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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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  • Ryan

    @Shogun

    Showtime on the other hand IS taking the weekend off

  • shogun

    @Ryan

    thanks. If BB can keep a 2.4 demo on Labor Day Weekend, I’ll be impressed.

  • Guardian Owl

    Not surprised people are abandoning Low Winter Sun in droves, I gave up after two episodes. Quality cast, terrible everything else.

  • Jon Powell

    How did ‘America The Wild’ do on Nat Geo Wild this week?

  • Hillbilly

    Karyn
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

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

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    I watch it. :cool:

    It started slow, but its getting better. I live near an Amish community and have never saw blonde Amish. TLC found one & she’s ornery. :lol:

  • Brandy

    Good for Devious Maids

  • Richard

    @Tony JJ If HBO wanted twelve episodes they could have made twelve by pushing back the premiere date. Why is Game of Thrones only ten episodes?

  • shogun

    @Richard

    Game of Thrones is only 10 episodes because it takes them the entire year to get that filmed.

    Anyway, delaying True Blood would leave them with nothing to air during summer.

  • Ike

    @Shogun, Labor Day weekend doesn’t seem to depress viewership as much as it maybe once did, nor do many other holiday weekends. Doctor Who had its season premiere on Labor Day weekend last year, and it did well in the ratings by BBC America’s standards. Or even by almost any cable standards.

  • SickOfStupid

    Lady Gaga… she’s such a square.

  • Tony JJ

    @richard. True.

    Game of Thrones I think is only 10 episodes because of special effects time post filming. That’s just my opinion. No one will really know why. Maybe true blood’s episode cut wasn’t due to her pregnancy. But HBO will be the only one who truly knows. :)

  • Richard

    They could still air True Blood in summer, if HBO pushed back the premiere two weeks and took a week or two off during the season that gives HBO three or four weeks. Then they could have twelve, I would be very surprised if True Blood had twelve episodes next year.

  • jj

    The Dodgers are not really a huge draw for baseball. 1.9 million dodgers vs red sox. Last week yankees vs red sox did 3 million and braves vs cardinals did 2.4 million a few weeks ago.

  • Holms

    Bruno Mars & Legendary Timberlake = RATINGS!

    @ jj

    Dodgers are a very boring baseball team to watch honestly. I know they’re in a huge market and they have huge baseball history but they need to stay out of the playoff picture most of the time if they can.

  • Holms

    Total Suck still failing behind The Kardashians.

  • Lisa

    I’m glad BB is taking Labor Day weekend off, even if the ratings do go down. The Momentum this season has been crazy do its better the don’t stop the momentum by taking a week off

    Plus, the shows over-its ratings don’t matter.

  • Nick

    Sunday:

    Low Winter Sun (AMC)
    -10:04 PM: 1.225 million viewers, 0.42 A18-49

    Talking Bad (AMC)
    -11:05 PM: 0.905 million viewers, 0.43 A18-49

    Copper (BBC America)
    -10 PM: 0.431 million viewers, 0.12 A18-49

    America The Wild (Nat Geo Wild)
    -10 PM: 0.210 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

    Sandwich King (Food Network)
    -11 AM: 0.588 million viewers, 0.19 A18-49 (#3 in AM demo)
    -11:30 AM: 0.635 million viewers, 0.22 A18-49 (#1 in AM demo)

    Saturday:

    Hell on Wheels (AMC)
    -9 PM: 1.999 million viewers, 0.33 A18-49

    Cedar Cove (Hallmark Channel)
    -8 PM: 2.100 million viewers, 0.19 A18-49

    Swindle (Nickelodeon)
    -8 PM: 4.191 million viewers, 0.61 A18-49

    WWE AM Raw (USA)
    -2 AM: 0.438 million viewers, 0.11 A18-49

    Beat Bobby Flay (Food Network)
    -9 PM: 0.852 million viewers, 0.34 A18-49 (#3 in Prime demo)

    Adult Swim A18-49 (12 AM-3:30 AM):
    1. Bleach: 0.55
    2. Naruto: 0.54
    3. One Piece: 0.42
    4. Sword Art Online: 0.41
    5. Soul Eater: 0.39
    6. IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix: 0.34
    7. Star Wars: Clone Wars: 0.32

    CW K6-11 (8/17) –
    1. Spectacular Spider-Man: 0.63
    2. Justice League: 0.56
    3. Bolts & Blip: 0.53
    4. Dragon Ball Z Kai: 0.47
    5. B-Daman Crossfire: 0.45
    6. Yu-Gi-Oh: 0.39
    7. Sonic X: 0.37
    8. Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal: 0.28

    Wednesday:

    WWE Main Event (Ion)
    -8 PM: 1.282 million viewers, 0.38 A18-49

  • svsnt021

    @Nick
    Thanks ever so much, Nick!!!

  • Jon Powell

    Thank you!

  • TOM

    @Nick

    The White Queen numbers on Saturday?

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