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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.

 
  • Tom

    No word on Army Wives’s renewal yet? Do we know if the negociations have already started?

  • Kaylie

    Disney did great!!!!!! ANT Farm has really got to do something. GLC is amazing. Best numbers Ive seen in that 7:30 timeslot since they had Hannah Montana there.

  • MJDB

    Good news about Retired at 35. In an immediate effect, TV Land is moving it to Wednesdays at 11:00 following The Soul Man and The Exes. Remember to watch, TV Land needs to promote the f–k out of it.

  • SarahL

    @Joe

    I erred about .9 being the series high, but I am still glad that Newsroom held on last week’s gains.

  • Dan S

    I’m surprised that Smalltown Security didn’t do better following Breaking Bad. That show was genuinely funny & knew nothing about it before watching BB.

  • Tvcon

    Have to say Newsroom didn’t take as much of a hit as I thought it would have.

  • The End

    @Juanita Carlos

    I agree, personally find the show as interesting as watching paint dry, though saying that is a little harsh on paint as it at least is an interesting thing to do lol.

    Perhaps viewers love women who walk around with 50 layers if makeup and are genuinely fake?

  • peter

    @bg:

    No MLS ratings for Sunday yet. But on Saturday, the MLS game (LA vs Portland) pulled 256,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network. That’s higher than last week’s season high of 151,000 viewers.

  • marsinvestigations1

    Trueblood – 73/100 on metacritic… which puts it fairly high on the critically acclaimed list.

    and huge demo ratings. Not really sure how I’d classify it as unwatchable. ;)

    It might not be your type of show but some people love the campy humor, the social commentary and the bizarre and absurd sexy and violent adventures of these interesting and damaged characters.

  • bb

    Great for the Kardashians, I thought it was a great episode. Its so weird though how no matter what the kardashians get the Eastwoods always stay between 1-1.2 million, I don’t like it but you figured it would go up when the Kardashians do. Great for RHONJ, I love them. My fave Sunday night show, and strong numbers for an episode that wasn’t one of the dramatic ones.

  • kyle

    That Small Town Security was terrible, surprised it was on AMC. It had Tru TV Quality. That is never a complement.

  • david

    What is Very Funny News on TBS? I see that alot on the Sunday and Friday night ratings.

  • peter

    Some sports ratings numbers found on Twitter:

    Sunday ratings: MLS on ESPN (NY vs. Seattle) got 344K.

    Most watched show on NBC Sports Network last week: 435K viewers tuned into part of the Tour de France last Sunday.

    Top six shows on NBCSN last week were Tour de France-related. MLS was the 7th.

    Just 88K viewers tuned in for the Major League Lacrosse game Charlotte-Denver on ESPN2

  • iggy.

    My mistake. Aqua is on Monday’s list at a 0.5. I thought these went overnight and cut off around 6am.

  • Joshua

    Weeds – Showtime
    0.782 million viewers, #33; 0.545 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #29

    Snapped – Oxygen
    0.630 million viewers, #34; 0.324 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #36

    Big Ang – VH1
    0.608 million viewers, #35; 0.423 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #32

    Mob Wives Chicago (8:00) – VH1
    0.575 million viewers, #36; 0.399 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #34

    Oprah’s Next Chapter (10:00) – OWN
    0.438 million viewers, #37; 0.181 million adults 18-49 (0.1 rating), #38

    Episodes – Showtime
    0.417 million viewers, #38; 0.275 million adults 18-49 (0.2 rating), #37

  • Nick

    Yay for The Newsroom.

    @marsinvestigations1

    It might not be your type of show but some people love the campy humor, the social commentary and the bizarre and absurd sexy and violent adventures of these interesting and damaged characters.

    are you talking about True Blood or Keeping up with the Kardashians? lol

  • CCV

    True Blood…”interesting characters”? “Social commentary”? When a show is just about solely centered around who’s-sleeping-with-who, I have a hard time saying it has social relevance–the whole vampire/civil rights/bs it tries to shoehorn in has the subtlety of a Zack Snyder filmed sex scene. TB may be HBO’s highest rated show, but that doesn’t make it good. It will eventually surrender the ratings throne to Game of Thrones (no pun intended), and sooner rather than later.

    None of this is to insult viewers who watch TB, but I see a significant difference between watching something for campy entertainment and accepting it as much, and watching said campy entertainment and convincing oneself it’s a brilliant, socially relevant work of art. In terms of quality (writing, acting, production value, artistic merit, etc.), it is mid-tier HBO at best. Truthfully, it’s more of a Showtime or Starz production.

  • Andrew

    /\ May I recommend you to watch True Blood again, because it seems like the last time you did it was back in 2008.

  • Stan

    Drop Dead Diva season high! yay!

  • joss

    tomorow at emmys hope BB kick their asses

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