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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.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @KS, either what you read is completely wrong or you misread it.

  • Frank12

    Anyone know what the ratings for Wicked Tuna were on National Geographic Channel? 10pm Sunday night? Thanks.

  • KS

    Did I get the numbers wrong? Wait I will check the interview again.

  • Freddy Arrow

    @KS

    “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?”

    HBO (like Showtime and Starz) is a premium channel. Their subscribers pay around $180 a year to get HBO. Multiple that by 25M subscribers, and that’s a lot of money they’re making.

    Even if Game of Thrones costs $100M a year to make, they only need about 550,000 people to subscribe for Game Of Thrones to cover the cost. This assumes they make most of the $15 a month that it costs to get HBO, which I have no idea if that’s correct.

  • Weez

    @ KS

    http://videonuze.com/article/video-interview-hbo-co-president-eric-kessler-at-videoschmooze

    Watch the video at the link for information on how HBO operates. It’s a pretty great interview, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

    As for the ratings: Girls & Veep both seem to be doing well for HBO comedies, and both should see some increased recognition come awards season, so I’m glad they’ve been renewed for a second season. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed them, for that matter.

    Game of Thrones continues to be the best thing on television, second only to Breaking Bad (which AMC has decided to screw over by airing only half of the 16 episode “final” season this summer, with the “second half” airing in the summer of 2013), and while Mad Men has been just as good as it’s ever been this season, it all feels so familiar that I’m not finding myself as involved as I was with the third and fourth seasons.

    Showtime… Well, they’re hanging in there (sort of). And I may have missed it, but does anyone know how Magic City is doing on Starz? I just recently caught up on it, and despite a shaky pilot and second episode, it’s been pretty damned good so I hope it gets renewed.

    @ L.L. I Love the Farm

    Your commitment is admirable, however Breaking Bad should in no way be included among AMC’s blunders. Hell on Wheels, The Killing, and The Walking Dead are all pretty bad shows, but at least latter brings in the numbers and is entertaining enough for what it is. Breaking Bad, on the other hand, is boss-mode and deserves every bit of praise it receives, even if it doesn’t pull in the best ratings.

  • KS

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/05/20/game-of-thrones-blackwater/

    This is the interview from the producers from EW.com. But, I can’t find the amount of Money spent on Episode, in this three page long interview. But, I certainly remember seeing a very huge figure yesterday.

  • Anthony

    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.

    It’s been documented, that the pilot cost between 5 and 10 million to produce, and the ENTIRE first season cost between 50 and 60 million. There is no way that they are spending anywhere close to 200 million on one episode. That would make it almost as expensive as The Avengers. Your source is wrong.

  • KS

    @Weez

    Thanks for the link.

    Game of Thrones is truly awesome now. Its rich and great action, especially from the sexy lady playing Cersei Lannister and the guy playing Tyrion Lannister. But I want all this king fight to end soon and the real “magic” begin and come to Westros. Want to know more about Wildlings, Dead Walkers. Can’t really wait to see what happens when dragons grow up.

    Am I the only one wishing for more magic and action on Game of Thrones or are there many out there?

  • Anthony

    @KS

    I found the part you were talking about.

    As we’ve mentioned before, we went pleading to HBO for more money. We made our case why we needed the battle and they obliged. That allowed us to do a battle. It did not allow us to do the battle from A Clash of Kings. It would be difficult for a $200 million feature to do justice to the battle from the book. We didn’t have a chance; there just wasn’t enough time on the schedule or money in the budget (even after our Blackwater bonus).

    They said they had to drop a part of the scene they wanted due to budget and gave an example that it would be difficult to film that scene properly without a 200 million dollar budget.

  • Harpo

    Oprah’s next chapter ratings! Someone.

  • KS

    @Anthony

    I believe it’s wrong.

    Just check this link, in the third page, they used something about $200. I didn’t really get what he is trying to say. Check the third page. May be I misread that.

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/05/20/game-of-thrones-blackwater/

  • KS

    @Anthony

    Excuse my poor English understanding skills. English is not my native language.

  • SV

    @Nick
    Thanks so much as always, Nick for your great info!!! Great deal of appreciation!!!

  • Sue

    The Killing jumped quite a bit this week. It’s such a well-acted show, but maybe not one for the masses.

  • RJ

    Mrs. Eastwood and Company BOMBED. Pull the plug early, E!.

  • John

    Yah! Young Justice ROCKS!

  • Mark Wilkins

    I love Game of Thrones, its too bad its ratings are close to the kind of garbage that put up 1.5 and 1.3

  • L.L. I Love the Farm

    @ Weez

    I will VERY GLADLY take back including Breaking Bad in my criticism of AMC. We are actually looking forward to catching up on the entire series on Netflix. I merely included BB for ranting effect. ;)

    And to be clear, I do not think television should be managed strictly by the numbers. Truly great shows deserve to be on, however little their audience might be. Television is an art form as well as a business. But I really despise those POS Mad Man fans who look down on the zombie genre or the vast majority of mankind who are not so impressionable as to be taken in by POS Mad Man superficiality and hype.

    PS: Special thanks to KS for making today’s TVBTN comments lively, and for the heads-up on a reliable illegal streaming Web site, TVPC.com. It’s amazing how HBO can possibly make money on GoT when you can watch it illegally for free!

  • lando

    Everyone needs to stop with Breaking Bad/Walking Dead vs Mad Men. Remember AMC’s tagline: Story Matters Here! Mad Men is a great show with great story lines, winning the Primetime Emmy four times in a row. They are all amazing shows with fantastic characters and stories. They are on the same network. That is all!

  • L.L. I Love the Farm

    @ lando

    “They are on the same network” is EXACTLY the problem. AMC is a relatively small independent media company (market cap < $3B) with a very limited pool of capital. When AMC hamstrings Breaking Bad and TWD for the benefit of the POS Mad Man, and the POS Mad Man cannot carry its own jock and fails to deliver economic results, as we have seen the last ten weeks, then it is not only a horrible business decision but something that literally takes away from BB and TWD fans.

    BB, TWD, and the POS Mad Man are not on the "same team". Get that out of your head. They compete for resources and one of the three has robbed from the other two. It's FAIL for AMC and FAIL for extended basic cable subscribers. The only ones who benefitted are Matt Weiner, Jon Hamm, and a dozen diehard POS Mad Man fans.

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