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Sunday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Win Night, 'Game of Thrones', 'Mad Men', 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Girls', 'Pawn Stars', & More

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May 30th, 2012

The NBA Playoffs Conference Finals were the number one cable program on Sunday night, earning a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Game of Thrones was in second place with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 2.0.

While they're not in the top 1oo for adults 25-54 below  here are two often requested shows:

  • The Killing 0.3 A18-49 rating and 1.312m viewers at 9pm
  • Veep 0.4 A18-49 rating and 831,000 viewers at 10:01pm

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 Sister Wives.

Selected Sunday cable ratings: (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live+SD ) A18-49 Rating. (Live + SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS- CONF FNLS L TNT 8:32 PM 7764 3.4
GAME OF THRONES HBOM 9:04 PM 3384 1.6
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 11:17 PM 3186 1.5
BREAK HBOM 9:57 PM 2651 1.3
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 8:00 PM 2574 1.1
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 1763 0.9
MOVIE, USA USA 5:30 PM 1569 0.8
MOVIE, USA USA 8:30 PM 1893 0.8
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 9:00 PM 2061 0.8
Pawn Stars HIST 10:31 PM 2496 0.7
HISTORY SUNDAY HIST 11:31 PM 2221 0.7
HISTORY SUNDAY HIST 11:01 PM 2287 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 1946 0.7
BREAK HBOM 8:55 PM 1482 0.7
MERMAIDS: BODY FOUND APL 9:00 PM 1960 0.7
MOVIE, USA USA 1:00 PM 1479 0.7
MOVIE, USA USA 11:00 PM 1431 0.7
Pawn Stars HIST 10:01 PM 2291 0.7
Pawn Stars HIST 9:30 PM 2267 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:00 PM 1434 0.7
Pawn Stars HIST 12:01 AM 1854 0.7
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK 10:00 AM 2452 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 2321 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 9:00 PM 2307 0.6
Time Machine HIST 7:00 PM 2110 0.6
FOOD NETWORK STAR 90 FOOD 9:00 PM 2094 0.6
Time Machine HIST 7:30 PM 2053 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 8:00 PM 2229 0.6
South Park CMDY 12:33 AM 1111 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 5:00 PM 2056 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 2508 0.6
TOSH.O CMDY 9:28 PM 1076 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 6:30 PM 2114 0.6
TOSH.O CMDY 9:59 PM 1159 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1452 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 11:00 AM 2434 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 4:30 PM 1846 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 12:31 AM 1610 0.6
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 7:00 PM 1728 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 1:01 AM 1569 0.6
South Park CMDY 12:02 AM 1058 0.6
Mad Men AMC 10:00 PM 2067 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 4:00 PM 1411 0.6
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:35 PM 1165 0.6
American Pickers HIST 2:00 PM 1768 0.6
Sister Wives TLC 9:30 PM 1403 0.6
Sister Wives TLC 11:30 PM 1096 0.6
TOSH.O CMDY 10:29 PM 1029 0.6
MERMAIDS: BODY FOUND APL 11:00 PM 1458 0.6
Criminal Minds AEN 11:01 PM 1454 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 6:00 PM 2037 0.6
PAWN STARS HIST 5:30 PM 2053 0.6
South Park CMDY 11:31 PM 989 0.6
Criminal Minds AEN 9:00 PM 1732 0.5
MOVIE, USA USA 3:00 PM 1161 0.5
T.U.F.F. PUPPY NICK 10:30 AM 2318 0.5
PAWN STARS HIST 1:31 AM 1279 0.5
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 8:00 PM 1454 0.5
MICKEYS MOUSEKERCIZE SHOR DSNY 8:25 AM 1964 0.5
MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY TLC 10:00 PM 1343 0.5
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 1:30 PM 1288 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 4:00 PM 1482 0.5
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:17 PM 990 0.5
American Pickers HIST 3:00 PM 1799 0.5
South Park CMDY 11:00 PM 873 0.5
Sister Wives TLC 9:00 PM 1377 0.5
American Pickers HIST 1:00 PM 1532 0.5
PAWN STARS HIST 2:02 AM 1174 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 10:00 PM 1539 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1577 0.5
MOVIE, USA USA 11:00 AM 1102 0.5
GIRLS HBOM 10:31 PM 868 0.5
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 7:00 PM 1582 0.5
PAWN STARS HIST 4:00 PM 1679 0.5
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 8:01 PM 1210 0.5
MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY TLC 12:00 AM 991 0.5
MRS. EASTWOOD & COMPANY ENT 10:01 PM 964 0.5
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 6:00 PM 1435 0.5
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 5:00 PM 1458 0.5
SISTER WIVES TLC 11:00 PM 1014 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 3:00 PM 1351 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1425 0.4
FALLING SKIES TNT 12:12 AM 968 0.4
American Pickers HIST 12:00 PM 1258 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1411 0.4
Iron Chef America FOOD 10:30 PM 1292 0.4
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 11:00 AM 1095 0.4
MOB WIVES 2 VH1 8:00 PM 920 0.4
DVD ON TV FX 1:00 PM 1109 0.4
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 4:15 PM 1003 0.4
BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK BET 5:00 PM 1241 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 2:00 PM 1250 0.4
HOLMES INSPECTION HGTV 8:00 PM 1162 0.4
GAME OF THRONES HBOM 11:04 PM 863 0.4
FX MOVIE WKND MORNING FX 10:30 AM 992 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1323 0.4
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 11:00 AM 1030 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 12:01 AM 1112 0.4
HOLMES INSPECTION HGTV 9:00 PM 1073 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 6:30 PM 1076 0.3

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

 
  • Harris

    Holiday + Basketball. The GoT finale will be well up from this.

  • Barbarossa

    Wow I thought being the Big battle I though Game of Thrones may have hit 4 mil this week. Hopefully HBO doesn’t look at these numbers and decide not to give them such a budget again.

    I mean it was the long weekend, so hopefully thats all it was

  • Ram510

    Nice that Mad Men is back over 2 million but I wish it was getting better than a .6. Hopefully it can make it back to a 1.0 for the finale because it’s been at its best these past few episodes.

    They should’ve had these episodes at the beginning to get all those extra casual “TWD” viewers to stay

  • Californiadgd

    Next week season finale of GoT will hit series hights, however the last episode was one of the best episodes of tv show ever. :)

  • I Love the Farm

    Alright! Finally, an increase for the POS Mad Man after 9 straight weeks of declines. I’ll drink to that.

    I finally caught a few minutes of the POS Mad Man. I saw some fat creepy auto exec essentially offer his business to the ad agency if he can sleep with Joan (I won’t call her the fat redhead, OK, Liz and SarahL?). Do you people really find this compelling? I mean: philandering, womanizing, drinking, and creepy potential clients happen ALL THE TIME in modern American life. Why do you need a TV show to experience this stuff?

    I don’t hate the POS Mad Man. I just VERY MUCH ENJOYED making fun of it and how commercially mediocre at best it is. I was annoyed by all the haters of The Walking Dead and I had to dish it back out, at somebody. The POS Mad Man was the natural target. I don’t begrudge you your love of your show. But I do think that the success of TWD and shows like Hatfields & McCoys will raise the standards for commercial success by extended basic cable networks like AMC. Yes, I agree the POS Mad Man will run its 7-year course, but I doubt AMC will be able to browbeat cable and satellite operators for higher subscription fee rates by sheer virtue of positive critical response. AMC and other will have to come up with shows that are both quality AND appeal to more than just a few people. And I think people who pay for cable TV deserve not only quality shows but shows they WANT TO WATCH.

  • miles silverberg

    @Coco the Ice Cream Flavor: Maybe HBO shoots itself in the foot inexplicably submitting 3-minute “Breaks” as shows. Whatever the benefit, it bumps the rest of its programs further down the list.

  • Doug

    @ I Love The Farm – get a grip. I didn’t love MM for the first 3 seasons, but I started to really get into the 4th. It’s a soap. A very well done soap, but still a soap. That’s what makes it enjoyable.

    TWD is a POS, if you want to label. I watch the first season, and ducked out a few episodes into the second. Bad acting, mediocre writing, and stalling for time. Were it not for the zombies, there would be no show, which is why I ducked out – no zombies, no interest.

  • Jesse

    Apparently no brain as well.

  • Rocco

    Thanks for Mad Men. Killing numbers, please ?

  • Agnes

    This is the first time Girls is in the Top100 and VEEP is not – normally its is the other way around

  • Bob

    im sure GOT dipped due to the holiday weekend. I usually watch it Sunday night but was away so I caught it Monday night. Since the Series average is usually 3.8, that is most likely the case as the season has gotten better since it started so why bail out now?

    I also noticed that they showed the Episode 2X Monday night so they may have anticipated some sort of drop due to people traveling.

  • I Love the Farm

    Doug: That is the whole point. No zombies, no interest. When AMC cut the TWD budget to pay Matt Weiner for his money-losing Mad Man, TWD lost zombies. TWD could be a much better show with better investment and care by AMC.

    Get a grip yourself, as well as some information.

  • SF

    @bb- The Kardashians lost 40% of their viewership, they’re not getting that back.

    @AustinG – They were renewed weeks ago. Pretty sure E! didn’t anticipate those numbers. Nor did they anticipate the complete failure of Mrs Eastwood.

    @Nick R – So, the entire story is fiction??

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@bb- The Kardashians lost 40% of their viewership, they’re not getting that back.”

    The Kardashians were the #2 non NBA cable show on the night. They’ll be around a very long time at that ratings level.

  • Dennis

    wow….thats the axe down on The Killing for sure now :(

  • Rocco

    Bill: Ouch. Thanks.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Didn’t see the demos yet but The Killing averaged 1.312M viewers at 9pm and Veep averaged 831,000 viewers in its 10:01p telecast.

  • Max

    And this is why VH1 is really stupid.

    The second part of the MOB WIVES reunion bombed and yet and the special airing of MOB WIVES CHICAGO didn’t even make the list. Yet, the network orders a third season of the original and a spin-off with one of its stars.

    Cancel this franchise. It is never going to be THE REAL HOUSEWIVES.

  • I Love the Farm

    I am waiting for Liz aka Charlie Collier to chime in with her “TV programs are financed by magic fairy dust” argument that AMC did not rob Breaking Bad and TWD to pay Matt Weiner’s $30 million deal for the POS Mad Man. She/he usually jumps on the thread immediately to dispute the basic laws of physics.

    Where are you, Liz/Charlie?

  • tatiG

    @SarahL, WOW, People are watching the San Antonio Spurs? Now I’ve seen everything. :)

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