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Sunday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs, + 'Game of Thrones', 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Ax Men', 'The Client List', 'Sister Wives', + More

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May 22nd, 2012

Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs took the top spot on cable Sunday, earning a 2.0 18-49 rating. Game of Thrones was a close second, also scoring a 2.o 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week.

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 Veep.

Update: extra shows (including Nurse Jackie and Girls) via commenter Nick are below the normal table as well as the comments.

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 2 L TNT 10:30 PM 4.443 2.0
GAME OF THRONES HBOM 9:04 PM 3.864 2.0
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 2.855 1.5
Ax Men HIST 9:00 PM 3.485 1.4
Ax Men HIST 10:01 PM 3.522 1.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 2.345 1.3
BREAK HBOM 9:56 PM 2.491 1.2
CLIENT LIST, THE LIF 10:00 PM 2.547 1.1
BREAK HBOM 8:56 PM 2.090 1.1
Army Wives LIF 9:00 PM 2.773 1.0
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 10:00 PM 2.091 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.317 0.9
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 8:00 PM 1.785 0.9
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 1:20 AM 1.883 0.8
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:20 PM 1.453 0.8
Sister Wives TLC 9:00 PM 1.856 0.8
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 7:45 PM 1.735 0.8
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 2.390 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.697 0.7
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:01 PM 1.509 0.7
Mythbusters DISC 9:00 PM 1.590 0.7
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 11:00 PM 1.310 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 2.198 0.7
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 8:30 PM 1.562 0.7
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 5:30 PM 1.600 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 2.224 0.6
LOITER SQUAD ADSM 11:30 PM 1.551 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 3.040 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 2.101 0.6
AZIZ ANSARI: DANGEROUSLY CMDY 10:00 PM 1.016 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2.476 0.6
Mad Men AMC 10:00 PM 1.922 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 1.700 0.6
Ax Men HIST 8:00 PM 1.869 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 11:00 PM 1.788 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.926 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 12:00 AM 1.590 0.6
MOB WIVES 2 VH1 8:00 PM 1.196 0.6
MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY TLC 10:00 PM 1.306 0.6
X-MEN:FIRST CLASS HBOM 6:45 PM 1.117 0.6
FOOD NETWORK STAR 90 FOOD 9:00 PM 1.724 0.6
FX MOVIE LATE FX 11:00 PM 1.170 0.6
RIVER MONSTERS APL 10:00 PM 1.243 0.6
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 11:31 PM 1.092 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 9:00 AM 2.738 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 11:01 PM 1.337 0.5
MRS. EASTWOOD & COMPANY ENT 10:00 PM 1.095 0.5
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 7:57 PM 1.730 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 8:00 PM 1.429 0.5
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 5:30 PM 1.144 0.5
Mythbusters DISC 10:00 PM 1.196 0.5
GAME OF THRONES HBOM 11:04 PM 1.038 0.5
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK 10:00 AM 2.633 0.5
Sister Wives TLC 11:00 PM 1.080 0.5
AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 8:00 PM 3.049 0.5
MICKEYS MOUSEKERCIZE SHOR DSNY 8:25 AM 1.954 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1.738 0.5
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 10:30 PM 1.327 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1.514 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1.710 0.5
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 1:00 PM 1.013 0.5
Mythbusters DISC 8:00 PM 1.015 0.5
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 8:00 AM 1.892 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 2:00 PM 1.045 0.5
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P DSNY 8:30 AM 2.069 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 10:00 AM 0.973 0.5
DVD ON TV FX 5:30 PM 1.031 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 2:00 PM 1.372 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 0.847 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1.664 0.5
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND DSNY 7:55 AM 1.813 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 10:00 PM 1.193 0.5
VEEP HBOM 10:01 PM 0.807 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 6:00 PM 1.396 0.5
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 3:00 PM 1.298 0.4
MOVIE, USA USA 12:30 PM 1.158 0.4
MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY TLC 7:00 PM 1.156 0.4
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 2:30 PM 1.099 0.4
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ESPN 9:00 AM 0.865 0.4
DISNEY HAVE-A-LAUGH SHORT DSNY 9:25 AM 2.148 0.4
KILLING AMC 9:00 PM 1.305 0.4
HISTORY SUNDAY HIST 11:01 PM 0.987 0.4
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 8:55 AM 1.970 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 AM 1.238 0.4
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 9:30 AM 2.180 0.4
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 6:00 PM 0.817 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 5:00 PM 1.432 0.4
SPORTS REPORTERS ESPN 9:30 AM 0.899 0.4
Mythbusters DISC 11:00 PM 0.903 0.4
BREAK HBOM 10:58 PM 0.783 0.4
CUPCAKE CHAMPIONS FOOD 8:00 PM 1.319 0.4
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 9:00 AM 2.111 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 7:00 PM 1.375 0.4
Time Machine HIST 7:00 PM 1.282 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE II LIF 7:00 PM 1.230 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 9:00 PM 1.146 0.4
PROPERTY VIRGINS HGTV 2:30 PM 1.237 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE I LIF 5:00 PM 1.219 0.4
NASCAR NATIONWIDE SRS   L ESPN 2:00 PM 1.452 0.4
EDGE OF DARKNESS TNT 12:00 PM 1.220 0.3

extras via commenter Nick:

The Pitch (AMC)
-11:04 PM: 0.339 million viewers, 0.12 A18-49

Veep (HBO)
-12:01 AM: 0.325 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49

Girls (HBO)
-10:31 PM: 0.678 million viewers, 0.38 A18-49
-12:32 AM: 0.263 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

Nurse Jackie (SHO)
-9 PM: 0.554 million viewers, 0.23 A18-49
-11 PM: 0.275 million viewers, 0.14 A18-49

The Big C (SHO)
-9:30 PM: 0.450 million viewers, 0.19 A18-49
-11:30 PM: 0.167 million viewers, 0.08 A18-49

The Borgias (SHO)
-10 PM: 0.554 million viewers, 0.21 A18-49
-12 AM: 0.134 million viewers, 0.07 A18-49

Tough Love 4 (VH1)
-9 PM: 0.418 million viewers, 0.19 A18-49

Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)
-7:30 PM: 2.548 million viewers, 0.44 A18-49

Shake It Up (Disney Channel)
-8:30 PM: 3.139 million viewers, 0.53 A18-49

Wilson Phillips (TV Guide Network)
- 9 PM: 0.164 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49
- 9:30 PM: 0.124 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

Sandwich King (Food Network)
-11 AM: 0.834 million viewers, 0.34 A18-49 (ranked #1 in viewers through 2 PM and #1 in the demo through 8 PM)

Saturday:

NBA Conference Semifinals – Oklahoma City at LA Lakers: Game 4 (TNT)
-10:30 PM: 6.366 million viewers, 2.83 A18-49

American Battleship (Syfy)
-9 PM: 1.722 million viewers, 0.33 A18-49

SpongeBob (Nickelodeon)
-9:30 AM: 2.819 million viewers, 0.50 A18-49
-10 AM: 2.884 million viewers, 0.56 A18-49
-10:30 AM: 3.065 million viewers, 0.56 A18-49
-11:30 AM: 2.320 million viewers, 0.55 A18-49

Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)
-11 AM: 3.452 million viewers, 0.89 A18-49 (#1 in the demo for the day)

Power Rangers (Nickelodeon)
-12 PM: 1.673 million viewers, 0.31 A18-49

Victorious: Tori Goes Platinum (Nickelodeon)
-8 PM: 3.823 million viewers, 0.69 A18-49

iCarly (Nickelodeon)
-9 PM: 2.899 million viewers, 0.45 A18-49

ThunderCats (Cartoon Network)
-9:30 AM: 1.755 million viewers, 0.55 A18-49

Green Lantern (Cartoon Network)
-10 AM: 1.675 million viewers, 0.54 A18-49

Young Justice: Invasion (Cartoon Network)
-10:30 AM: 2.037 million viewers, 0.72 A18-49

Sweetie Pies (OWN)
-9 PM: 0.564 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49
-10 PM: 0.548 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

WWE AM Raw (USA)
-2 AM: 0.545 million viewers, 0.24 A18-49

Food Network AM:
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen again had the highest viewership with 977K while Paula’s Best Dishes was #2 (878K), though just edging it out in the demo (0.24 to 0.23). Pioneer Woman took 3rd in both (813K, 0.22) and Mexican Made Easy was 4th in the demo and 6th in viewers.

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

 
  • Can

    Game of Thrones, love you so much.

  • me

    Does HBO even broadcast advertisements, considering it’s a pay channel? If not, does the adults 18-49 Rating even matter?

  • Harris

    Mad Men :-(. At least its basically guaranteed this season plus another, and that was probably going to be the end of the series anyway. It’s getting so good now.

  • Harris

    @me: No, they don’t In-fact, total live viewership doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is unique subscribers keeping/renewing their subscription because the show exists, and I suspect that’s probably over 5 million people.

  • Kid

    One of the best episodes, even without tits and blood (almost). 8))

  • Rocco

    Hallaleujiah. Mad Men = Good. Killing = Bad.

  • brandojames

    I think next episode of Game of Thrones the ratings will climb again. Hopefully to series highs. 2 episodes left. I can’t wait for the Blackwater!

  • SarahL

    Great episode of Game of Thrones. I am glad that it hung tough with the Heat/Pacers. Veep is growing on me.

    X-Men: First Class is my favorite of the X-Men movies so I am glad that it did well on HBO.

    Did Mad Men drop? You know who, will be in his element when he visits. LOL!

    @Amanda

    Usually, I ignore typos, but in the second sentenceyou typed “2.o” instead of “2.0.”

  • SarahL

    I wonder if The Killing is getting another season. The ratings aren’t great, but it might be cheap enough for AMC to do decide to bring it back.

  • Nick

    Additional telecasts:

    The Pitch (AMC)
    -11:04 PM: 0.339 million viewers, 0.12 A18-49

    Veep (HBO)
    -12:01 AM: 0.325 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49

    Girls (HBO)
    -10:31 PM: 0.678 million viewers, 0.38 A18-49
    -12:32 AM: 0.263 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

    Nurse Jackie (SHO)
    -9 PM: 0.554 million viewers, 0.23 A18-49
    -11 PM: 0.275 million viewers, 0.14 A18-49

    The Big C (SHO)
    -9:30 PM: 0.450 million viewers, 0.19 A18-49
    -11:30 PM: 0.167 million viewers, 0.08 A18-49

    The Borgias (SHO)
    -10 PM: 0.554 million viewers, 0.21 A18-49
    -12 AM: 0.134 million viewers, 0.07 A18-49

    Tough Love 4 (VH1)
    -9 PM: 0.418 million viewers, 0.19 A18-49

    Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)
    -7:30 PM: 2.548 million viewers, 0.44 A18-49

    Shake It Up (Disney Channel)
    -8:30 PM: 3.139 million viewers, 0.53 A18-49

    Wilson Phillips (TV Guide Network)
    – 9 PM: 0.164 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49
    – 9:30 PM: 0.124 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

    Sandwich King (Food Network)
    -11 AM: 0.834 million viewers, 0.34 A18-49 (ranked #1 in viewers through 2 PM and #1 in the demo through 8 PM)

    Saturday:

    NBA Conference Semifinals – Oklahoma City at LA Lakers: Game 4 (TNT)
    -10:30 PM: 6.366 million viewers, 2.83 A18-49

    American Battleship (Syfy)
    -9 PM: 1.722 million viewers, 0.33 A18-49

    Spongebob (Nickelodeon)
    -9:30 AM: 2.819 million viewers, 0.50 A18-49
    -10 AM: 2.884 million viewers, 0.56 A18-49
    -10:30 AM: 3.065 million viewers, 0.56 A18-49
    -11:30 AM: 2.320 million viewers, 0.55 A18-49

    Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)
    -11 AM: 3.452 million viewers, 0.89 A18-49 (#1 in the demo for the day)

    Power Rangers (Nickelodeon)
    -12 PM: 1.673 million viewers, 0.31 A18-49

    Victorious: Tori Goes Platinum (Nickelodeon)
    -8 PM: 3.823 million viewers, 0.69 A18-49

    iCarly (Nickelodeon)
    -9 PM: 2.899 million viewers, 0.45 A18-49

    Thundercats (Cartoon Network)
    -9:30 AM: 1.755 million viewers, 0.55 A18-49

    Green Lantern (Cartoon Network)
    -10 AM: 1.675 million viewers, 0.54 A18-49

    Young Justice: Invasion (Cartoon Network)
    -10:30 AM: 2.037 million viewers, 0.72 A18-49

    Sweetie Pies (OWN)
    -9 PM: 0.564 million viewers, 0.16 A18-49
    -10 PM: 0.548 million viewers, 0.15 A18-49

    WWE AM Raw (USA)
    -2 AM: 0.545 million viewers, 0.24 A18-49

    Food Network AM:
    Trisha’s Southern Kitchen again had the highest viewership with 977K while Paula’s Best Dishes was #2 (878K), though just edging it out in the demo (0.24 to 0.23). Pioneer Woman took 3rd in both (813K, 0.22) and Mexican Made Easy was 4th in the demo and 6th in viewers.

  • Barbarossa

    Hopefully Blackwater and/or the Finale will bring Game of thrones over the 4 million mark.

  • DW

    both the killing and mad men are doing really well story wise. i dont like the numbers but they were never going to get walking dead numbers. thats a beast.

  • John A

    Nice Jump for The Client List.

  • John A

    Mad Men really looking bad.

  • Tommy

    I’m starting to get concerned for “The Big C”…

  • xwiseguyx

    Thanks Nick for posting.. I was wondering how Sandwich King was doing since he was a food network star as well as The Pitch, which is an interesting advertising show.

    On another note, does anyone post the Sat Cable Ratings? I really wanted to see how Russell Hantz show Flipping Off on AMC was doing (I saw premiere ratings and they were impressive, but wondering if they held subsequent weeks) Also Meg’s Great Rooms on HGTV which has a Chicago following…

  • Sun Drop Forever!

    mad men falls to 32nd most watched show on sunday, below 5 SVU reruns, spongebob, “very funny news”, and both the TBS and TNT movies of the night. #BetterLuckNextTime

    i’m glad AMC gave Mad Men the budget that should have been Breaking Bad’s and Walking Dead’s.

  • Chris

    Mad Men ran too long. They simply didn’t have enough story to justify such a long run. They’re padding it out. I can understand this is the best job any of them have ever had, and they don’t want it to end, but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY.

  • rob60990

    Nice for The Client List. Mad Men dropping like a rock. :D

  • Liz

    @Sun Drop Forever!

    i’m glad AMC gave Mad Men the budget that should have been Breaking Bad’s and Walking Dead’s.

    Except that’s not the way that TV works. But I assume that you’re not actually too concerned about facts.

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