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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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To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

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

 
  • Meanie

    The Walking Dead dominated tv all sunday. I bet AMC is laughing at Dish for not picking them back up

  • CP

    LOL at people who thought Walking Dead would premier lower than last year

  • Steven

  • Chris

    @Bluetahoe–you can’t blame low subscriber #’s for Homeland doing so much worse than Dexter, it’s lead-in.

    I don’t honestly believe Homeland would be a major hit anywhere. It’s one of those shows that appeals mightily to a few, and not at all to most. I watch some of those shows (like Treme, which I think is far superior to what I’ve seen of Homeland), so not meant as a criticism.

    TV has gotten so ‘niche’–there’s a show out there that is just about exactly what you or I want to watch–but the more you like it, the less I may like it. And vice versa. Homeland’s niche includes a lot of critics and Emmy voters. But there’s something missing–some broader appeal.

    Best show on TV, btw–Game of Thrones. Nothing else comes close.

  • Shawn

    Hi guys, what about Treme’s numbers? I never find them here. Thank you.

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ richard

    Not being smart here, but I honestly cannot believe you guys didn’t see this coming! This is your generation pal! There’s even more to come. STAY TOONED…

  • THE OLD MAN

    Shawn, thanks for reminding me about Treme!

  • RMH

    The Beast is Back!

  • J

    Dont forget ben 10 and star wars ratings/viewings for the saturday that just past Nick! PLease and thank you

  • john

    Massively impressed that Wallking Dead was the top three shows on cable Sunday. The overrall strength of the marathon is quite astounding. I am amused that there are people who think you cant be a fan of Walking Dead as well as Homeland, Mad Men or Breaking Bad. A good show is a good show and I trust most discerning viewers are able to understand that.

  • Chris

    john, it’s entirely possible to be a fan of all those shows you mention, but you only have to look at the ratings to know it isn’t the NORM.

    I don’t like to believe that ‘quality’ is entirely subjective, but when it comes to television, you can’t really know how good a show is until long after it’s over. Many shows that were acclaimed as masterpieces in the past are largely forgotten now. Precious little in this medium endures.

    Ratings don’t prove how good a show is, but they sure as hell do prove how many people like watching it.

  • Jon23812

    I don’t think Nick posts Saturday Cable ratings anymore. He hasn’t in the last two weeks.

  • Mike

    Great,action-packed episode of Boardwalk Empire sunday.Though instead of with the shooting of random zombies,it had cleverly written wackings.Full frontals(both male and female) too.What else does it need to go above the 2 million viewers i wonder.

  • TVMAN

    @Chris. The difference between Homeland & Mad Man. Is Mad Man is on a channel that is FREE. Over 50+ mill get A&E. Think it’s different story for ShowTime. Also there prob millions(like me) who watch Homeland online, since I don’t want to pay for ShowTime.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    @Nick or anyone else,
    If you can post the following:
    Tuff Puppy
    Robot and Monster
    TMNT
    iCarly
    Victorious
    BTR
    See Dad Run

    The iCarly and Victorious numbers would be glady appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    All aired on Nickelodeon. From I believe 11 AM – 9 PM?? On Saturday.

  • Q

    from thefutoncritic.com

    select cable nielsen ratings
    (national numbers for saturday, october 13, 2012)

    Here are the highlights of 21 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the cable networks last night, courtesy of TravisYanan:

    MLB ALCS, Game 1 – TBS
    6.847 million viewers, #1; 2.741 million adults 18-49 (2.2 rating), #2

    College Football: South Carolina/LSU – ESPN
    5.978 million viewers, #2; 2.759 million adults 18-49 (2.2 rating), #1

    Victorious (8:30) – Nickelodeon
    3.654 million viewers, #3; 0.770 million adults 18-49 (0.6 rating), #4

    iCarly (8:00) – Nickelodeon
    3.627 million viewers, #4; 0.829 million adults 18-49 (0.7 rating), #3

    Big Time Rush (9:00) – Nickelodeon
    2.770 million viewers, #5; 0.521 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #8

    How to Rock (9:30) – Nickelodeon
    1.971 million viewers, #6; 0.370 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #16

    Too Cute! – Animal Planet
    1.394 million viewers, #7; 0.449 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #12

    The Walking Dead Sneak Peek (10:30) – AMC
    1.276 million viewers, #8; 0.701 million adults 18-49 (0.6 rating), #6

    American Horror House – Syfy
    1.204 million viewers, #9; 0.472 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #11

    Parking Wars (9:00) – A&E
    1.120 million viewers, #10; 0.479 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #10

    Parking Wars (9:30) – A&E
    1.113 million viewers, #11; 0.487 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #9

    Pit Bulls & Parolees (10:00) – Animal Planet
    1.110 million viewers, #12; 0.533 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #7

    College Football (9:00) – ESPN2
    1.059 million viewers, #13; 0.449 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #13

    UFC 153 Preliminaries – FX
    1.038 million viewers, #14; 0.704 million adults 18-49 (0.6 rating), #5

    Billy the Exterminator (10:00) – A&E
    0.958 million viewers, #15; 0.408 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #14

    Billy the Exterminator (10:30) – A&E
    0.921 million viewers, #16; 0.371 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #15

    College Football (5:30) – ESPN2
    0.672 million viewers, #17; 0.272 million adults 18-49 (0.2 rating), #17

    Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s – OWN
    0.649 million viewers, #18; 0.253 million adults 18-49 (0.2 rating), #19

    Iyanla, Fix My Life – OWN
    0.534 million viewers, #19; 0.254 million adults 18-49 (0.2 rating), #18

    Titanic: Blood and Steel (9:00) – Encore
    0.253 million viewers, #20; 0.096 million adults 18-49 (0.1 rating), #20

    Titanic: Blood and Steel (8:00) – Encore
    0.195 million viewers, #21; 0.071 million adults 18-49 (0.1 rating), #21

  • Twist Of Fate

    @Robert @Nick
    Please can we have the numbers for Tuff Puppy, TMNT, Kung Fu Panda, and Robot and Monster. I’m begging for them.

  • Nick

    Saturday:

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)
    -11 AM: 2.797 million viewers, 0.80 A18-49

    Kung Fu Panda (Nickelodeon)
    -11:30 AM: 2.159 million viewers, 0.57 A18-49

    T.U.F.F. Puppy (Nickelodeon)
    -12 PM: 1.816 million viewers, 0.44 A18-49

    Robot and Monster (Nickelodeon)
    -12:30 PM: 1.520 million viewers, 0.34 A18-49

    Power Rangers (Nickelodeon)
    -1 PM: 1.226 million viewers, 0.28 A18-49

    Ben 10: Omniverse (Cartoon Network)
    -9 AM: 1.685 million viewers, 0.45 A18-49

    Star Wars: Clone Wars (Cartoon Network)
    -9:30 AM: 1.749 million viewers, 0.51 A18-49

    WWE Saturday Morning Slam (CW, 10/6)
    -10 AM: 1.236 million viewers, 0.39 A18-49

    Wednesday:

    WWE Main Event (Ion)
    -8 PM: 1.327 million viewers, 0.40 A18-49

  • Nick

    Sunday:

    Copper (BBC America)
    -10 PM: 0.513 million viewers, 0.13 A18-49

    Sandwich King (Food Network)
    -11 AM: 0.771 million viewers, 0.26 A18-49 (#3 in total viewers and #1 in the demo through 5 PM)

    $24 in 24 (Food Network)
    -6:30 PM: 0.734 million viewers, 0.25 A18-49

    Ultimate Spider-Man (Disney XD)
    -11 AM: 0.669 million viewers, 0.19 A18-49

    Avengers (Disney XD)
    -11:31 AM: 0.774 million viewers, 0.28 A18-49

    Winx (Nickelodeon)
    -1 PM: 1.600 million viewers, 0.26 A18-49

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