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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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  • Marius

    I also need Saturday’s Hell on Wheels and Cedar Cove :

  • Johnny

    Low Winter Sun dead. Killing and HOW should definitely be back now.

  • Wright

    Where is Copper?

  • Lucas

    @Mark Drey
    I know it doesn’t, but when something is this huge it tends to bleed into seemingly unrelated territories, demographics-wise.

  • RottieGirl

    I’m waiting for Hell on Wheels ratings too please.

  • Karyn

    Did anyone watch Breaking Amish? That was one of the craziest reality shows I have ever seen

  • OnlyWhatIWant

    Nick, I know you’re time is limited so please post both total viewers & 18-49 for the top draws for Vortexx, Toonami, & BBC America. In addition to those 3 shows, please include USA’s AM Raw. Gracias in advance!

    I was glad to see the VMA’s didn’t hurt Breaking Bad.

  • BBFan

    That was a great ep of Breaking Bad! The misery is still there, but the tables turned twice in that ep. The ratings aren’t there for Talking Bad or the encore, & maybe the VMA’s had something to do with that, but I believe it approached 3.0 18-49 on the night. That’s True Blood territory now.

    In the absence of True Blood, HBO fell greatly. Dark Knight Rises failed to draw 1mil & Newsroom lost over 1/3rd of it’s viewers. Anna Panquin gave birth to twins so True Blood had to be shortened to 10 ep. True Blood S7 should be back to 12 ep.

  • shogun

    Sad to see The Newsroom down. That was probably the best episode of the season. Glad that the rumor-mill says the show has already been renewed.

    The Killing just got a major boost. The VMA’s are no excuse for LWS not being able to pull at least a 0.4 when you have breaking bad as a lead in. AMC is falling apart at the seems.

  • Richard

    I never believed that True Blood was shortened because Anna Panquin was pregnant. Claire Danes was pregnant during Homeland but that was still twelve episodes.

  • shogun

    @BBFan

    The Newsroom fell, but not by 1/3. And TDKR has been on HBO for over a month, so I’m not surprised it didn’t draw a lot of viewers. HBO is in remission until Boardwalk Empire comes back in two weeks.

    Incidentally, are AMC and Showtime taking Labor Day Weekend off like HBO is? I’m not sure.

  • Richard

    @shogun I think the September Boardwalk Empire ratings will be terrible. Each year the ratings have fallen for Boardwalk Empire, I expect that to continue.

  • Johnny

    AMC may have to keep bringing back “Mad Men” if they can’t find another winner.

  • Andies

    Seriously..???? Low Winter Sun not even in the 100?? Holy cow… This has to be the lowest AMC show ever…

  • Zee King

    wow vmas 18-49 demo was up a huge 86%=GAGA!

  • Barnz

    Could you guys post rating of low winter sun in this comment section please.

  • Ryan

    @Greg, Cory Smith

    This list is ordered by the demo rating so while it might’ve had solid viewers numbers, VMAs snapped up ALOT of 18-49 not to mention Breaking Bad watchers probably switched away afterwards due to all the social media buzz from Miley. I expect both LWS and TB to be back next week.

  • Ganon

    @Nick

    Could you please post the 18-49 ratings for Adult Swim’s Saturday 12 AM to 3:30 AM line-up?

    Much thanks in advance.

  • Tony JJ

    @Richard

    It doesn’t matter what Homeland/SHO did with Clare Danes pregnancy. Every show is different. Being Anna had twins she probably couldn’t work as much as she could have if she had one baby closer to delivery, plus her delivery date could have been right when they were going to film episodes 11 and 12. So they had to decide to just do 10. True Blood is still a monster for HBO. I Doubt they would cut episodes for no reason because ratings are still there

  • Ryan

    @shogun

    Nope cause they can’t.

    Sep 29th – BB ends
    Oct 6th – Has to air the last 2 episodes of LWS as a 2 hour Finale
    Oct 13th – TWD/TD and CBM at Midnight (Probably due to Fearfest but still Midnight?!?!?!? Those ratings will be horribad)

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