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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood' Beats 'Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne' + 'Falling Skies', NASCAR, 'Army Wives' & More

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August 14th, 2012

True Blood was Sunday's top cable program with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 2.7 last week. The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne came in second with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

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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 4.491 2.6
COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST CMDY 10:00 PM 2.644 1.4
FALLING SKIES TNT 9:00 PM 3.463 1.3
BREAK HBOM 8:56 PM 2.275 1.3
Breaking Bad AMC 10:00 PM 2.48 1.3
NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN 1:00 PM 4.473 1.2
BREAK HBOM 9:51 PM 2.175 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.696 1.2
Army Wives LIF 10:00 PM 2.971 1.1
SHARK WEEKS IMPOSSIBLE SH DISC 10:02 PM 1.947 1.0
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 2.231 1.0
AIR JAWS APOCALYPSE DISC 9:00 PM 1.83 0.9
Drop Dead Diva LIF 9:00 PM 2.36 0.9
LONGMIRE AEN 10:00 PM 4.336 0.8
NEWSROOM, THE HBOM 10:01 PM 1.838 0.8
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 3.348 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 2.054 0.8
BLACK DYNAMITE ADSM 11:30 PM 1.691 0.8
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 8:00 PM 1.721 0.8
AIR JAWS APOCALYPSE DISC 11:05 PM 1.315 0.7
BREAK HBOM 10:57 PM 1.418 0.7
GLADES, THE AEN 9:00 PM 3.101 0.7
ULTIMATE AIR JAWS DISC 8:00 PM 1.491 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 3.017 0.7
Criminal Minds AEN 6:00 PM 1.67 0.7
TOSH.O CMDY 9:30 PM 1.177 0.7
Storage Hunters TRU 10:00 PM 1.647 0.6
Good Luck Charlie DSNY 8:00 PM 3.715 0.6
Ice Road Truckers HIST 9:00 PM 2.234 0.6
Shake It Up DSNY 8:30 PM 3.837 0.6
LEVERAGE TNT 8:00 PM 2.322 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 3:00 PM 1.329 0.6
Criminal Minds AEN 7:00 PM 1.882 0.6
Time Machine HIST 7:30 PM 1.8 0.6
Hell On Wheels AMC 9:00 PM 2.452 0.6
COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST CMDY 11:39 PM 1.139 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.234 0.6
True Blood HBOM 11:02 PM 1.056 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 6:00 PM 1.312 0.6
DISNEY HAVE-A-LAUGH SHORT DSNY 9:55 AM 2.643 0.6
AIR JAWS II: EVEN HIGHER DISC 6:00 PM 1.339 0.6
SUNDAY BEST 5 BET 8:00 PM 1.749 0.6
HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE TLC 9:00 PM 1.592 0.6
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 1.871 0.6
ROBOT AND MONSTER NICK 11:00 AM 2.469 0.6
Criminal Minds AEN 8:00 PM 1.906 0.6
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 2.098 0.6
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.331 0.6
Time Machine HIST 7:00 PM 1.787 0.6
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 9:30 AM 2.689 0.6
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 8:25 AM 2.093 0.6
MICKEYS MOUSEKERCIZE SHOR DSNY 8:55 AM 2.096 0.6
GREAT WHITE INVASION DISC 5:00 PM 1.194 0.6
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P DSNY 8:30 AM 2.113 0.6
DISNEY HAVE-A-LAUGH SHORT DSNY 9:25 AM 2.674 0.5
Criminal Minds AEN 5:00 PM 1.52 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2.087 0.5
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.039 0.5
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.513 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:15 PM 1.09 0.5
AIR JAWS: SHARKS OF SOUTH DISC 7:00 PM 1.203 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.476 0.5
SHARK WEEKS IMPOSSIBLE SH DISC 12:06 AM 0.916 0.5
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 9:00 AM 2.338 0.5
COMBAT PAWN TRU 10:30 PM 1.038 0.5
American Pickers HIST 10:01 PM 1.638 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 8:00 PM 1.208 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 6:30 PM 1.513 0.5
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 5:30 PM 1.442 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 6:00 PM 1.436 0.5
SUNDAY BEST 5 BET 9:00 PM 1.447 0.5
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 1.54 0.5
POLITICAL ANIMALS USA 10:00 PM 1.981 0.5
Storage Hunters TRU 9:30 PM 1.289 0.5
NCIS USA 3:00 PM 1.578 0.5
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 4:00 PM 1.311 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:30 PM 1.406 0.5
HOW SHARKS HUNT DISC 1:00 PM 0.975 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 6:00 PM 1.16 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 1:30 PM 0.951 0.4
Storage Hunters TRU 9:00 PM 1.265 0.4
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:00 PM 1.221 0.4
CAJUN PAWN STARS HIST 5:00 PM 1.333 0.4
Chopped FOOD 12:00 AM 1.004 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 6:30 PM 1.062 0.4
NFL PRESEASON NFLN 1:30 PM 0.943 0.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 11:00 PM 0.973 0.4
FX MOVIE WKND MORNING FX 9:00 AM 0.981 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 4:00 PM 1.383 0.4
HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE TLC 5:00 PM 1.123 0.4
CAJUN PAWN STARS HIST 3:30 PM 1.018 0.4
GREAT ESCAPE, THE TNT 10:00 PM 0.81 0.4
NCIS USA 1:00 PM 1.309 0.4
NCIS USA 2:00 PM 1.473 0.4
CAJUN PAWN STARS HIST 4:30 PM 1.18 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 4:30 PM 1.03 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 4:00 PM 0.968 0.4
NASCAR SPRINT CUP CNTDN L ESPN 12:00 PM 1.399 0.4
Hell On Wheels MARATHON AMC 8:08 PM 1.555 0.3
LONGMIRE AEN 11:03 PM 1.536 0.3

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

 
  • silvit

    Happy about the flop of The Great Escape. TNT will think twice about going again with the silly and cheap reality route.

    Breaking Bad=1.3
    The Great Escape=0.4

    Sounds promising. :D

  • Brody

    I used to be a big fan of True Blood..now it’s just getting ridiculous. It’s past its prime.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    I think R&M has potential. They just need to promote, promote, promote and not expect it to have a great lead in from the yellow sponge. Seems like the adults love it though!

  • Kissan

    Good Luck Charlie had 3.71 million viewers and Shake It Up grew from it’s lead-in! Almost a season high for SIU. True Blood did good as always but is gettin old and Longmire hit a series high!!!!

  • John A

    Great for Breaking Bad.

  • Jon23812

    Good Luck Charlie and Shake It Up did well. Maybe Disney should air a few episode of A.N.T. Farm on Sundays, to see if it could get a ratings increase.

  • Rocco

    A lot of us must be hitting the remote the second the AMC voice says, a new Small Town Security starts, , , , , , , now

  • Michael

    I am still so disappointed in the ratings for Political Animals. For such a riveting series, the ratings are just abysmal. I was hoping that USA may pick it up for another season next summer but the ratings are very discouraging.

    It’s been a while since we’ve had a good political drama series and while PA definitely falls in that category, its ratings are pretty terrible. It’s not a good sign when a rerun of NCIS as its lead-in outrates an original USA first-run series. The only thing I am holding out hope for is that USA renews it because they think it may pick up some awards and thus gives it a much-needed jolt.

  • John A

    Political Animals is dead. No point discussing a renewel.

  • Chris

    True Blood has had a great season, and the ratings clearly show that. They were wise to stop trying to follow the novels. Hard to say what next season will look like, without Alan Ball as showrunner, but with ratings like this, TB is certain to run at least two more seasons. Hopefully HBO will let it go after that, but it will probably still be their highest-rated show by then.

  • MELVIN

    Yay shake it up and Good luck Charlie did well and also for gravity falls and Jessie on friday

  • Thomas

    Still no news about Army Wives?

  • TimsDale4ever

    I’m glad TB is still doing well although I have to say the storys are hard to follow this year because there are just so many of them. Can’t figure out what Eric and Bill are up too, and what was the point of having gorgeous Meloni on for just 5 episodes? I didn’t get that… and the fairy storyline with Sooki is weird, and that whole smoke ghost was a total waste of time and who would care? And every season it seems that there is a new “head of the vampires” person. One year it was Godbry, then next it’s the one that was buried under the concrete at the construction site — can’t remember his name but God he’s ugly, and now this year it’s Lilith. Too much! They need to keep the show more simple.

  • silvit

    @John A

    No, amazing for Breaking Bad. Tired to death of silly sit-coms, boring procedurals and over the top soaps. A 1.3 for such a “slow” show is something to write home about.

    I expect great ratings for Homeland too. :D

  • peter

    Great for Falling Skies and Breaking Bad.

    Leverage is not doing so well. I think TNT will renew only one show between Leverage and Franklin & Bash.

  • Coffee Steve

    Good for falling skies, good show and much better writing this year too

  • silvit

    @Peter

    Leverage can benefit from its syndication deal, something that F&B can’t. F&B future has more to do with Perception than with Leverage.

  • XYZ

    The Newsroom perking up a bit, good to see…thanks

  • Metangel

    If TNT promoted Leverage as much as they did Falling Skies, the ratings would be through the roof.

  • Dennis

    Great for falling Skies! :)

    It’s a bit of a beast for TNT :)

    Premiered with a 1.5 and is averaging a 1.3 :)

    I wonder if it will increase for the finale?

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