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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'MTV Video Music Awards' Dominates + 'Breaking Bad', 'Real Housewives of NJ', 'Catfish', 'Dexter' & More

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August 27th, 2013

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The 2013 Video Music Awards  was Sunday's top program, with a colossal 5.2 adults 18-49 rating, way up from last year's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Breaking Bad was second with a 2.5, up from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

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Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
2013 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV 9:00 PM 10.066 5.2
Breaking Bad AMC 9:00 PM 4.848 2.5
2013 VMA PRESHOW MTV 8:00 PM 4.634 2.3
2013 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV 11:23 PM 2.806 1.6
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.358 1.2
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:00 PM 2.389 1.1
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW SSN2 MTV 7:00 PM 2.016 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 2.158 1.1
Dexter S8 SHO1 9:00 PM 2.286 1.1
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 2.249 1.1
BOBS Burgers ADSM 11:00 PM 1.873 1.0
Sister Wives TLC 9:00 PM 2.343 1.0
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 2.513 0.9
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 9:00 PM 3.403 0.9
DEVIOUS MAIDS LIF 10:01 PM 2.479 0.9
RED TNT 6:45 PM 2.406 0.9
BREAKING AMISH: LA TLC 10:00 PM 1.855 0.8
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:30 PM 2.282 0.8
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.513 0.8
Cleveland Show, THE ADSM 10:00 PM 1.596 0.8
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 3.082 0.7
AQUA TV SHOW SHOW ADSM 12:00 AM 1.493 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 11:00 AM 3.411 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 3.253 0.7
TOTAL DIVAS ENT 10:00 PM 1.460 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:00 PM 1.997 0.7
2013 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS VH1 9:00 PM 1.320 0.6
Ice Road Truckers HIST 10:00 PM 2.291 0.6
NEWSROOM, THE HBOM 10:01 PM 1.473 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 4:30 PM 2.275 0.6
Sister Wives TLC 9:30 PM 1.734 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.394 0.6
FULL HOUSE NAN 6:30 AM 1.538 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.416 0.6
CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD 10:00 PM 1.609 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:30 PM 1.626 0.6
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 11:00 PM 1.165 0.6
SPONGEBOB NICK 5:00 PM 2.457 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:00 AM 1.253 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2.123 0.6
SWINDLE NICK 1:00 PM 2.831 0.6
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:13 PM 1.044 0.6
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 9:00 PM 1.682 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:30 AM 1.198 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1.808 0.6
BROTHER VS BROTHER HGTV 10:00 PM 2.271 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.698 0.6
FULL HOUSE NAN 6:00 AM 1.546 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:00 PM 1.353 0.6
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 8:00 PM 2.154 0.5
DOG WITH A BLOG DSNY 8:00 PM 3.236 0.5
GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE FOOD 9:00 PM 1.796 0.5
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 8:00 PM 1.899 0.5
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 4:00 PM 1.616 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 8:00 PM 1.259 0.5
Shake It Up DSNY 8:30 PM 3.178 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 2.024 0.5
GAME PLAN DSNY 5:30 PM 2.441 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.625 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:30 PM 1.373 0.5
Sister Wives TLC 11:01 PM 1.028 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 1.795 0.5
BAD INK AEN 10:00 PM 1.163 0.5
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 8:00 PM 1.560 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 6:30 PM 1.248 0.5
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 9:56 PM 1.208 0.5
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 3:00 PM 1.327 0.5
RAY DONOVAN S1 SHO1 10:00 PM 1.328 0.5
BAD INK AEN 11:01 PM 0.964 0.4
BAD INK AEN 11:31 PM 0.900 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 7:30 PM 1.654 0.4
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 8:00 PM 0.936 0.4
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 5:00 PM 1.189 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1.481 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE II LIF 8:00 PM 1.288 0.4
BAD INK AEN 10:30 PM 1.011 0.4
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SRS L ESPN 11:00 AM 1.454 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 6:30 PM 1.076 0.4
BREAK HBOM 10:57 PM 1.015 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 12:00 PM 1.122 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1.404 0.4
DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE HBOM 7:11 PM 0.866 0.4
LIFE OF PI HBOM 2:45 PM 0.962 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 2:00 PM 1.172 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 7:00 PM 1.476 0.4
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TNT 2:00 PM 0.912 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 10:00 AM 0.901 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 5:00 PM 1.557 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 12:31 AM 0.935 0.4
AMC MOVIE AMC 11:00 AM 1.023 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 6:30 PM 1.186 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1.355 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:00 PM 1.296 0.4
SUNDAY BEST 6 BET 8:00 PM 1.319 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 1:00 PM 1.371 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 1:00 PM 1.126 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:30 PM 1.307 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1.223 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1.296 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 12:00 PM 1.257 0.3

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  • svsnt021

    @Nick

    Could you post #s for the 8/25 back-to-back episodes of Sandwich King (FOOD, 11:00 & 11:30AM) and how did they fare against the other FOOD Sun AM shows, please?

    Also, if possible, could you post #s for Saturday’s 8/24 pilot of Beat Bobby Flay (FOOD, 9:00PM) and how did it fare against the other prime FOOD shows?

    As always, I thank you in advance and appreciate greatly your valuable info!!!

  • JacobYates

    @Nick
    Can you post the ratings for Hell on Wheels please?

  • Max Vrany

    2/3rds of the VMA audience was in the 18-49 demo. Wow.

  • TOM

    @Nick

    Copper numbers please!

  • Bob

    Glad Devious Maids hung in there with the MTV Video awards. It was a pretty good episode too.

  • BenA

    Very good for Breaking Bad. It faced competition with VMAs but still increased! :)

  • Nathan

    Wow at Spongebob… and Swindle repeated well.

    @Nick
    Could you post the ratings for Swindle? It aired Saturday, August 24 at 8pm, on the network Nickelodeon. Thank you so much in advance! :)

  • Stefan

    @Nick
    WWE Main Event and AM Raw please- Thanks in advance!

  • Lucas

    Breaking Bad grew against an extremely 18-49 skewing event. Talk about a strong following.

  • janette

    Wow dog with a Blog, especially without good luck Charlie and Austin and Ally

  • John A

    Wow Dexter and Breaking Bad grew against the VMA’s. And good to see Devious Maids steady.

  • Greg

    Low Winter Sun is already out of the list?! So dead.

  • juan

    Great for Devious Maids, I thought it would get hurt by the huge VMA’s but it held up very well. Loving it

  • Sunnydee

    @Nick
    Could you post the K6-11 ratings for the CW on saturday morning from 8:30 – 11:00, please?

    Thanks!

  • Kissan

    First things first, good job to the VMA’s to getting a 5.2 in the 18-49 demo and only 10.06 mill. viewers. That skews younger than anything on T.V. right about now. And also good job for BB and Dexter for both going up since they were both going up against the VMA’s and what’s better is that they’re competition to each other as well, since they both have the same audience, so good job to them. I see Kardashians went down because of the VMA’s so that’s good for the world:) Really nice to see Devious Maids just staying at that 0.9 and almost 2.5 million viewers against the VMA’s and had no lead in, it was a really good episode too. Good to see Disney Channel shows steady as a rock and Total Divas staying steady. So all in all, good ratings all around(except for Ray Donovan).

  • Doug

    Isn’t anyone surprised CATFISH did so well considering it aired on a new night, earlier slot, no lead-in and all?

  • Vanquished

    Lady Gaga is so ugly.

  • Mark Drei

    @Lucas
    I don’t think Breaking Bad and MTV have a lot of crossover audience

  • Cory Smith

    I don’t see low winter sun. Is its retention out of breaking bad that horrible? Can we also get hell on wheels and talking bad?

  • Potato

    @Vanquished– She’s actually not, it’s just her crazy costumes. Look up a picture of her without one of them and it’s like a totally different person.

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