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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood' Beats 'Breaking Bad' Premiere, + 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Very Funny News', 'Real Housewives of New Jersey', 'Falling Skies' & More

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July 17th, 2012

True Blood was Sunday's top cable program with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week. The Breaking Bad premiere came in second with a 1.5 rating, up 34% from last year's premiere.

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 Talking Dead.

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

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
True Blood HBOM 9:04 PM 4.629 2.7
BREAK HBOM 9:55 PM 2.977 1.6
Breaking Bad AMC 10:00 PM 2.931 1.5
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 2.927 1.5
BREAK HBOM 8:56 PM 2.446 1.4
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 8:00 PM 2.415 1.3
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 2.642 1.2
FALLING SKIES TNT 9:00 PM 3.606 1.2
SPRINT CUP RACING/LOUDON TNT 1:00 PM 4.775 1.2
NASCAR POST RACE SHOW TNT 4:04 PM 3.999 1.1
Army Wives LIF 10:00 PM 3.488 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.662 1.1
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 6:00 PM 2.884 1.0
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 3.028 0.9
Ice Road Truckers HIST 9:00 PM 3.020 0.9
MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND DISC 11:00 PM 1.930 0.9
MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND DISC 9:00 PM 2.423 0.9
NEWSROOM, THE HBOM 10:01 PM 1.940 0.9
Drop Dead Diva LIF 9:00 PM 2.553 0.9
Storage Hunters TRU 10:00 PM 2.212 0.8
LEVERAGE TNT 8:00 PM 3.387 0.8
FOOD NETWORK STAR FOOD 9:00 PM 2.605 0.8
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 4:00 PM 2.168 0.8
LONGMIRE AEN 10:00 PM 4.452 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 2.065 0.8
Time Machine HIST 7:00 PM 2.267 0.8
GLADES, THE AEN 9:00 PM 3.379 0.8
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 5:30 PM 2.185 0.7
Time Machine HIST 7:30 PM 2.284 0.7
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:15 PM 1.472 0.7
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 2.619 0.7
BLACK DYNAMITE ADSM 11:30 PM 1.697 0.7
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 6:00 PM 1.130 0.7
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2.580 0.7
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 2.614 0.7
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:00 PM 1.494 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:00 PM 1.966 0.6
True Blood HBOM 11:08 PM 1.158 0.6
BREAK HBOM 10:59 PM 1.348 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 2:00 PM 1.702 0.6
DVD ON TV FX 11:30 AM 1.513 0.6
NCIS USA 2:00 PM 2.227 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:30 PM 1.584 0.6
Storage Hunters TRU 9:30 PM 1.574 0.6
MRS. EASTWOOD & COMPANY ENT 10:00 PM 1.195 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:00 PM 1.571 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 7:00 PM 1.631 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 7:30 PM 1.650 0.6
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.824 0.6
Shake It Up DSNY 8:30 PM 3.926 0.5
Good Luck Charlie DSNY 7:30 PM 3.575 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 6:00 PM 1.463 0.5
JESSIE DSNY 9:30 PM 3.866 0.5
MUSIC VIDEO DSNY 9:25 PM 3.925 0.5
AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 8:00 PM 3.522 0.5
NCIS USA 3:00 PM 2.099 0.5
IN TIME HBOM 7:07 PM 1.110 0.5
COMBAT PAWN TRU 10:30 PM 1.279 0.5
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 12:00 AM 0.963 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.552 0.5
Storage Hunters TRU 9:00 PM 1.546 0.5
POLITICAL ANIMALS USA 10:00 PM 2.624 0.5
NCIS USA 1:00 PM 1.878 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 8:00 PM 1.826 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 7:00 PM 1.540 0.5
SMALL TOWN SECURITY AMC 11:00 PM 1.018 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 5:00 PM 1.622 0.5
HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE TLC 9:00 PM 1.411 0.5
TBS SUNDAY MORNING MOVIE TBSC 11:00 AM 0.958 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 5:00 PM 1.368 0.5
3 DAYS TO OPEN FOOD 10:00 PM 1.389 0.5
SUNDAY BEST 5 BET 9:00 PM 1.428 0.5
BREAK HBOM 11:59 PM 0.929 0.5
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:52 PM 0.955 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.597 0.5
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 3:30 PM 1.453 0.5
Auction Kings DISC 11:30 AM 1.146 0.5
SUNDAY BEST 5 BET 8:00 PM 1.323 0.5
GREAT ESCAPE, THE TNT 10:00 PM 1.160 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 6:30 PM 1.444 0.5
A.N.T.  FARM DSNY 9:00 PM 3.721 0.5
HISTORY SUNDAY HIST 11:01 PM 1.251 0.5
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 6:30 PM 1.444 0.5
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 7:58 PM 1.792 0.5
Storage Hunters TRU 3:30 PM 1.123 0.5
Ice Road Truckers HIST 8:00 PM 1.493 0.5
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 5:30 PM 1.437 0.5
Auction Kings DISC 12:30 PM 1.174 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1.515 0.4
Auction Kings DISC 12:00 PM 1.142 0.4
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 6:00 PM 1.383 0.4
CUPCAKE WARS FOOD 8:00 PM 1.268 0.4
CALL OF THE WILDMAN APL 10:00 PM 1.198 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 2:30 PM 1.218 0.4
NASCAR PRE-RACE SHOW TNT 12:00 PM 1.374 0.4
LEVERAGE TNT 4:30 PM 1.392 0.4
Swamp People HIST 4:00 PM 1.230 0.4
AMC PREMIERE EVENT AMC 8:00 PM 0.970 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1.315 0.4
LONGMIRE AEN 11:01 PM 1.501 0.3

 

 

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

 
  • RHONJd

    Disney!!

  • disney rocks

    Great for Disney! GLC did amazing for being in a death slot with little promotion and already being available online! GLC is a great show! Shake It Up and Austin and Ally did great! Go Disney!

  • disney rocks

    Is that good for Leverage?

  • whit

    season high of drop dead diva and wow true blood rerun

  • truebloodlover27

    YAY True Blood Went Up!!! and Breaking Bad did Great too!!! Sundays are the best with these 2 amazing shows :)

  • Mick

    Nick…can we trouble you for OWN’s numbers for these two first-run shows on Sunday night?

    Much appreciated.
    —————-
    9pm…..Oprah Builds A Network (Part2)
    10pm….David Copperfield

  • disney rocks

    @Mick, Nick hasn’t been posting ratings here lately, i guess he may have been working for nielsen and got in trouble for posting so much extra ratings to the public

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I’m pretty sure Nick doesn’t work for Nielsen, probable causes:

    1. he’s on vacation/taking some time off
    2. you guys pestered him too much, often for wacky stuff (c’mon, asking for performance of Disney & Nick REPEATS. Repeats!! Seriously!? Shame on you!)

    He seems like a pretty nice guy, so I’m guessing it’s 1. If I remember correctly, he vanished for a while last summer too.

  • William

    Good for The Glades, love that show

  • John A

    Why point out True Blood beat Breaking Bad in headline? We knew True Blood would win anyway.

  • RHONJd

    Go Real Housewives of New Jersey! Next week’s episode with Kathy vs. Teresa wil do better for sure!

  • Kay

    Yay for True Blood going back up.

  • mArS

    Not that I care, but there are no Talking Dead ratings (see article text or tags)

  • Davis

    ‘Breaking Bad’ most overrated show on tv

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    @Robert I’m going with #1 too, lol.

  • Ram510

    Nice to see Black Dynamite start fairly well.

    Sad that Political Animals couldn’t beat Common Law. PA is a waaaay better show than CL. It deserves at least twice the ratings it’s getting now. I guess all I can hope for now is that PA goes up from here

  • DougF

    @disney rocks

    oh ya.

    Episodes 11-18 (Nov-Jan) last season ranged between 1.83 and 2.55. 2.55 was the season finale.

    In terms of overall viewers

    Only two episodes did better than this episode last season. The Premier & The Van Gough Job

    So in terms of Overall Viewers I would say it is good.

  • Richie

    Robert Seidman I agree with you

  • Walt

    @Davis – Troll!

  • MELVIN

    Yay Disney channel

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