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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.

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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.

 
  • Steve-A

    @Jon23812 Possibly. There are other markts besides the US that money can be made. And if the show gets other recognition like Emmys and whatnot, it may be worth it.

  • TheKillingRocks!

    @John….Break is a new show HBO is running in between the monster hits True Blood and The Newsroom…it only last like 4 mins..but it’s doing pretty well all things considered :) just kidding…break = space between shows!

  • tiffany

    what are the empire girls ratings on sunday and tia and tiamera ratings on mondays

  • Dan

    In its 5th season that is really not that bad for Leverage. I loved the premiere looking forward to the rest of the season.

  • David

    These adults that are obsessed with kid shows are taking over the comments more and more. I watch Victorious (because of Victoria Justice) and Jessie (because of Debby Ryan), but I could not careless are their network’s ratings.

  • The End

    Won’t be long till he appears, would make a good ratings picture for Sunday soon as no doubt people will be speaking about his appearance.

  • Dennis

    Falling Skies is steady is a rock :)

    Roll on season 3 !!

  • The End

    @David

    Lol I find it strange in a creepy kind of way, but then again I’m not typically judgemental of others and just assumed they were younger followers of this website, as in under 18.

    Anyway, good on Longmire for keeping steady, the show just screams potential and it wouldn’t surprise me if it hit over 5 mill.

  • Kissan

    True bloods goin down next week against the bachelorette season finale and the teen choice awards.

  • Dennis

    Weeds / Episodes ratings?

  • Vh1

    @Robert

    Any rating on Mob Wives Chicago and Big Ang

  • Nadine

    It’s got to be real daunting for USA to spend a fortune for the actors and production of Political Animal and have it get 5/12 of the demo of cheap dog food like the real housewives of NJ. I assume, because it’s a mini-series, they’re factoring in a lot of packaging down the line.

  • SarahL

    Kudos to Newsroom for holding its series high demo.

  • Polar Bear

    Disney doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as.

    Breaking Bad.

  • Juanita_Carlos

    So very sad for the culture that the Kardashians still get good ratings.

  • Mike

    No way is the number for “Leverage” accurate…over 3 mil watched and .8 in the demo? That doesn’t add up.

  • Joe

    @SarahL

    Newsroom had a 1.0 for its premiere. It’s not a series high in the demo. And people say that TB and Newsroom aren’t compatible but there is no question that the huge TB lead in helps Newsroom. Remember how much better Hung did when it had TB as its lead in. And Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • Roger

    True Blood is AWFUL and completely UNWATCHABLE!!

    Why is this show so popular?????????

  • Richie

    @Juanita_Carlos I agree wtf is wrong with people

  • Jared

    Great numbers for RHONJ…the BRAVO audience is extremely loyal to the Jersey girls.

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