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Friday Cable Ratings: Boston News Coverage Dominates + 'Sons of Guns', 'Friday Night SmackDown', 'Da Vinci's Demons' & More

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April 22nd, 2013

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News coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing was the dominating force on Friday, with CNN taking the top spot during the 8PM hour with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. This highest-rated non-news programming was Sons of Guns, which earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

For those looking for information on Da Vinci's Demons, here is some information from Starz about its second-week performance:

* The second episode of the new STARZ Original series, “Da Vinci’s Demons” performed well on its Friday airings, totaling 1.04M Live+SD viewers, down from 1.3M – or just 20% - from the Friday series premiere the week prior.  Friday night viewing was impacted by the ongoing news coverage of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and its aftermath.

* Similarly, for the weekend, “Da Vinci’s Demons” tallied 1.62M Live+SD viewers, off about 25%, from the 2.14M Live+SD reported last week

* Illustrating how current events likely shifted a significant portion of “Da Vinci’s Demons” intended Friday viewing, Saturday/Sunday re-airings of episode 2 outperformed their comparable telecasts for episode 1 by +19%.

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our primary source. If you don't see your show it wasn't in that top 100 list.

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Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Anderson Cooper 360 CNN 8:00 PM 6.78 2.2
PIERS MORGAN LIVE CNN 9:00 PM 5.09 1.8
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 5.19 1.6
Anderson Cooper 360 CNN 10:00 PM 4.23 1.6
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 7.63 1.5
Situation Room CNN 6:00 PM 4.27 1.3
Hannity FOXNC 9:00 PM 6.22 1.3
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 11:00 AM 3.72 1.2
Situation Room CNN 5:00 PM 3.83 1.1
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:00 PM 3.30 1.1
LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN 4:00 PM 3.76 1.1
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 3:00 PM 3.43 1.1
The Fox Report W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:00 PM 5.74 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.44 1.0
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 10:00 AM 3.32 1.0
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 11:00 PM 2.64 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.41 1.0
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 9:00 AM 3.13 0.9
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 3.04 0.9
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 3.12 0.9
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.03 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.82 0.8
PIERS MORGAN LIVE CNN 12:00 AM 2.04 0.8
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 10:00 PM 4.03 0.8
STARTING POINT CNN 8:00 AM 2.37 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.66 0.7
Sons of Guns DISC 9:00 PM 1.76 0.7
AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOXNC 9:00 AM 4.06 0.7
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2.59 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 2.02 0.7
AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOXNC 10:00 AM 3.97 0.6
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 8:00 AM 3.52 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1.23 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:06 AM 1.23 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 1.91 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 6:00 PM 2.53 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2.55 0.6
HAPPENING NOW FOXNC 11:00 AM 3.74 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 1.23 0.6
AMERICA LIVE FOXNC 1:00 PM 3.44 0.6
STARTING POINT CNN 7:00 AM 1.91 0.6
AMERICA LIVE FOXNC 2:00 PM 3.57 0.6
BOSTON BOMBINGS CNN 1:00 AM 1.40 0.6
HAPPENING NOW FOXNC 12:00 PM 3.39 0.6
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 3.80 0.6
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 11:00 PM 2.55 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.40 0.5
SR/BOSTON MARATHON BMBNG FOXNC 5:00 PM 3.52 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1.24 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1.72 0.5
Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC 9:00 PM 2.06 0.5
SR/BOSTON MARATHON BMBNG FOXNC 12:00 AM 1.87 0.5
BLADE BROTHERS DISC 10:00 PM 1.15 0.5
STUDIO B W/S.SMITH FOXNC 3:00 PM 3.29 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1.46 0.5
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (2010) TBSC 9:00 PM 1.12 0.5
YOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO FOXNC 4:00 PM 3.27 0.5
BLADE BROTHERS DISC 10:30 PM 1.01 0.5
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 2.01 0.5
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 7:00 AM 2.61 0.5
EARLY START CNN 6:00 AM 1.38 0.5
FRIENDS TBSC 5:01 PM 0.86 0.5
American Pickers HIST 11:02 PM 1.53 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.09 0.5
LADY AND THE TRAMP DSNY 12:30 PM 1.56 0.4
Sons of Guns DISC 8:00 PM 1.10 0.4
DVD ON TV FX 9:30 PM 1.00 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.25 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 12:01 AM 1.22 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 11:31 PM 1.23 0.4
BOSTON BOMBINGS CNN 2:00 AM 1.10 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1.23 0.4
Sons of Guns DISC 11:00 PM 0.84 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.54 0.4
I FOUND THE GOWN TLC 10:00 PM 1.23 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 10:30 PM 1.29 0.4
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 1.74 0.4
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 10:30 PM 1.11 0.4
AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOXNC 1:00 AM 1.37 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress: ATL TLC 9:30 PM 1.28 0.4
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 10:00 PM 1.17 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 1.06 0.4
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 9:00 PM 0.77 0.4
BOSTON BOMBINGS CNN 3:00 AM 0.95 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 1.01 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.19 0.3
I FOUND THE GOWN TLC 10:30 PM 1.15 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:30 PM 1.00 0.3
Real Time with Bill Maher HBOM 10:00 PM 1.14 0.3
AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOXNC 2:00 AM 1.08 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 10:00 PM 1.24 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 9:00 PM 1.18 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1.12 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 0.78 0.3
Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 1.34 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 0.79 0.3
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1.65 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.31 0.3
Say Yes to the Dress: ATL TLC 9:00 PM 1.03 0.3
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 6:00 AM 1.56 0.3

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  • Nathan

    Ouch, did disney’s premieres get crushed by the Boston coverage?

    Good for Erin & Anderson!

  • Alex_

    what about Da Vinci’s Demons 18-49 rating? Was it lower than 0.3??!!

  • Adrian

    Fan Excuse Bingo, now included in press releases LOL

  • Twist Of Fate

    Im not sure if Disney aired premieres on Friday but if they did Poor Disney. Happy TMNT didn’t have a premiere. Well, it’s getting moved back to SatAM anyway this week. Probably to help lift Monsters vs Aliens. Which BTW, is doing better than I expected. It’s first 3 eps have gotten 3.1, 2.4, & 2.7 in that order so far. Hope TMNT bumps it up

  • Nathan

    @Twist
    Yes, I was surprised that the third episode rised in the ratings, and it was leaded in by a TMNT repeat. Isn’t that weird?

  • Melissa

    @Amanda Kondolojy

    We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our primary source.

    Isn’t this list adults 18-49?

  • Seth

    Da Flopi’s Demons

  • Twist Of Fate

    Well the TMNT repeat scored 2.9 million viewers(it’s about time Nick notices this and gives it a weekday slot). Nick (for once) was actually smart enough to capitalize on TMNT’s huge ratings and put it before MvA to boost it higher. Unfortunately, there have been NO promos yet. All I’ve seen are promos for Sam and Cat, Sanjay and Craig, BTR, & Marvin Marvin(ugh). I find it funny how Nick’s top live-action show(Drake and Josh) has been cancelled for SIX YEARS! #irony

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Wish we got Saturday cable ratings. Might be interesting to see how Orphan Black on BBC America did over its first four episodes. Terrific new sci-fi show.

  • AJ

    People may have been mocking CNN’s Boston coverage but they still watched.

    This just shows that in times of major events (disasters, elections, etc) CNN still dominates.

  • Joe

    Because independents watch CNN. But independents don’t care as much about politics so they don’t watch the news everyday, like liberals and conservatives do. That’s why Fox News and MSNBC do better. Nice to see CNN kick Fox News butt.

  • The End

    Da Vincis Demons playing the ratings limbo, oh dear. May be a case of how long can you go?

  • Ryan Stoppable

    @Joe: Fox News defeated CNN in Total Viewers in the 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 hours. Not exactly a butt-kicking if you ask me…

  • jaybpov

    Da Vinci’s Demons actually did well considering the Boston Bombing news was on all the news channels. I was waiting to watch it but ended up DVR’ing it as I was watching the news coverage.

    For example, O’Reilly Factor reached 7 million viewers when it usually averages under 4 million.

  • The End

    *how long can you go?

    Oh dear. my typos are really costing me here lately. Meant to say ‘How low can you go?’ lol

  • Steve

    @Richard, agree with you- “Orphan Black” is one of the best things on TV right now. A show that really feels like someone planned out the whole story arc ahead of time, and is just pacing it perfectly. And the opening sequence of Saturday’s episode was one of the freakiest scenes I’ve seen on TV in a long time.

  • poweranimals

    How did Jessie, Gravity Falls, and Phineas & Ferb do?

  • beached

    As always, when people want reliable, serious news reporting, they go with CNN over Fox Comedy News.

  • RevengeFan

    The Futon Critic has Gravity falls with 3.16 million viewers, Jessie with 2.94, and Phineas & Ferb with 2.59 million.

  • David

    @melissa

    The list they get is the top 100 in 25-54. They re-sort in order of 18-49 and show those ratings. So if a show is in the top 100 18-49 but not in 25-54, it won’t be on the list.

    @alex

    Starz is premium cable. Advertising demos don’t matter.

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