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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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  • zodd

    Bob’s Burgers is proving to be a great pick up for Adult Swim.

  • stiller

    Breaking Bad grew versus the VMAs. Wow. Deserved it, after all, awesome episode. I think it could keep up the 2.4-2.5 range for next week, possibly (not sure how Labor Day would affect it), since we all want to know what happens next. I know I do, at least.

  • MadMan400096

    @Nick: Wait, what were the ratings for the 7 AM hour on The CW on 8/17?

  • reallypeople

    Those numbers for Low Winter Sun are horrible. Especially since, I believe, they tried to inflate the demo/numbers by showing a clip of TWD’s new season. It’s dead, if they can’t get eyeballs on the screen being after BB… then nothing is going to help it.

    Almost as awful are The Newsroom’s numbers. The drop proves that it’s not a stand alone show and that, mismatched as it might be, the presence of TB before it does help significantly.

    Elsewhere… good to BB, wow at VMAs, meh to Miley Cyrus in general.

    Special mention to HOW that managed to somehow gain viewers (albeit only ~100K) on a Saturday where everyone was either on vacay or getting their kids ready for school/college.

  • BBFan

    That’s a good point. TWD’s preview was announced before the next wk’s preview of BB. AMC said it would be during the 3rd break of LWS. That probably will lead to strong C3 ratings for that ad break. The program ratings reported here don’t include the ad ratings.

    After this Sun’s ratings, I would think HBO is lobbying for 12 ep of True Blood next season. It’s really up to the producers & the cast. Losing the fat associated with twins is a lot harder than just 1 birth which is why the Anna excuse was easy to accept. They helped stretch the summer by skipping Thrones on Memorial Day weekend. That was all planned ahead of time. With the gains for S3 Thrones I don’t see them doing that again.

  • Rigodon123

    @Madman: He’s never been able to get those numbers. Ask him how to interpret the ratings instead.

    @Nick:How do you interpret those ratings?

  • One

    I fail to comprehend why only old people came back to Hell On Wheels in week three. This is absurdity, gentlemen…

  • MadMan400096

    @Rigodon: Why wouldn’t we get them?

  • reallypeople

    @One

    That’s easy. Westerns generally skew old to begin with and then add to that you are talking about late August on a Saturday night and those in the 18-49 age group are either enjoying the last days of summer (vacations, etc.) or dealing with school stuff.

    It’ll gain it all back on the L + 3 and L + 7 and honestly, AMC should be happy it’s not 900 K and a .1 demo.

  • Greg

    AMC should go ahead and renew The Killing. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they cancelled both Hell on Wheels and Low Winter Sun. I’d say HoW has more of a chance, but by slotting it on Saturdays, it makes it sound like AMC doesn’t care about the show anymore.

  • reallypeople

    @Greg

    Why would AMC renew TK over HOW? It’s demo was .4 on most weeks. HOW’s was .5 except for the first two weeks and the viewership for HOW is above TK’s… on a Saturday. Quick answer, they wouldn’t.

    No, HOW will not be cancelled at the expense of TK. HOW, again, was placed on Saturday’s to open up a new night of programming and to help sell AMC’s westerns. Not due to “lack of interest” on AMC’s part.

    If (and I emphasize if) TK is renewed its because of LWS tanking. The smart money is on AMC renewing HOW and placing Turn with it next year and cancelling both TK and LWS (replacing TK with the computer age drama and LWS with the legal pilot they picked up). But, honestly, the only reason why TK’s subpar ratings are even in consideration for renewal is because of AMC’s need to create additional original programming, not subtract. Otherwise, TK would be easily cancelled due to low viewership.

  • Hugh

    BB and UTD = 2.5

    The Schrader effect!

  • Andrew

    @Nick

    Are you able to post Sunday night numbers for Travel Channel 8-10PM? It would be much appreciated, thanks!

    WOW at the VMA numbers, I watched it but didn’t expect them to be that big.

  • gerry

    @ reallypeople

    they would renew the killing over hell on wheels because the ratings are essentially the same, but the killing is a critic’s darling (and will be even moreso after the season that just aired). awards don’t make the network money, but on a network like amc which wants viewers that take critical praise into account (the network was built on mad men, don’t forget) nominations matter. not to mention the killing’s already reflected viability via netflix streaming.

  • BBFan

    If you read the helter-skelter state of The Walking Dead’s production from season to season at screenrant you’ll gain a better understanding of AMC. Cost cutting is paramount there. They are willing to go through different show runners & writers for each season TWD to align the show in the budget they desire. They fired top people to get the budget from $3.3m/ep to $2.7m/ep for S1 to S2. They have since pushed the show towards more inside fights to further cut costs. That’s how they treat their flagship show, so it’s not likely to be any different for their other shows. Renewal won’t be determined based on nominations. It will be determined by whether another season can be produced for the budget they desire.

    Hell on Wheels looks like a cheap production. There are no epic battle scenes really & the sets are cheaply made to fit the period. The cast looks low budget as well. I don’t think there is much doubt The Killing costs AMC more to produce. It came back only because Netflix stepped in to cover the gap of what AMC wanted to pay & what the talent producing the show wanted. There’s been no word Netflix is willing to do that again or up their cost if AMC should seek further budget cuts.

  • reallypeople

    @Gerry

    Sorry but TK is not a critical darling. Not since the backlash after the season one non-closure disaster. If TK is able to get a nomination for any awards show (which more than likely it won’t) it’ll be a non event. The awards contenders that AMC care about are from MM and BB.

    And there’s no proof that TK has any more visibility on Netflix than HOW. BBFan is correct about the costs and that the only reason why TK received another season was due to Netflix. AMC wasn’t happy with the results which is why they cancelled it in the first place. At best, you can only claim TK was “on par” with their, already, unsatisfactory results.

    And, please, @Gerry the ratings are no where near the same for HOW and TK. You are talking ~2 mil for HOW on a Saturday and ~1.5 mil for TK paired up with MM which increased their viewership totals. When the L + 3 and L + 7 are factored in, it’s going to be even more advantage HOW because more people DVR on Saturdays as they aren’t in front of the TV.

    I think you meant to say that LWS and TK are similar in ratings and demo. Both are in the same position… plum spots on roster (paired up with MM and BB) and crappy ratings.

    In short @Gerry… other than fan wish and temporary exec insanity, there isn’t a realm on Earth where 1) TK would be renewed over HOW or 2) that they even really compete with each other. Since HOW operates in its own sphere on Saturdays. Unless TK is suddenly going to become a Western all of a sudden.

  • Sonicphoto

    Ouch Newsrooom! And it was an important episode! But I admit I didn’t watch it because of VMA’s. But I should have, because only the first hour was good.

  • Ryan

    @reallypeople

    The Legal drama was for We TV. TK and LWS both survive and will be paired together with H&CF going behind Mad Men with Talking Men With Chris Hardwick at 11 PM ;)

  • reallypeople

    @Ryan

    Sorry, I should have been more specific. When I said legal pilot I meant the “Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project”

    From AMC’s Press Release: Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project is a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes. It centers on a District Attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case.

    I do agree that H&CF will go along with MM. It makes perfect sense, much like Turn with HOW.

    I should also expand on my concept when I said HOW and TK do not compete because the only way it is going to survive is to Netflix to continue to dump money into it. They won’t dump money into a project placed on Saturday. Nor will AMC move HOW away from Saturdays.

  • Pirate1303

    Loved The Killing-turned it off 2nd show tis season

    Low Winter Sun is misdirected and un watchable

    the Newsroom is un even and Ill cast-Allison Pill is annoying at best, Jane Fonda adds nothing and Sam Waterson hit his peak with Law and Order. The main plots are OK, but the sub plots-inter office romance, Africia and Bigfoot are Empty tangents.The weekly 100 yard wandering conversation is just a little less taxing than the machine gun dialogue. That Sorkin uses the same techniques and has to write each show may prove that he is still riding the white pony.

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