong as I haven’t gotten around to watching any of them yet). Must be disappointing for them, but at least The Borgias received a third season renewal.

  • Chris

    @Colin–if you didn’t like GOT last Sunday, stop watching GOT. It will only get worse. By which I mean better. So how’s life in the Bizarro World? ;)

  • Chris

    Mad Men has declined from its premiere, as anybody who has been paying attention knew it would. It’s impeccably produced, extremely worthy, and so deadly dull. Why go into such extreme depth about such shallow people?

    I know it’s been amazing some weeks, and I really do respect the work they do, but it’s not the best show on television, and it would be nice if people would stop saying that like it means anything. :)

  • SarahL

    I think The Killing‘s big mistake was not doing a different mystery every season like the original and most other serial crime dramas. Viewers are bound to feel cheated when they do not get a pay off at the end of the season.

    @I Love the Farm
    LOL! To be fair Mad Men just had a miniscule drop in overall viewers. Regardless, the floor is yours.

  • SV

    @Nick
    Thanks so much, Nick!!! Appreciate it!!!

  • Weez

    @SarahL

    So I see where the whole ‘entertainment value’ factor of @I Love The Farm comes from, although it was kind of lost on me last week. Hard to argue with “the numbers”, but I’m finding some of that information a bit dubious – maybe some citing may have been in order. Regardless, the vitrol and conviction really do shine through in this latest post of his, and while I don’t see what Mad Men has to do with The Walking Dead (a bigger budget isn’t magically going to make the actors or writers any better in TWD), it doesn’t hurt to let him go on with his tirades if only because it’s not as if he’ll actually make any difference and it’s entertaining to read.

  • Kevin

    Two things people

    #1 Game of Thrones matters to HBO not only for subscriptions. But free advertising. When you win awards and your show is getting best support actors and nerds are subscribing and word of mouth is making a fantasy show get that many viewers it’s insane good press for HBO. Good Press for HBO gets more 1st time viewers saying “What’s this show about” HBOGO let’s them catch up.

    #2 Mad Men & Breaking Bad, same thing when you win best show and best actor even if they viewers and ratings aren’t great. The press gets more people watching your channel. I mean who knew AMC had shows before Mad men? They won Emmy for best show. I checked it out. That’s why i found out about Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.

    Not everything is about advertising today and right now. It’s about making your band strong. Game of Thrones DVD sales were the best they ever had. Mad Men makes people realize there are shows on AMC.

  • DW

    @ farm. i love your spunk.

  • Chris

    One thing, Kevin.

    GOT gets a lot of acclaim (and a few awards), and as a result, its ratings go UP. Mad Men may well have helped AMC get more attention, but it’s failed to grow its audience in spite of all the acclaim and all the awards in existence, so how can we say, now that Walking Dead is there, that it’s growing AMC’s audience? It isn’t. Not anymore. That’s why AMC has given it a definite endpoint.

    At the end of the day, the audience decides. Not the critics, at least not the ones writing reviews about what’s on right now.

  • SarahL

    @Weez

    I am glad that you come around a bit about I Love The Farm. His posts are staples of the Tuesday cable ratings posts and they really do make me smile and chuckle. I may not agree with his interpretation and events re: Mad Men, but he is not always completely wrong either. In any case, I appreciate that he always apologizes when he gets too personal, an admirable trait.

  • Polar Bear

    @colin

    What?

  • AppleStinx

    The ‘Chopped All-Stars’ final was down from the semifinal of last Sunday. It wasn’t as interesting. The overall quality in the final suffered after Michael Symon got chopped in the appetizer round. I think Jeffrey Saad could have defeated Marcus Samuelsson, the Swedish chef and regular ‘Chopped’ judge. On the positive side, Saad has learned to keep his eyes open and not to squint for the cameras.

  • cal331

    @Chris: “if you didn’t like GOT last Sunday, stop watching GOT. It will only get worse.”

    I didn’t hate it; the show is very well-done. But having just read the book, I feel like very little of what happened past the halfway point of the episode was from the book. I know that adaptation will happen; actions and characters will be omitted, condensed, combined etc. However, this episode just contained way too many departures from the source material to make me love it. In a way, I wish I would have waited till the second series ended to read the second book; it would have increased my enjoyment of the show if I didn’t have the comparisons going through my head all the time.

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