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Sunday Cable Ratings:'The Walking Dead' Dominates Night, Space Jump, 'Dexter', 'Boardwalk Empire','Homeland,' 'Breaking Amish', & More

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October 16th, 2012

 

The season premiere of The Walking Dead was Sunday's top cable show with a giant 5.8 adults 18-49 rating, up from a 3.8 for the season 2 premiere on October 16, 2011. Thehighest rated non-Walking Dead program was the Space Jump Live special with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

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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)
Walking Dead AMC 9:00 PM 10872 5.8
Walking Dead MARATHON AMC 7:59 PM 4360 2.1
Walking Dead AMC 10:01 PM 3533 1.9
SPACE JUMP LIVE DISC 1:35 PM 4213 1.7
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 3306 1.6
MLB ALCS TBSC 4:00 PM 5040 1.4
BREAKING AMISH TLC 10:00 PM 3214 1.3
TALKING DEAD AMC 11:00 PM 2143 1.2
Walking Dead MARATHON AMC 6:57 PM 2477 1.2
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 9:30 PM 3086 1.1
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 9:00 PM 2967 1.0
Dexter S7 SHO1 9:00 PM 1984 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2354 1.0
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 5:50 PM 2032 0.9
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 6:00 PM 1912 0.9
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:00 PM 2029 0.9
NFL COUNTDOWN           L ESPN 10:00 AM 1871 0.9
WALKING DEAD SNEAK AMC 6:52 PM 1920 0.9
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:00 PM 1510 0.9
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 4:48 PM 1914 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1759 0.8
Boardwalk Empire HBOM 9:02 PM 2191 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 1944 0.8
SECRET AMERICA DISC 2:22 PM 1612 0.7
ROAD TO SPACE JUMP LIVE DISC 11:25 AM 1626 0.7
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 3:47 PM 1600 0.7
Good Luck Charlie DSNY 8:00 PM 3662 0.7
Mythbusters DISC 8:00 PM 1598 0.7
GREATEST EVENT IN TV HIST ADSM 11:30 PM 1679 0.7
INSIDE THE MLB TBSC 7:31 PM 1916 0.7
Shake It Up DSNY 9:00 PM 3879 0.6
WALKING DEAD SNEAK AMC 12:31 PM 1337 0.6
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 10:00 PM 1495 0.6
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 2:39 PM 1487 0.6
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 11:30 PM 995 0.6
HOMELAND S2 SHO1 10:00 PM 1480 0.6
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1799 0.6
AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 8:30 PM 3686 0.6
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 9:00 PM 1649 0.6
FX MOVIE LATE FX 12:00 AM 971 0.6
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 1:38 PM 1265 0.6
WALKING DEAD SNEAK AMC 3:42 PM 1471 0.6
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 11:00 PM 1412 0.6
PLAYING WITH SKULLY DSNY 8:25 AM 2164 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 3:30 PM 2357 0.6
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P DSNY 8:30 AM 2249 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 2:30 PM 1278 0.5
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM ON THE TLC 8:00 PM 1766 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 11:30 PM 1203 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 1168 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1496 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 7:30 PM 2282 0.5
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 12:36 PM 1221 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1661 0.5
WALKING DEAD AMC 12:00 AM 850 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 2059 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 8:00 PM 1561 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 1359 0.5
BREAKING AMISH TLC 7:00 PM 1409 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 1144 0.5
BREAKING AMISH TLC 12:00 AM 1079 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 3:00 PM 2269 0.5
COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE CMDY 9:00 PM 961 0.5
BREAK HBOM 9:59 PM 1336 0.5
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 8:00 AM 2002 0.5
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 11:30 AM 1081 0.5
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1788 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1601 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:30 PM 1438 0.5
BITE SIZE ADV. OF SAM DSNY 8:55 AM 2105 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 12:30 AM 995 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1585 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 2146 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 6:00 PM 1197 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1408 0.5
American Pickers HIST 8:00 PM 1974 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 10:30 PM 1224 0.5
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 11:30 PM 1331 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 10:30 PM 974 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:30 PM 1310 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1555 0.4
CUPCAKE WARS FOOD 8:00 PM 1269 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1526 0.4
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 10:28 AM 857 0.4
Mythbusters DISC 7:00 PM 1072 0.4
American Pickers HIST 7:00 PM 1535 0.4
Iron Chef America FOOD 10:00 PM 1091 0.4
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 12:00 AM 887 0.4
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1621 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1966 0.4
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 6:00 PM 1334 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 12:00 PM 1480 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 11:00 AM 1280 0.4
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 3:00 PM 1309 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TVL 1:00 AM 887 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1739 0.3
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 12:00 PM 1231 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 AM 1303 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:30 AM 926 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:00 AM 980 0.3

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

 
  • Danny

    Can you believe it is very possible the race to be the highest rated show will be a competition between football and a cable show? Its crazy

  • RJ

    AMC will NEVER give The Walking Dead 22 episodes. Cable series never get that many episodes, and it works for them.

  • Chris

    Homeland seems to be the new Mad Men–adored by critics and awards shows, ignored by nearly everyone else.

    I would probably watch it if it were on a basic cable station. Which is more than I can say for anything else on Showtime. But subscribe for just one series? It isn’t that good. I’m happy Claire Danes got back into the spotlight–though technically, HBO got her there, with the Temple Grandin movie, in which she gave a far better performance. Then Showtime moved in for the sloppy seconds, like they always do. :)

  • Shane

    It just goes to show you make a well produced show like The Walking Dead with interesting characters and stories ratings will come.

  • Stefan

    @ Nick
    Any numbers for WWE Main Event on ION (Wednesday)?

  • Poweranimals

    Can we have the numbers for iCarly, Victorious, How to Rock, Big Time Rush, Power Rangers Samurai, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Thanks in advance.

  • richard

    YES! walking dead. and do 19-49 matter at all for dexter since its on a premium?

  • Bluetahoe

    The Walking Dead numbers just blow me away. I enjoy watching the show, but, I don’t consider it as good as it’s Sunday competition.

    Homeland is the best show on TV. I cannot praise this show enough and Claire Danes should be given the Emmy for next year right now. But, Showtime has only two great shows, Dexter and Homeland. I only order Showtime to watch these programs.I can understand the low numbers as people don’t want to order Showtime for just two shows.

  • Jay

    Wow Yankees/Tigers only a 1.4! Jesus! Baseball is dying. This series is like having a Lakers/OKC Conf finals. That series would Avg 5.0 demo. Or Heat/Bulls same thing. To only get a 1.4 with just 5 million viewers is embarrassing.

  • Cobalt Blue

    Skylar: it’s well up over last season’s numbers, so I’d say it made a difference.

  • THE OLD MAN

    Walking Dead takes top 3

    5.8 takes 9:00 & almost all Net offerings for week

    TWD: Beyond “Beast” status

  • richard

    @ danny Can you believe it is very possible the race to be the highest rated show will be a competition between football and a cable show? Its crazy

    no i cant. i was just talking to a friend about this same idea last night. a few years ago i would have never believed a cable show could come anywhere close to #1. and if you told me it would have been an amc show, i just would refuse. the fact that a cable show WILL be the highest rated scripted show, (and also higher than american idol, the voice) and could in theory beat football, is unbelievable, i never thought it would happen

  • richard

    it is INDEED beyond beast status. this is higher than two huge shows (big bang and modern family) so legendary cant even describe it. it is a word that will need to be invented just fo rhtis situation!

  • UKTVFan

    Nick, do you have the number for Copper on BBC America?

  • amadeus

    @nick dont forget to post numbers for teenage mutant ninja turtles, kung fu panda, robit and monster, tuff puppy and power rangers super samurai. All of them from nickelodeon

  • Jay

    5.8 for WD is redunkulous! Anything over 4.0 is amazing for cable but 5.8 is simply incredible.

  • amadeus

    Sorry for mispell it was robot and monster

  • MJDB

    Does anyone have the ratings of Married to Jonas?

  • svsnt021

    @Nick
    How did Sandwich King fared this past Sunday considering that between 9 AM-12PM all of FOOD’s lineup was originals/premieres?

    Also, please post the numbers of $24 in 24 (Sun 6:30 PM,FOOD) and from last night’s 10:30 PM tomorrow when you receive the #s.

    Thank you so much in advance for your great information!!!

  • SarahL

    I cannot believe that The Talking Dead beat Dexter.

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