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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood' Wins Night + 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Sprint Cup', 'Real Housewives of NJ', 'Falling Skies' & More

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July 16th, 2013

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True Blood was Sunday's top cable program with a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 2.3. Keeping Up with the Kardashians came in second with a 1.3, flat with last week.

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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 9:02 PM 4.536 2.5
BREAK HBOM 9:57 PM 3.694 1.9
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 2.544 1.3
SPRINT CUP RACING/LOUDON TNT 1:00 PM 4.907 1.3
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:00 PM 2.700 1.2
FALLING SKIES TNT 10:00 PM 3.329 1.1
CELEBRATE SANDLER MARA FX 8:00 PM 2.628 1.1
Dexter S8 SHO1 9:02 PM 2.431 1.1
NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 10:00 PM 2.598 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.150 1.0
CELEBRATE SANDLER MARA FX 10:00 PM 2.107 1.0
BOBS Burgers ADSM 11:00 PM 1.917 0.9
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 9:00 PM 3.425 0.9
NEWSROOM, THE HBOM 10:01 PM 2.221 0.9
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 1.982 0.9
BA:BNW:SHUNNING TRUTH TLC 10:00 PM 2.068 0.8
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.517 0.8
DEVIOUS MAIDS LIF 10:01 PM 2.227 0.8
SpongeBob NICK 11:00 AM 2.746 0.8
CELEBRATE SANDLER MARA FX 5:30 PM 1.584 0.7
FOOD NETWORK STAR 9 FOOD 9:00 PM 2.525 0.7
Ice Road Truckers HIST 10:00 PM 2.699 0.7
BREAK HBOM 8:52 PM 1.409 0.7
Venture Brothers ADSM 12:00 AM 1.343 0.7
CELEBRATE SANDLER MARA FX 3:30 PM 1.391 0.7
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 10:00 PM 2.176 0.7
Drop Dead Diva LIF 9:00 PM 2.102 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 2.503 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 2.399 0.7
MOVIE, USA USA 3:00 PM 1.805 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:00 PM 1.806 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.643 0.6
Cleveland Show, THE ADSM 10:00 PM 1.516 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:00 PM 1.637 0.6
CELEBRATE SANDLER MARA FX 1:00 PM 1.256 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:30 PM 1.603 0.6
SAM & CAT NICK 11:30 AM 2.565 0.6
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 6:45 PM 1.464 0.6
TED HBOM 7:06 PM 1.299 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:30 PM 1.804 0.6
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2.150 0.6
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 8:00 PM 1.198 0.6
SUNDAY BEST 6 BET 8:04 PM 1.643 0.6
TBS SUNDAY MORNING MOVIE TBSC 10:02 AM 1.178 0.6
MOVIE, USA USA 1:00 PM 1.510 0.6
NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 11:00 PM 1.363 0.6
PROPERTY VIRGINS HGTV 5:30 PM 1.713 0.6
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:00 PM 1.053 0.6
PROPERTY VIRGINS HGTV 5:00 PM 1.595 0.5
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM BEHIND TLC 9:00 PM 1.656 0.5
CELEBRATE SANDLER MARA FX 11:00 AM 1.007 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:00 PM 1.829 0.5
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 4:45 PM 1.535 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:00 AM 1.268 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 1.139 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.518 0.5
RAY DONOVAN S1 SHO1 10:00 PM 1.450 0.5
SAM & CAT NICK 6:00 PM 2.378 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.359 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 1.680 0.5
NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 9:00 PM 1.356 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 7:30 PM 1.663 0.5
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.419 0.5
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:00 PM 1.213 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 6:00 PM 1.253 0.5
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 8:00 PM 1.710 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 6:00 PM 1.504 0.5
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1.980 0.5
PROPERTY VIRGINS HGTV 1:00 PM 1.366 0.5
True Blood HBOM 11:03 PM 0.977 0.5
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 8:00 PM 1.874 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 5:00 PM 1.192 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2.126 0.5
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 12:00 PM 1.209 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.698 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 10:30 AM 1.352 0.5
BREAK HBOM 10:53 PM 1.082 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:00 PM 1.662 0.5
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 9:51 PM 1.220 0.5
FRIENDS TBSC 9:00 AM 0.851 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 6:30 PM 1.207 0.5
KARATE KID NAN 9:00 PM 1.408 0.5
CALL OF THE WILDMAN APL 11:00 PM 1.156 0.4
PROPERTY VIRGINS HGTV 4:30 PM 1.508 0.4
KILLING AMC 9:00 PM 1.519 0.4
Swamp People HIST 6:00 PM 1.550 0.4
NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 8:00 PM 1.094 0.4
Swamp People HIST 4:00 PM 1.309 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:30 PM 1.624 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.724 0.4
Swamp People HIST 5:00 PM 1.448 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1.330 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 6:30 PM 1.296 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 7:00 PM 1.350 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 11:00 PM 1.359 0.4
HGTV STAR HGTV 8:00 PM 1.908 0.4
FALLING SKIES TNT 11:00 PM 1.113 0.4
NASCAR PRE-RACE SHOW TNT 12:00 PM 1.464 0.3
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 6:00 PM 0.974 0.3

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

 
  • Juan

    Sam,you are being stupid again.

    It’s not about how many HBO subs are 54+. It’s about how many watch True Blood. Of the 5.5mil that watched that night, 4.5mil are 18-54. The bulk of the remaining 1mil are < 18. That leaves a few 100k amongst the 54+ crowd & they are not likely to add/drop HBO solely on the basis of True Blood.

    It's not about selling ads. It's about the content of the show & it's obvious target demographically.

  • serendipity’s last stand

    Truebloods ratings may go up more one of the next 2 episodes is said to be the one with the “big” death. I still say it is a human on the show but its trueblood could be anybody.

  • Jon

    I seem to be in the minority here but I like where they took the falling skies show this year. I like the fact that every week doesn’t have to be filled with gunfire and blood shed. I like that they have taken a step back from the frontlines of the battle field and given us more character development. I think the show has matured and is showing the viewers that there is more going on after an apocalypse than just gun fights and blowing up skitters. These are people struggling for day to day existence. I love seeing the friendship that Tom And Dan have. It’s become even more solidified this season. There are a lot of unanswered subplots going on right now, but that’s what makes this show so great, you want to tune into to find out where they are going with it. Best episode of the season and the series so far is the episode with Tom and Pope trying to get home, and the Masons and Weaver coming across that woman who became the symbol for their dead mother. Also last weeks encounter with the robbers is so much more than just taking back guns that were stolen. It shows that during chaous there is no end to what people may or may not do to survive. Even in the face of sucj=h uncertainty Tom still felt the right thing to do was to go back and warn these people. He owed them nothing, but yet Tom is a great and compassionate family man, and he did what was in his heart. To me this show went to the next level this season, and unfortunately so many aren’t able to appreciate it. People just want to see blood and guts, give them that and they will be happy. Just like people bitched about The walking Dead when they actually went soft on the gore for a season.

  • Jon

    HBO Could care less about the Demo. They aren’t selling ads. They care that people are watching there show period. Every person watching counts to them. If the numbers are going down than people are turning the channel, and then a show would get cancelled. To them someone who is 60 is just as important to them as someone who is 30. As a subscriber based service, all subscribers are equal and no one subscriber is more important than the other.

  • Juan

    Jon, that is incredibly stupid.

    All HBO viewers are not equal. HBO cares the most about heads of HH’s because they make the decision. Next comes their spouses. They care the least about the demogs that least factor in the decision. Those are dependants like the < 18 crowd & seniors living with their children. The only exception to that is HBO Family. The < 18 crowd matter in the programming of that channel the most.

  • Juan

    It’s clear some of you are ignorant as to how tv programs are produced. A producer pitches a show to a network. Associated with the content is a target demog for the show. That target demog determines the budget. The closer it is to 18-54 the higher the budget. True Blood is clearly produced with an 18-54 demog in mind so that is the demog that matters most. If it were a TV-14 show that did no more than 1.0 18-49, yet still pulled 4mil viewers it would not get a $30-40mil/sea budget.

    Conversely, 18-49 & 25-54 is of little importance for Disney. Like HBO Family, it’s primary target is < 18 & adults watching with children. The later is a separate demog that Nielsen tracks. It is those ratings that determine whether a show continues & the budget for the show. But that budget is capped by the overall importance of that demog to the company. Disney spends more $ a season on the shows they produce for ABC Family than the Disney Channel because the demog for ABC Family is that much more important.

  • Juan

    Newsroom is a good example of a show in the opposite end of the spectrum. With the median viewer age for cable news viewers now being in the low 60′s, the show was clearly produced with a 55+ demog in mind. That demog determined it’s budget & as long as it hits the marks in that target demog the show will continue to at bequest of the producers. But suppose it’s not.

    The show then is re-evaluated & the demog is shifted. If they see promise for the show in the 18-54 demog then both the producers & HBO will sit down & talk about how to best grow that demog. That will probably entail a bigger budget, a younger cast, & stories more relevant to that demog. If they don’t see promise for the show in the 18-54 demog then Newsroom will just be canceled.

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