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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.

 
  • DougF

    @Davis

    ha ha ha. I needed a laugh.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    Really good for Keeping Up. I only saw the first 10 minutes of the episode and got bored. Hope this Sunday’s new episode is better.

  • MELVIN

    Yay Disney channel so ant farm did better on Sunday than Friday, what’s going on

  • RHONJd

    I guess it’s official: Mob Wives Chicago is dead. R.I.P. Chicago Mob Wives.
    And clearly Big Ang will be canceled. R.I.P. Big Ang

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    ANT 3.7 million. Better than its new episode, which aired Friday. Shocker..?

  • AppleStinx

    It feels like more people are watching cable on Sundays this Summer compared to the last one. Food Network Star used to be in the top 5 or 10 with the kind of ratings they’re getting now.
    I just saw the pictures of the 4 finalists. The contestant with a nose ring is still there. Another finalist looks like a younger version of last year’s champ. And another, I wouldn’t let him come close to my food. This year’s batch tastes really bad.

  • KarenM

    Leverage should’ve died after the first season. It’s just horrid. I’m still watching FS but those aren’t great ratings. USA IS in trouble. The writing on all their dramas is the worst of any network IMO.

  • A

    There is just no going back with True Blood. It always delivers and never disappoints. Go True Blood!

  • Jon23812

    Great ratings for Disney. Also, Good Luck Charlie didn’t air on a death slot, it aired on prime time.

  • Pat

    @KarenM

    those shows are on TNT, not USA. USA has arguably the second-best writing on cable, after AMC.

  • KarenM

    @Pat, maybe BN but USA isn’t known for their standout writing. TNT’s a little better.

  • Jenna

    Wow…can’t get over how far down the list Political Animals is for it’s premiere. Ouch…

  • TimsDale4ever

    I love that TB has been successful in all of its run, but does it matter? It’s on a no commerical channel. ????

  • joss

    good for TB & BB lol at Leverage …expect so much more..

  • bg

    @Robert @ Nick

    Any numbers for MLS Game of the Week on ESPN this past Sunday (Seattle vs. New york)? Thank you…

  • Jon23812

    @Tims, it does matter. Would you spend money on a show if it had low ratings?

  • iggy.

    No Aqua on the list. I wouldn’t have known it was back if I didn’t comb through the listings last week.

  • Jerf

    Leverage was even with last season’s finale.

  • Dillan

    Really good for the Kardashians. I really didn’t like the episode, but glad the show is still strong!

    Good for Falling Skies, the show gets better and better every week!

  • John

    Can someone tell me what Break is at the top of the list? I’ve never heard of it before.

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