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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'BET Awards' Wins Night + 'True Blood', 'Dexter', 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Falling Skies' & More

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July 2nd, 2013

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The BET Awards was the number one show on cable Sunday, earning a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.  True Blood was second with a 2.2  adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Dexter
earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating for its season 8 premiere. Your Predictions were too optimistic.

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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)
BET AWARDS SHOW BET 8:00 PM 7.771 3.4
True Blood HBOM 9:02 PM 3.936 2.2
BET AWARDS 13 AFTERPARTY BET 11:39 PM 3.730 1.7
BREAK HBOM 9:59 PM 2.560 1.3
Dexter S8 SHO1 9:06 PM 2.484 1.2
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 2.343 1.1
BET AWARDS 13 PRESHOW BET 6:00 PM 2.572 1.1
FALLING SKIES TNT 10:00 PM 3.217 1.1
SPRINT CUP RACING/KNTUCKY TNT 12:00 PM 3.984 1.0
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:00 PM 2.195 1.0
NASCAR POST RACE SHOW TNT 3:31 PM 3.730 1.0
CONFED. CUP SOCCER     L ESPN 5:30 PM 1.952 1.0
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2.260 0.9
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:01 PM 2.136 0.9
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 9:00 PM 3.263 0.9
BREAK HBOM 8:56 PM 1.706 0.9
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 7:30 PM 2.197 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 1.786 0.8
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 7:00 PM 2.440 0.8
BREAKING AMISH: BRAVE NEW TLC 10:00 PM 2.069 0.8
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 2.800 0.8
SUNDAY BEST 6 SNEAK BET 12:39 AM 1.733 0.8
FOOD NETWORK STAR 9 FOOD 9:00 PM 2.422 0.8
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2.495 0.8
BOBS Burgers ADSM 11:00 PM 1.558 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:30 PM 1.826 0.7
NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 10:00 PM 1.707 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 1.611 0.7
Ice Road Truckers HIST 10:00 PM 2.456 0.7
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 8:56 PM 1.559 0.7
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 7:00 PM 1.709 0.7
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 8:00 PM 1.569 0.7
Venture Brothers ADSM 12:00 AM 1.311 0.7
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1.385 0.7
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 2.702 0.6
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 7:30 PM 1.963 0.6
DEVIOUS MAIDS LIF 10:00 PM 2.086 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 2.670 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:06 AM 1.390 0.6
Drop Dead Diva LIF 9:00 PM 2.141 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 1.642 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:00 PM 1.713 0.6
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 9:00 PM 1.992 0.6
Cleveland Show, THE ADSM 10:00 PM 1.449 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 3:00 PM 1.391 0.6
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 2.502 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.269 0.6
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.487 0.6
GABRIEL IGLESIAS: ALOHA CMDY 8:32 PM 1.259 0.6
REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOO BET 2:00 AM 1.253 0.6
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 4:59 PM 1.653 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:00 PM 1.508 0.6
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 8:00 PM 2.061 0.6
REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOO BET 2:30 AM 1.159 0.6
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:23 PM 1.145 0.6
REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOO BET 1:32 AM 1.255 0.5
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.836 0.5
Iron Chef America FOOD 10:00 PM 1.434 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 1.083 0.5
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 3:44 PM 1.666 0.5
NCIS USA 3:00 PM 2.235 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.644 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 9:00 PM 1.596 0.5
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 8:00 PM 1.777 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2.329 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:00 PM 0.926 0.5
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 6:30 PM 1.130 0.5
RAY DONNOVAN S1 SHO1 10:00 PM 1.350 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1.569 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1.564 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:30 PM 1.186 0.5
NCIS USA 1:00 PM 1.869 0.4
Storage Hunters TRU 10:00 PM 1.398 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.439 0.4
Swamp People HIST 11:02 PM 1.292 0.4
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 11:01 PM 1.105 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:00 PM 1.558 0.4
NCIS USA 2:00 PM 2.035 0.4
NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 11:00 PM 1.105 0.4
KILLING AMC 9:00 PM 1.366 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 1.400 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 10:30 PM 1.551 0.4
UNTOLD STORIES OF THE E.R TLC 5:00 PM 1.173 0.4
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 4:00 PM 1.134 0.4
Lizard Lick Towing TRU 6:30 PM 1.147 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE IV LIF 8:00 PM 1.354 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.439 0.4
FALLING SKIES TNT 11:00 PM 1.177 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:30 PM 1.537 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 7:30 PM 1.283 0.4
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 4:30 PM 1.040 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:44 AM 1.325 0.4
HGTV STAR HGTV 8:00 PM 1.764 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:00 PM 0.957 0.4
FAST N LOUD DISC 5:00 PM 0.937 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 2:00 PM 1.114 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1.291 0.3
CALL OF THE WILDMAN APL 9:00 PM 1.193 0.3
Lizard Lick Towing TRU 5:00 PM 1.174 0.3

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To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Andies

    Way to much competition on Sunday. I don’t know why they put the killing back on sunday. I am a fan of dexter and since it’s the finally season I watched it instead. They should have changed the killing air date to Monday or Tuesday.. less completion. Bates Motel did just fine on Monday with no direct competition

  • Juan

    If you think the vast majority of HBO subscribers fall outside of the 18-49 demog, you are dumber than I thought. It wasn’t Variety that reported on the cum avg in May. That was Hollywood Reporter.

    HR: The growth puts Game of Thrones in a very good position to move into True Blood’s previously unchallenged status as HBO’s top performer. It’s current cum avg puts it at 13.4m up from 11.6m a yr ago. (9:06 AM PDT 4/30/2013)

    It had not yet done that with 13.4m so True Blood’s best had to be higher. GoT eclipsed it finishing with a 13.6m avg of which over 861k came from GO.

  • samurai99

    @Juan

    I don’t know why you want to defend true blood with such obvious lies. Everyone knows pay cable doesn’t care about demo, just total viewers.

    Try the vulture article from June 6th reporting game of thrones season average is 13.6 million higher than any hbo show other than the sopranos. Just type in ‘game of thrones 13.6′ into google to find it. That proves game of thrones has had multiple episodes that beat true bloods peak.

  • LJ

    They were waiting for the full season average. If the ratings dropped it could have still dipped below TB’s S3 record of 13 million average viewers throughout the ENTIRE season.

    The majority of HBO subscribers may well fall into that demo, yet it still is virtually meaningless. Total viewers and buzz, which can lead to positive word of mouth and new subscribers, is what HBO cares about. Do you think they make less money when a 50+ year old subscribes to the network?

  • Raul

    FALLING SKIES! Glad it was already renewed for a fourth season… Devious Maids is up from last week by viewers and won the night on LifeTime by 18-49 rating demo

  • Juan

    Your claim that True Blood never produced a season over 13m is dumb. I posted an HR reference in the first TB post of this season citing a 13.5m avg for it’s peak season. This has been further supported by an HR reference citing 12.1m for the S2 premiere. You just have to compare that premiere to S3 or S4 to figure out the growth.

    It’s really dumb to say the main demog for paying customers of HBO is a meaningless metric. It’s not simply the majority but the vast majority. You fail to comprehend that HBO HH’s over the avg of 54 are not likely to tune into soft porn gore fests like GoT & TB.

  • LJ

    Please show me the link that says TB averaged 13.5 million viewers, and don’t cite the reference to GOT averaging 13.4 million viewers at the half way point in the season.

  • Juan

    El Stupido, you can’t post links here.

    Entertainment Weekly: True Blood A Network Gets Its Bite Back By Lynette Rice | Jan 01, 2010

    In addition to a third season of Blood next summer (which, at a cumulative 12.6 million viewers per episode, is already the network’s second-most-watched drama ever behind Sopranos)

    True Blood has always been a summer season, so that refers to 2009.
    The 2010 cum avg can be approx by …
    2009 cum avg * 2010 9pm avg / 2009 9pm avg = 4.97/4.28 * 12.6 = 14.63m. That makes an actual cum avg of 13.5m very believable.

  • LJ

    Wow. That formula is in no way reliable. How do you get 14.63 million and then say 13.5 million is believable because of your half assed formula? I want facts. Numbers that have been confirmed. I have linked 3 articles this week alone that confirms True Blood’s cumulative numbers as:

    Season 3: 13 million
    Season 4: 12.6 million
    Season 5. 11.3 million

  • LJ

    If they are deleting the links it is not my fault. Here is the sample from ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ article from 2011:

    “True Blood closed out its fourth season on a solid ratings note.
    The episode delivered 5.1 million total viewers at 9 p.m. on Sunday, with 1.1 million more tuning in for the 11:15 p.m. encore. Compared to last year’s closer, which drew 5.4 million, True Blood was down slightly.
    To date, this season of True Blood has averaged 12.6 million viewers for each episode, when linear plays, HBO on Demand and DVR is also included.”

  • LJ

    And here is a sample of the 2012 article citing season 5′s total viewership:

    “INSIDE TV ‘True Blood’ season 5 finale ratings strong
    by James Hibberd on Aug 27, 2012 at 3:57PM”

    “HBO’s True Blood and Newsroom finale ratings are in: The vampire drama delivered 6.3 million viewers when you combine its two airings Sunday evening, marking the show’s biggest single-night delivery for the show during its fifth season. True Blood is averaging 11.3 million viewers when all forms of viewing are tallied.”

  • Juan

    And once again, it’s assenine to argue that people retain or get HBO because they read about a show’s seasonal cum avg. They get it because people talk about the show. The two ep that get talked about the most are the premiere & the finale for obvious reasons. The finale is more important because it leaves a lasting impression in the fan’s mind until next yr.

    TB has a knack for reaching mid-season low & then growing like gang busters as the finale approaches. That’s how S5′s nightly total narrowly beat GoT’s S3. Odds are that won’t happen this year, but TB has surprised before.

  • LJ

    And lastly, here is a snippet from an article stating that TB’s peak was 13 million cumulative viewers:

    “‘Game of Thrones’ finale ratings up; surpass ‘True Blood’
    by James Hibberd on Jun 10, 2013 at 2:10PM”

    “Moreover, this season of Thrones has firmly surpassed True Blood as HBO’s second most-popular season of all time. The third season of Thrones currently averages 13.6 million viewers across all platforms, which is above True Blood‘s summit of 13 million viewer average in 2010. The Sopranos remains No. 1 with 14.4 million for its 2004 season.”

  • LJ

    What is asinine is the numbers you pulled out of your backside. True Blood is rapidly declining in viewership. The season 6 premier was down 500,000+ viewers from the season 5 premier. I imagine the finale may be be down 700,000-800,000 for the 9 PM broadcast. The average total viewership will likely fall to around 10.5 million viewers per episode. Fewer people are retaining HBO because of TB alone. If they were, then total viewership wouldn’t be down by over 2 million viewers since 2010.

  • Juan

    El Stupido, I gave you credible & widely known references. Inside TV is crap compared to Entertainment Weekly. Furher you’re ignorance failed to look at your time stamp. It’s not even 24 hrs past the finale! Not only does that 11.3m avg not include the finale but it doesn’t even include totals from viewers catching up on earlier ep towards the finale!

  • reallypeople

    Ok… Dexter didn’t hurt The Killing’s ratings. That’s around where its been all year (save for last week which as I thought received a bump from MM’s finale). Its future is the same as it was before… it depends on how much money Netflix is going to dump in. Enough and it stays… if not then it’s gone.

    Rest is as expected… TB leading the non-”event” programming of the night and steady and the rest around where its been.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the Newsroom will once again waste the TB lead-in or will show signs of life.

  • LJ

    @Juan

    Alright, you clearly refuse to accept factual numbers reported by actual news website. FYI, ‘Inside TV’ is ‘Entertainment Weekly’. The author of the article is James Hibberd, the lead TV reporter on the website. If you want to arbitrarily bump up the season 5 numbers by a couple hundred thousand, be my guest. Just acknowledge that the 13.6 million number from GOT was calculated only a day after the finale as well. So using your logic, it may well be at over 14 million total viewers. Hell, it may have surpassed ‘The Sopranos’ 5th season as the most watched HBO season of all-time! But really, it’s simply most likely that the number won’t rise that much, just as TB’s season 5 total likely didn’t as well.

  • Juan

    Entertainment Weekly: True Blood A Network Gets Its Bite Back By Lynette Rice | Jan 01, 2010

    In addition to a third season of Blood next summer (which, at a cumulative 12.6 million viewers per episode, is already the network’s second-most-watched drama ever behind Sopranos)

    There’s nothing arbitrary about that. It’s the most accurate count of TB’s S2 cum avg as it is nearly 6 mo’s after. It’s a bump of 1.3m & not a few 100k El Stupido.

    There is nothing arbitrary about S3′s premiere avg growth of over 16% & S4 retaining that growth. Those are all facts.

    What is dumb is to suggest that in the wake of such growth, the cum avg would only grow 3%. What makes a LOT more sense is that the HR Apr 30th article kept True Blood ahead of GoT because it’s peak cum seasonal avg was higher than 13.4m.

    Likewise it seems obvious that some ep of True Blood over those seasons produced better cums than some ep of Sopranos vaulted 2004 season.

  • Juan

    While it’s possible GoT may see a bump in it’s S3 cum avg 6 mo’s from now, it’s not likely. A season of TB ends in Aug, & a season of GoT begins in Apr. That means True Blood is the main source for fantasy outside of movies for the time in between. That best explains why it gets such a post season jump in views. GoT doesn’t have that lag. GoT viewers roll right into TB viewers. It’s post season views won’t be nearly as large.

    You’re the only one who can’t seem to accept there is great overlap in the two fan bases.

  • samurai99

    @Juan

    You don’t seem to know what a fact is. Lj just provided you with several articles proving that true blood did not have the growth you think it did. You need to deal with that.

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