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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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  • Ser Tahu

    @redlock Thank you!

    I agree that it is doing very well on Starz, but it isn’t doing as well as Camelot did and that still got cancelled after one season, so I personally don’t have my hopes up. But then again, it is doing better than Da Vinci’s Demons and Magic City, and they both got second seasons, so I guess it really depends on how much is being funded by the BBC and how much Starz is funding it.

  • Rick

    Dexter has been horrible this year….the worst season of them all. It’s sad because it was so well written the first 6 seasons. Last season was ok..but this season is just so bad. I’m glad there are only 2 episodes left. I have a feeling the ending isn’t going to be very good either.
    Boardwalk Empire is garbage.
    The White Queen is garbage.
    Ray Donovan is garbage.

    Here’s hoping “Masters of Sex” proves to be interesting. :)

  • dendu

    @RottieGirl Thank you!

  • bet625

    DM doing great. Almost 2.5 million for Lifetime is a hit. At Lifetime they are more into the viewership that the demo. Growing in viewership is a great sign.

  • Bess

    The writing needs to improve ALOT on DaVinci’s Demons because Starz has two other buzzy costume series readying to premiere in 2014. And DD doesn’t have the stunning artsiness or the depth of talent of the recently cancelled The Borgias to cover up writing flaws. Either the writing gets a helluva lot better or its over.

    I hope “Masters of Sex” is interesting too because Ray Donovan is awful. The only reason to ever watch RD is if you are in the mood for a few mirthless laughs at all the plot holes and cliches. Showtime has gone from one of my favorite pay networks to the one I’m thinking about axing.

  • huldu

    Dexter is so bad and has been for a few seasons now. I’m glad they’ve put an end to it just like with True Blood.

  • Richard

    @Richard Harrow I made a mistake about when Boardwalk Empire was renewed, I apologize about that. More people like Dexter then Boardwalk Empire. Boardwalk Empire ratings keep decreasing so most people don’t think the show is getting better. How would you have made Homeland better after season one? I can’t think of a way it could have been better than the first season.

  • Richard

    @Weez I would not be shocked If HBO did renew Boardwalk Empire. I would love to see more original programing from all premium networks, but only if it countinues the high quality that they usually have. How many shows do you think HBO will have if they would add another night? When do you think this will happen?

  • Richard Harrow

    @Richard So do you think people prefer NCIS to Breaking Bad because NCIS gets more viewers..? I get that you’re a Dexter fanboy but people prefer BE because it gets better reviews. And it’s not like it plummeting in the ratings. It’s A LITTLE lower. Also, the dumber shows get higher ratings (Not Breaking Bad because that grew).

    Dexter is dumb and you are too. :)

  • Alma

    Just hope HBO allows Boardwalk Empire to come to a natural and satisfying conclusion before it cancels it. So sick of the abrupt cancellations which should NEVER happen on premium pay channels but especially not when a series has been running a few years already.

  • Richard Harrow

    @Alma OH MY GOD. HBO IS NOT CANCELING IT. THIS IS ON PAR WITH LAST YEARS RATINGS. JEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Richard

    @RichardHarrow No, I don’t think people prefer NCIS instead of Breaking Bad. More people have cbs in their homes then AMC. HBO Is in more homes then Showtime but Dexter still out rates Boardwalk Empire, so Dexter Is more popular. Dexter has consistent growth well Boardwalk Empire ratings continue to fall.

  • Richard Harrow

    @Richard HAHAHAHA CONTINUES TO FALL? Are you Max or Intensity? It is a very steady series. It was pulling 1.0 in its first season. 3 years later 0.9

    OH NO!!! IT’S DROPPPING!!!!!!!!

    Btw, if you still watch Dexter, you either dumb or old.

  • Richard Harrow

    Latest AV Club scores: BOARDWALK EMPIRE: B+, DEXTER: D+

    People make fun of your precious show. Breaking Bad is ending on Sep 29 and it’s all anybody’s talking about. Dexter ending the week before and nobody cares. Except you dumb and old people at least. And why are you acting like Dexter’s a ratings phenomenon? It does well for its network. The Walking Dead gets higher ratings every year but season 2 was pretty weak and its not as good as BB or BE, so why don’t you just go back to bed. You seem tired.

  • Jon

    Has Boardwalk Empire gotten any better? I bailed after season 2

  • Jon

    Showtime has Penny Dreadful which I imagine will air in the Spring. I wonder if Nurse Jackie and Californication will air in the Spring since Episodes in airing in January.

  • Richard

    @ Richard Harrow The overall viewership of Boardwalk Empire continues to fall. The series premiere had 4.81 million viewers the latest episode had 2.38 million viewers, so yes it’s dropping. The A.V. Club rated the first episode of Dexter B-, so we will see what A.V. Club rates episode ten of Boardwalk Empire.

  • Richard Harrow

    I’m guessing not a D. HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Daniel

    @Jon Nurse Jackie and Californication are airing in the spring. I hope Penny Dreadful will air in spring, it seems great.

  • alma

    @Richard. Sorry. I meant IF HBO decides to cancel Boardwalk Empire, I hope it lets the showrunners and viewers know a season ahead of the axe. Like they did for True Blood.

    Penny Dreadful will likely take the place of The Borgias in the spring. The period drama audience is pretty pissed at Showtime. PD might suffer a cool reception.

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