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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Wins Night + 'NFL Countdown' 'Dexter', 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' & More

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September 10th, 2013

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Breaking Bad was Sunday's top cable program with a 2.6 down up last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. NFL Countdown and Dexter tied for second with each earning a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Boardwalk Empire earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

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Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Breaking Bad AMC 9:00 PM 5.110 2.6
NFL COUNTDOWN           L ESPN 10:00 AM 2.385 1.1
Dexter S8 SHO1 9:00 PM 2.340 1.1
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:00 PM 2.254 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 1.870 1.0
Boardwalk Empire HBOM 9:02 PM 2.376 0.9
BOBS Burgers ADSM 11:00 PM 1.794 0.9
BREAK HBOM 9:59 PM 2.172 0.8
Sister Wives TLC 9:00 PM 2.144 0.8
DEVIOUS MAIDS LIF 10:01 PM 2.494 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 1.867 0.8
NEWSROOM, THE HBOM 10:02 PM 1.756 0.8
AQUA TV SHOW SHOW ADSM 12:00 AM 1.420 0.8
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 7:30 PM 1.850 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 2.061 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 2.139 0.7
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 9:00 PM 2.716 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 2.637 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 2:00 AM 1.131 0.7
Cleveland Show, THE ADSM 10:00 PM 1.587 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 2.130 0.7
PRINCESS AND THE FROG DSNY 9:00 AM 3.269 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 2.110 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 2.965 0.7
BOBS Burgers ADSM 2:30 AM 1.059 0.7
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:15 AM 1.196 0.7
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 1.312 0.7
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 4:00 PM 1.738 0.7
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 2.932 0.6
BREAKING AMISH: LA TLC 10:00 PM 1.529 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:00 PM 1.898 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:00 AM 2.413 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2.125 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1.781 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 2.012 0.6
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.296 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 3:30 PM 2.258 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 3:00 PM 1.699 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 2.141 0.6
Venture Brothers ADSM 12:30 AM 1.055 0.6
BAD INK AEN 10:00 PM 1.344 0.6
GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE 4 FOOD 9:00 PM 1.850 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:30 PM 1.743 0.6
BAD INK AEN 10:30 PM 1.276 0.6
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 1:15 AM 0.973 0.6
SUPERJAIL ADSM 1:00 AM 0.997 0.6
Phineas and Ferb DSNY 10:45 AM 2.528 0.6
CINDERELLA DSNY 8:00 PM 2.715 0.6
CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD 10:00 PM 1.644 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:00 PM 1.716 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 2:00 PM 1.486 0.5
TOTAL DIVAS ENT 10:00 PM 1.091 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 3:00 PM 2.129 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 12:40 AM 1.040 0.5
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 8:00 PM 1.852 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.441 0.5
BAD INK AEN 11:01 PM 1.133 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 1:00 PM 1.460 0.5
TALKING BAD AMC 11:05 PM 1.036 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 1.065 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 12:00 PM 1.388 0.5
CALL OF THE WILDMAN APL 9:00 PM 1.336 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 11:00 AM 1.340 0.5
Breaking Bad AMC 11:35 PM 0.954 0.5
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1.592 0.5
RACHAEL VS. GUY KIDS FOOD 8:00 PM 1.577 0.5
DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE SHORT DSNY 9:25 PM 2.602 0.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:05 PM 0.977 0.4
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 3:30 PM 1.160 0.4
A.N.T.  FARM DSNY 11:00 AM 2.078 0.4
HOLLYWOOD EXES 2 VH1 9:00 PM 0.955 0.4
DOC FILES DSNY 8:55 AM 2.461 0.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 9:00 PM 0.929 0.4
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 8:00 PM 0.854 0.4
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 9:54 PM 0.946 0.4
CALL OF WILDMAN: MORE LIV APL 9:30 PM 1.253 0.4
RAY DONOVAN S1 SHO1 10:00 PM 1.245 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:30 PM 1.222 0.4
AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 7:30 PM 1.836 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1.478 0.4
LOW WINTER SUN AMC 10:04 PM 1.062 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1.380 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1.382 0.4
BREAK HBOM 8:56 PM 0.944 0.4
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 7:00 PM 1.167 0.4
Top Gear HIST 11:02 PM 0.899 0.4
TBS SUNDAY MORNING MOVIE TBSC 10:29 AM 0.905 0.4
BREAK HBOM 10:48 PM 0.855 0.3
THE A&E MOVIE AEN 11:00 AM 0.955 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1.232 0.3
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 5:00 PM 1.087 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:30 PM 1.206 0.3
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 5:05 PM 1.129 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1.416 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 AM 1.115 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1.101 0.3
LOVE IT LIST IT TOO HGTV 9:00 PM 1.298 0.3
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 8:00 PM 1.281 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:00 PM 1.100 0.3
DEADLINE:CRIME WITH TAMRO ID 12:00 AM 0.991 0.3

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  • svsnt021

    @Nick
    Could you post #s, if possible, for the 9/1 and this past Sunday 9/8 episodes of Sandwich King (FOOD, 11:00AM) and how did they rank among the other FN Sun AM shows? Thanks so much in advance!!!

  • BenA

    Go Breaking Bad!!!!!! Low winter sun is definitely gone after this season. It lost 84.6% of its lead-in.

  • josh

    omg 5 mill for BB thats great gosh so glad the time when they were 0.7 and 2 mln are over so as the show but still going on high note thats great

  • BBFan

    Nick, I know you’re time is limited but could you spare enough to give us the top 18-49 draws for BBC America, Vortexx, & Toonami? Gracias in advance!

    I’m not surprised that the cat & mouse ep leading to a gun fight pushed BB over 5mil. It’s a shame it’s got just a few more ep left. There’s $ to be made there, but apparently the producers have run out of ideas to continue the show. It happens. AMC should be kicking themselves right now for moving Hell on Wheels. That’s another show where the chars matter a LOT more than the plot. HoW at least has likeable chars. LWS doesn’t & the plot isn’t unique or all that interesting. That’s part of the reason why Donovan is struggling to hold Dexter better.

    If AMC has learned anything from all this is that characters matter most in TV ratings. They don’t just have to be interesting enough. There have to be chars to both love & loathe as well.

  • Bb

    RHONJ recovered well from last weeks low numbers!
    Did KUWTK not air? I forgot to watch it and I don’t see it! Total Divas is down a bit!
    Hollywood Exes is finally in the top 100. That’s a good sign!

  • dendu

    Nick, please post the ratings for Hell on Wheels! :)

  • John

    Breaking Bad is not ending because they ran out of story. There was/is plenty to tell, but they wanted to go out on a high note before it got too stale. Vince said all along he wanted to end after 52 episodes (4 seasons) and he extended it to 62.

  • shogun

    Dexter doesn’t deserve to have more viewers than Boardwalk Empire. BE is such a better show it’s ridiculous. Too bad BE has to keep airing against the highest rated shows cable and networks have to offer.

    Glad to see the Newsroom back up and Ray Donovan down.

    Any idea when Showtime will put the pilot for MoS up online? It looked like it might be good.

  • Damiker

    Amazing for BB, the last 2 mins were intense. Good for hollywood exes also.

  • Stefan

    @Nick
    WWE Main Event (8/28 & 9/4) and AM Raw (8/31 & 9/7) please- if it’s too much, only the 9/4 & 9/7 numbers!
    Thanks in advance!

  • John A

    Great for Breaking Bad. Nice to see Dexter high. Its been a crap final season though. Ugh Devious Maids keeps dropping. Wish it was at a 1.0.

  • Brandon

    I wish more people watched Newsroom.

  • Nucky

    @shogun 100% agree. Dexter is horrible. I suppose people still watch it because it’s like a dumb procedural. BE was fantastic. Loved the new locations and this seems like a different tone to last.

  • Ganon

    @Nick

    If you’re around, can you post just the Saturday Adult Swim 18-49 numbers for the 11:30-3:30 section of the line-up. Much thanks in advance.

  • RottieGirl

    I’m with @dendu, Hell on Wheels ratings please & thank you.

  • Marty

    Devious Maids continues to fall. Giving up on this show.
    Breaking Bad was superb as usual. Low Winter Sun is done. Boardwalk Empire was amazing!

  • Dante

    Any news on MIAMI MONKEY? (The Big Ang Mob Wives spinoff)

    Furthermore, has VH1 officially cancelled Mob Wives? The spin-offs have all barely registered ratings-wise and the original declined a whole lot last season.

  • Thewriter2009

    Devious Maids actually increased in viewership from its last telecast (2.479 million vs. 2.494 million), but decreased a tenth of a point in the demographics. Considering the show hasn’t had a lead in for the past few telecasts, it’s doing a damn good job. I expect it to increase in viewers/demo for the final two episodes.

  • Richard

    Boardwalk Empire was not very good. I would not be very surprised if it was canceled. It can’t stand the competition, once again content is king.

  • JacobYates

    @Nick
    Can you post this week’s Hell on Wheels ratings as well as last week’s?

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