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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood' Wins Night, 'Breaking Bad', 'Falling Skies', 'Army Wives', 'The Newsroom', 'Longmire' & More

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July 24th, 2012

 

True Blood was Sunday's number one cable program with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 2.7. Keeping Up With the Kardashians came in second, with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.5.

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

Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
True Blood HBOM 9:02 PM 4463 2.6
BREAK HBOM 9:58 PM 3835 2.0
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 2535 1.4
FALLING SKIES TNT 9:00 PM 3449 1.2
Breaking Bad AMC 10:00 PM 2294 1.2
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 2345 1.2
GOLF: OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP L ESPN 8:00 AM 4227 1.1
FOOD NETWORK STAR FOOD 9:00 PM 2919 1.1
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2204 1.0
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 8:00 PM 2624 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 2229 0.9
Army Wives LIF 10:00 PM 2916 0.9
NEWSROOM, THE HBOM 10:02 PM 1954 0.9
LONGMIRE AEN 10:00 PM 4541 0.9
GLADES, THE AEN 9:00 PM 3184 0.8
BLACK DYNAMITE ADSM 11:30 PM 1890 0.8
FX MOVIE LATE FX 11:00 PM 1571 0.8
SUNDAY BEST 5 BET 8:00 PM 2100 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 3502 0.7
BREAK HBOM 8:52 PM 1371 0.7
Chopped FOOD 10:00 PM 1926 0.7
Chopped FOOD 8:00 PM 2023 0.7
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 5:30 PM 1759 0.7
LEVERAGE TNT 8:00 PM 2627 0.7
NASCAR NATIONWIDE SRS   L ESPN 3:00 PM 2819 0.7
Storage Hunters TRU 10:00 PM 1789 0.6
Drop Dead Diva LIF 9:00 PM 2126 0.6
Ice Road Truckers HIST 9:00 PM 2347 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 2981 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 2:30 PM 1498 0.6
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:00 PM 1227 0.6
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:00 PM 1471 0.6
Criminal Minds AEN 8:00 PM 2035 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:00 PM 1541 0.6
FOP MOVIE FAIRLY ODD BABY NICK 11:00 AM 2911 0.6
STRANGE SEX TLC 10:00 PM 1469 0.6
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2686 0.6
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 9:00 PM 1446 0.6
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2744 0.6
HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE TLC 9:00 PM 1588 0.6
BREAK HBOM 10:55 PM 1149 0.6
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 10:30 PM 1209 0.6
CHEF WANTED FOOD 11:00 PM 1406 0.6
Time Machine HIST 7:30 PM 1904 0.5
UNDERDOG DSNY 8:30 PM 3588 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 9:00 AM 2346 0.5
Time Machine HIST 7:00 PM 1704 0.5
True Blood HBOM 11:02 PM 905 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 6:00 PM 1401 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 7:00 PM 1411 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 5:00 PM 1423 0.5
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 7:57 PM 1752 0.5
VEGAS STRIP TRU 5:30 PM 1383 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2446 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 8:00 PM 1247 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 6:30 PM 1124 0.5
NATIONWIDE SRS CNTDWN   L ESPN 1:55 PM 1849 0.5
DVD ON TV FX 11:30 AM 1105 0.5
TABOO NGC 10:00 PM 1133 0.5
Ancient Aliens HIST 6:00 PM 1431 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2224 0.5
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 2:30 PM 1051 0.5
POLITICAL ANIMALS USA 10:00 PM 2281 0.5
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 6:05 PM 1357 0.5
Storage Hunters TRU 9:00 PM 1478 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2433 0.5
VEGAS STRIP TRU 5:00 PM 1267 0.5
BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 2 DSNY 7:00 PM 3091 0.5
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 2334 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:00 PM 1315 0.5
COMBAT PAWN TRU 10:30 PM 1134 0.5
BREAK HBOM 11:58 PM 813 0.4
MY FIRST PLACE HGTV 1:30 PM 1242 0.4
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:30 PM 1475 0.4
CALL OF THE WILDMAN APL 10:00 PM 1225 0.4
GREAT ESCAPE, THE TNT 10:00 PM 1096 0.4
MY FIRST PLACE HGTV 1:00 PM 1239 0.4
Storage Hunters TRU 9:30 PM 1392 0.4
STRANGE SEX TLC 10:30 PM 1028 0.4
BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK BET 5:30 PM 1165 0.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:18 PM 929 0.4
YARD CRASHERS HGTV 5:00 PM 1150 0.4
CALL OF WILDMAN: MORE LIV APL 10:30 PM 1124 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 4:00 PM 1240 0.4
PROPERTY WARS DISC 1:00 PM 878 0.4
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:00 PM 1296 0.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 11:30 PM 1024 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 5:43 PM 1122 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 6:30 PM 1186 0.4
Hardcore Pawn TRU 7:30 PM 1144 0.4
PROPERTY VIRGINS HGTV 2:00 PM 1166 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:30 AM 1134 0.4
Ice Road Truckers HIST 8:00 PM 1383 0.4
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 3:30 PM 1043 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 12:00 PM 1126 0.4
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 1651 0.4
LONGMIRE AEN 11:01 PM 1430 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:30 PM 1174 0.3
GREAT LAKE WARRIORS HIST 10:01 PM 1203 0.3
FRANKLIN & BASH TNT 8:30 AM 924 0.3

 

 

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

 
  • LJ

    True blood is absolutely terrible right now. This Sunday’s episode was the worst of the entire series. It is not good TV. I will give it the rest of this season, but if it doesn’t improve I think I’ll stop watching. There is a reason total viewership for the Sunday episodes is down 600,000-700,000 viewers from the previous 2 seasons. There is a reason Alan Ball is leaving after this season. The show simply isn’t good anymore. It has run it’s course.

  • A

    @LJ

    There is a reason why it got renewed for season 6. Its ratings are still strong and #1 show for sunday nights for the past 5 years. Every tv show will go down eventually…even if it has good story lines. Thats just the way tv works.

  • LJ

    @A

    The ratings are down 10+% from the previous season. That’s a substantial drop in just one season. I have watched True Blood since the start. The show had me anticipating each new episode for the first 3 seasons. It is not the same anymore. The writing is now lazy and no longer as witty as it once was. I don’t take any joy in saying this. But I’m just saying what I feel. Of course the ratings are still good. Half the audience will tune in just to stare at Alex Skarsgard and the dude who plays Alcide. Another segment is loyal to the show and still watches in hopes that the show will regain it’s former quality(I am in this group, but won’t be if the rest of this season sucks as much as the past couple of episodes).

  • Freddy Arrow

    @Dennis

    “Also….I watched Breaking Bad for the first time ever starting with this season’s premiere last week and thought it was pretty crap. Was is considered a bad episode amongst fans? NOTHING happened”

    Maybe it’s just not your cup of tea, but Breaking Bad is NOT the kind of show you can just pick up in season 5 and really get the full enjoyment out of it. Not understanding what they’ve gone thru to get where there are would take away a lot of what is great about the show.

  • Nick

    More ratings-

    Saturday:

    Beyond the Headlines: An Officer and a Murderer – Lifetime
    1.581 million viewers, #4; 0.582 million adults 18-49 (0.5 rating), #4

    UFC 149 Preliminaries – FX
    1.022 million viewers, #6; 0.645 million adults 18-49 (0.5 rating), #3

    My Cat from Hell – Animal Planet
    0.862 million viewers, #7; 0.295 million adults 18-49 (0.2 rating), #7

    Bad Dog! – Animal Planet
    0.764 million viewers, #8; 0.326 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #6

    Sunday:

    Shark Wranglers – History
    1.203 million viewers, #22; 0.436 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating)

    Mrs. Eastwood & Company (10:00) – E!
    1.133 million viewers, #24; 0.642 million adults 18-49 (0.5 rating), #20

    Gator Boys – Animal Planet
    0.994 million viewers, #27; 0.465 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #26

  • John

    Awesome work, True Blood. What an episode! Breaking Bad, as well, was brill. But seriously, is no one watching Weeds?? It’s the best season in years. Weeds is back for it’s final season FYI those who didnt know!

  • Nick

    Even more ratings:

    Raising Izzie (7 pm, GMC)
    0.3 A18-49, 313,000 viewers

  • Nick

    Ignore my last post, I’m on the wrong day. :-D

  • Mike

    “Dennis
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM
    Also….I watched Breaking Bad for the first time ever starting with this season’s premiere last week and thought it was pretty crap. Was is considered a bad episode amongst fans? NOTHING happened”

    Then your opinion doesn’t count, dude. Anyone commenting that they think a heavily serialized show’s FIFTH season premiere came off as crap, thus disregarding four seasons worth of plot and character development, can disparage the show all they want. But I would argue that the majority of people WHO HAVE ACTUALLY WATCHED THE SHOW, would automatically lack any respect for your opinion.

  • Barbarossa

    fair drop in the Newsrooms total viewers

  • bg

    @NICK

    MLS Saturday’s rating on ESPN?…(I was told 611K viewers for MLS on ESPN) Thanks

  • Nick

    @bg
    That’s all I have. Maybe you’re thinking of the other Nick. He posted on page two of the comments.

  • pondie

    I’m sort of with LJ on True Blood’s quality. It’s still fun to watch but the show obviously isn’t as good as it was for the first couple of seasons. Way too many characters and story lines and the characters are not even likeable. Really sad when you see what Ball was capable of with Six Feet Under.

  • Nadine

    @Barbarossa — I believe Newsroom total viewership is actually up slightly. Not anything major tho.

  • Nadine

    @silvit — are you making this stuff up? Royal Pains did a pretty consistent 1.4 every week and went as high as 1.6. I’m not even going to check out your other stuff.
    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/07/cable-ratings-royal-pains-necessary-roughness-a-one-two-punch-for-usa-franklin-bash-challenge-rivals-much-more/97492/

  • ChrisA

    More people need to see Falling Skies. Sunday episode was awesome.

  • Nick

    @Nadine
    Last week’s Newsroom was about 2.2 million. It’s down about 300K.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Nick: nope.last week Newsroom was 1.94 million so Nadine is correct

  • SoCal

    People, How the hell are u forgetting Sons Of Anarchy? Averaged at least a 1.7 A18-49 for the season

  • Nick

    @bg: yep, that’s corret. 611K viewers and 0.20 A18-49.

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