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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.

 
  • A

    Go Client List.
    Power of Jennifer Love Hewitt – Goddess of Television.

  • Nick

    @xwiseguyx – Flipped Off at 10P on A&E pulled in 680K viewers with a .28 in the A18-49 demo. The 11P airing averaged 522K viewers with a .23 in the demo. Meanwhile, over on HGTV at 9, Meg’s Great Rooms had 652K viewers with a .12 in the demo.

    @Frank12 – Wicked Tuna’s viewership at 10P was 537K with a .22 A18-49 rating.

    @Harpo – Oprah’s Next Chapter brought in 561K viewers at 9P (.13 A18-49).

  • L.L. I Love the Farm

    Holy crap!

    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/93109893/?cmpid=yhoo

    My relentless beatdown of AMC on TVBTN has made it cheap enough to be bought by the Chinese.

  • L.L. I Love the Farm

    Sorry, wrong AMC. The clowns at Yahoo! Finance linked the wrong story to AMCX, http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=amcx. My bad.

  • AC75

    This week’s episode of The Killing was again quite good and although it’s not likely, I would welcome another season. I went back to watching it live and skipped Game of Thrones since every week is the same.

  • Anthony Brown

    @Nick. ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ was new Sunday night. Do you have the ratings for that? (Hope it wasn’t too horrible)

  • Anthony Brown

    Ooops. Sorry Nick. I see it posted now. Thanks as always

  • Steve-A

    @ LL. I’m glad you said it. GoT has been boring and slow moving this season. At least compared to last year.

  • KS

    @Steve-A

    I have read a few pages of the novel and assumed that it would dead boring. But, its not as boring as I once thought. Dany and her dragons are really an interesting part. Jon Snow gets more interesting when they bring out all the creatures in the north of the wall. I don’t know when’s that gonna happen.

    This whole war story is a little bit boring. Especially Robb Stark – that guy is not acting well. Its kinda the same over and over again. In King’s landing its not at all like a War is Coming. Every one’s looking calm and peaceful in King’s Landing. I believe, this is not going well because of lack of budget. Creating a war, requires a lot more budget and also great skill which the writers seem to be lagging.

    Next episode is the most awaited one. So, I am sure, its gonna be interesting. But, I don’t know, where this show would go in in its third season. I hope they concentrate on magic more and bring magic and kings together. Not just Kings Vs Kings, but Kings Vs Magic. That would be awesome.

  • Rick

    @L.L. I Love the Farm , if you weren’t on the defensive so often, you wouldn’t be a bad poster.

    However, your hypocrisy — or your immaturity — allows you to continually bash Mad Men and its followers, apparently because you’re angry that some people don’t like zombies.

    I have no problem with the shows you like, and you make a good case for carrying them and watching them. You turn into a total troll when you start calling everything you don’t like a POS. If you can’t understand what a show like Mad Men does for a cable network, no amount of explaining it will suffice. You come across like a petulant little child who craves attention.

    Of course, I just gave you more attention, which will help make your day. Keep trolling.

  • Barbarossa

    @AC75.
    Watch next episode. I largely agree with your feelings about this season, being a bit boring. But Episode 9 is definitely not more of the same.

    @KS
    Not panicing in king’s Landing. Panicing, no, but I hardly say they’re all happy-fun times and aren’t worried at all. Theres talks of starvation, etc etc.

    Also IUt’s not a magic heavy series, there will be more in future season, but it will always focus more on politics and family than anything else.

  • Kissan

    So glad Shake It Up grew out of its lead-in and got 3 million viewers. And Victorious almost 4 million viewers??? Wow!!!!!!!

  • Ignatius

    Mad Men is gonna get at least another season to wrap things up. Based on its historic legacy, it will get at least that. However, this season has been dark and not very appealing to most viewers. It should end in one more year before it gets much worse.

  • Rick

    Mad Men is getting TWO more seasons. That was announced a LONG time ago.

    This season has been great, and it has not been dark. I’m speaking for myself, but also for fans of Mad Men, one of television’s finest shows of all time.

    This site is not the place for uncovering real fans’ opinions of Mad Men. Check the Mad Men message boards and you’ll get the truth.

  • Jim

    this season has been dark and not very appealing to most viewers.

    What a bunch of nonsense. What did your sample pool consist of? Your own person?

  • Jadine

    Jennifer Love does it again.. 3rd successful show shes been on.. Good for her…

    As for the Killing ..it’s finally getting good but the ratings are horrid.. i hope AMC may give this show another chance.. A news case next season may drive up the ratings..

  • Bob

    im sure HBO made a killing from the DVD/Blu Ray Release of Season 1 of Game of Thrones as well..lets not forget that.

  • Dennis

    I think if The Killings ratings increase when Game of Thrones ends, AMC will renew it and realise that they have it in a bad time slot.
    It should have aired at 10 will Mad Men as a lead in

  • AC75

    It’s difficult to say what AMC thinks of The Killing’s numbers since Mad Men is only a couple points ahead of it. It could probably go either way.

  • L.L. I Love the Farm

    @ Rick

    Pay more attention when you make your attempts at reading. It might improve your comprehension. I wrote that I despise POS Mad Man fans who look down on the zombie genre. That is entirely different from being “angry that some people don’t like zombies”.

    You call Mad Man one of television’s finest shows of all time. I call it a POS. I have not watched a single minute of Mad Man, but from a BY THE NUMBERS perspective, Mad Man truly is a POS. This blog is called “TV by the Numbers”, not “This Show is Great Because I Told You So”.

    Long live The Walking Dead and the zombie genre!

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