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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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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.

 
  • Irish Townie

    Brakin Bad is in a class by itself…walter white rules baby….or should I say dr watley

  • Steve-A

    @CCV. Like a lot of HBO shows, sex is front and center because it’s HBO and they can do it. But a true blood has entered its fifth season. Sex is not the main focus or even a focus. True blood is watchable to most is because it’s fun, funny, and interesting. Maybe it will give way to GoT, but that’s not likely to happen. GoT is too complicated for most to get into.

  • Stay

    Oh, marsinvestigations1, you actually made me laugh out loud when you said that True Blood has social commentary. I’m with CCTV (and I’ve been watching the whole way through), there is no social commentary. IT tries to pretend it has some, but there is no substance or follow through. Just own the fact that it is campy fun.

    And lol at the people getting so excited that it went up a point. Oh to be a True Blood megafan, you all must be so easily amused.

  • Joe

    A lot of people are pissed of that True Blood is a huge hit. Especially GOT fans. They can’t handle that more people watch TB. Who cares. They both do extremely well. Get a life people.

  • CCV

    I’m not upset at True Blood doing well…I LOVE HBO, and anytime HBO does well I’m pleased. There is so much horrible programming on network and basic cable that, even though I do not look at True Blood as a top tier show, it’s better than 90% of everything else on television. I categorize it along the lines of shows like Falling Skies and The Tudors, which is a more apt comparison–a decent “good” show with pseudo-intellectual aims that’s more worth watching than most shows, but nothing that will last beyond it’s own expiration date.

    Neither am I surprised or bothered that TB rates higher than GoT (as of this moment). TB is aimed at a broader audience, while GoT is willing to alienate viewers who don’t want to have to pay attention to the dense levels of detail. It’s the same reason The Wire was always in danger of being cancelled, and THAT show is the greatest achievement in television history. GoT is not The Wire, of course, but it has had a strong start, and it’s headed in the right direction. The same can be said for Boardwalk Empire, after a pretty good first season and a masterful second. I’d rather watch a meticulously crafted story that demands my attention and makes me think about the nuances and implications of events in the days between episodes than one that I don’t have to really invest myself in.

    This is not to say that such shows cannot be good. It’s Always Sunny and Curb Your Enthusiasm are examples of shows that don’t really demand much out of the audience, except knowledge of in-jokes and references, but are great nonetheless, and I love them. True Blood’s main draw is the sex and the soap opera relationships, which is fine, but not something that will hold my attention for an entire season.

  • shelly

    where are the ratings for big ang on vh1..is it a flop

  • Mike

    Really enjoyed political animals, hope it still gets a season order, Sebastian Stan, James Wolk, Weaver all continue to impress. If this doesn’t work out, they really should make Stan a regular on OUAT.

  • Trevor

    Yeah, weird ANT FARM got 2.9 Friday for the premiere of a new episode and then the re-run on Sunday got over 3.7 million viewers. What this proves is that too much emphasis is put on the initial ratings – kids watch the shows on Disney when they want – they get re-run tons and kids also watch on their phones or thru iTunes, etc.

  • pirate1303

    Political Animals is the worst written show on tv-the sub plots with the homo, duggie son are as bad as the other son overacting ad throwing tantrums-the drunk grandmother & bulimic finance top the cake-

    Bud is great Elaine, controlled won’t be a round past 6 wakes-

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