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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.

 
  • Mary

    Poor Showtime. They pull abysmal numbers.

  • Sun Drop Forever!

    @Liz: AMC caved to Weiner’s $10M demands and tried to crunch Breaking Bad’s finale season as a result (and fired the showrunner of Walking Dead.)

  • Jared

    Sunday nights pretty solid for Lifetime..glad to see The Client List up..

  • KS

    I happened to watch Game of Thrones live this time via TVPC.com. To my surprise, there is not a single advertisement during the show. Then why are these ratings even necessary to them, when there are no ads?

  • SarahL

    It does seem like Jeniffer Love Hewitt has struck a winner with The Client List.

  • Barbarossa

    @KS
    They aren’t. It’s total viewers and barely that, its more plain old subscription that matter to HBo and like channels because as you say they don’t have commercials.

    I think they’ve just become a sort of general measuring stick for all shows, thats by TVBTN and other places use them

  • L.L. I Love the Farm

    Ladies LOVE I Love the Farm. By ladies, I mean Sara Bibel and SarahL. Unfortunately, Amanda Kondolojy does not love me because unlike Sara, she chose to humiliate Veep instead of the POS Mad Man with the “find on page” reference this week. I don’t know why you would choose to pick on HBO when it does just fine, thank you very much.

    Yes, the POS Mad Man did its 9th straight week of SUCK, declining each week from the previous episode. The only thing in which Mad Man does not fail is FAILING. If you love Mad Man, good for you, but the rest of us do enough of our own philandering and drinking to not also need those things vicariously.

    After AMC stock bounced a bit above 42 when I contributed my commentary last week, due primarily to The Walking Dead’s earnings success in 1Q, AMCX is now again below 40. The market knows AMC has nothing compelling “by the numbers” beyond TWD: just trains, a murder mystery that never ends, a meth cook, an ad agency. Zzzzz. Yep, story matters at AMC…stories that matter to no one. AMC better get back to its core competency of pumping out cheap movie reruns and start being nice again to cable and satellite operators or it will choke on its own hubris.

    These TVBTN threads regarding Sunday night cable are dying, with fewer and lamer comments from week to week. Even I cannot get a rise out of people anymore. Am I the only one who thinks it is odd that a paid premium network is allowed to dominate Sunday nights? Shame on AMC for lacking the competency to offer something more compelling than the POS Mad Man on Sunday nights. Extended cable TV viewers deserve better choices.

    Long live The Walking Dead!

  • KS

    @Barbarossa

    Last week or before, I heard an administrator of this website saying that, every income other than the income from ads is very minute.

    How are HBO able to produce, one of the most costliest shows, without earning anything from ads, which are supposed to be the highest money earners?

  • Jay

    I love Julia Louise Dreyfus but every episode of Veep seems to be more of the same.

    Still undecided on Girls. It’s like a quirky indie moving without the heartwarming ending…obviously its a TV series but I don’t feel like it’s really going anywhere…

    Game of Thrones = Awesome. Wish HBO would expand it to 12 eps a season.

  • Barbarossa

    @KS.

    Magic. I honestly don’t know hoew. I know Game of Throne in particularly earned a lot by HBO selling it’s right to overseas channels. But I’ve seen here and else where that HBO doesn’t care if you only watch on HBOGo, Dvr, live or what as long as you keep paying your monthly fee and actually do watch.

    But it does have it’s drawbacks. Like with Game of Thrones which is very costly as you say, even with having to cut several battle scenes, and use the Direwolves and Dragons sparingly to keep CGI costs down

  • L.L. I Love the Farm

    @ Liz

    Um. Investment allocation decisions by AMC, whether it be to allocate production budget to TWD/BB or increase licensing fees to Lion’s Gate for the POS Mad Man, are from the same pool of capital. AMC robbed the brilliant Peter to pay the shitty Paul.

    TV works just like any business. Don’t even try to go there.

  • KS

    I guess, to aim the question at Bill and Robert,

    @Bill and Robert

    Can you answer my question,

    I am re-posting my earlier post

    I happened to watch Game of Thrones live this time via TVPC.com. To my surprise, there is not a single advertisement during the show. Then why are these ratings even necessary to them, when there are no ads?

    Last week or before, I heard you saying that, every income other than the income from ads is very minute.

    How are HBO able to produce, one of the most costliest shows, without earning anything from ads, which are supposed to be the highest money earners?

  • Holly

    @KS,

    Not Robert or Bill…

    HBO is a subscription based network (Showtime is as well). They do not come as part of a cable package but cost around $15 per month each (it varies a bit). While all cable nets get part of the cable/satellite/telco subscription fees, it’s generally less than a dollar and they make up the rest with ad revenue. HBO and Showtime get much more per subscriber and so don’t rely on advertising.

  • SF

    The Client List!! YES!!

  • BrieK

    I think the Killing should end after this season, regardless. Just wrap up the story.

    Mad Men was not good this week. But, I bet it will rebound.

  • chrisss

    @ KS

    Because around 10 million people per week watch Game of Thrones (multiple airings, HBO Go etc) they each pay a monthly subscription fee ($15?)

  • KS

    @Holly

    Do you really think, that’s enough to produce episodes, which costs at least a hundred million dollars each?

  • Holly

    @KS,

    The chances of each episode costing a hundred million is basically zero. The average broadcast show costs around $3 million.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @KS, the episodes don’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars each. But look at it this way (I’m making these numbers up for illustrative purposes) if there are 30 million homes subscribing to HBO who pay on average $15 a month each, and if HBO gets to keep $10 of that (with the other $5 going to the cable and satellite companies) HBO hauls in nearly $4 billion dollars of revenue a year just in subscriptions i.e. it doesn’t include any DVD, or other licensing revenues.

    @Nick: thank you as always!

  • KS

    @Chrisss and Holly

    I heard from a producer of the show that, next episode “Blackwater” costed about $200 million to produce.

    Now I believe, CBS gets more income than HBO, looking at the scenario.

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