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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Wins Night, 'Real Housewives', 'Dexter, 'Devious Maids', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'The Newsroom' & More

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September 17th, 2013

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Breaking Bad was Sunday's top cable program with a 3.2 way up from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. NFL Countdown and Real Housewives of New Jersey tied for second with each earning a 1.1. NFL Countdown was even with last week, while Real Housewives of New Jersey was up from a 1.0.

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Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
Breaking Bad AMC 9:00 PM 6366 3.2
NFL COUNTDOWN           L ESPN 10:00 AM 2266 1.1
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:00 PM 2404 1.1
Dexter S8 SHO1 9:03 PM 2400 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 10:30 PM 2189 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2052 1.0
BOBS Burgers ADSM 11:00 PM 2043 1.0
NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN 3:15 PM 3623 0.9
Sister Wives TLC 8:00 PM 2374 0.9
DEVIOUS MAIDS LIF 10:01 PM 2519 0.9
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 8:00 PM 2261 0.9
Boardwalk Empire HBOM 9:02 PM 2210 0.9
AQUA TV SHOW SHOW ADSM 12:00 AM 1523 0.8
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 9:00 PM 3042 0.8
BREAKING AMISH: LA TLC 10:00 PM 1827 0.8
AUTO: RAIN  DELAY       L ESPN 4:44 PM 2670 0.7
Cleveland Show, THE ADSM 10:00 PM 1677 0.7
NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN2 9:55 PM 2068 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1555 0.7
MY FIVE WIVES TLC 9:00 PM 1854 0.7
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:15 AM 1360 0.7
BREAK HBOM 9:59 PM 1860 0.7
NEWSROOM, THE HBOM 10:01 PM 1671 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 1958 0.7
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 9:00 PM 1268 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:30 PM 1949 0.7
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 1338 0.7
NASCAR SPRINT CUP CNTDN L ESPN 1:00 PM 2221 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:00 PM 1759 0.6
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 8:00 PM 1189 0.6
RACHAEL VS. GUY KIDS FOOD 8:00 PM 1973 0.6
Good Luck Charlie DSNY 7:30 PM 3322 0.6
LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 8:00 PM 3598 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:00 PM 1752 0.5
TALKING BAD AMC 11:05 PM 1220 0.5
TOTAL DIVAS ENT 10:00 PM 1036 0.5
GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE 4 FOOD 9:00 PM 1893 0.5
BAD INK AEN 10:00 PM 1249 0.5
AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 8:30 PM 3556 0.5
Breaking Bad AMC 7:57 PM 1290 0.5
BAD INK AEN 10:30 PM 1194 0.5
BAD INK AEN 11:01 PM 1200 0.5
TOTAL DIVAS AFTER PARTY ENT 11:00 PM 939 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 5:30 PM 1176 0.5
MOVIE, USA USA 11:30 AM 1253 0.5
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2596 0.5
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L ESPN 8:00 PM 1809 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1489 0.5
CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD 10:00 PM 1544 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 9:00 PM 1101 0.5
BAD INK AEN 11:31 PM 1108 0.5
BREAK HBOM 10:59 PM 1165 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2528 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 12:00 PM 1723 0.5
Shake It Up DSNY 9:00 PM 3308 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:15 PM 878 0.5
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 1466 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1512 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 1045 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2409 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE I LIF 5:00 PM 1327 0.4
FX MOVIE LATE FX 11:00 PM 895 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 12:43 AM 920 0.4
MOVIE, USA USA 2:00 PM 1223 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1462 0.4
TBS SUNDAY MORNING MOVIE TBSC 9:00 AM 937 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:30 PM 1227 0.4
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2144 0.4
RAY DONOVAN S1 SHO1 10:00 PM 1407 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1615 0.4
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 9:56 PM 1108 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 12:30 PM 2051 0.4
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1694 0.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 10:00 PM 951 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 12:31 AM 859 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 12:01 AM 893 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1353 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 7:00 PM 1242 0.4
PERCY JACKSON/OLYMPIANS TOON 6:00 PM 1465 0.4
MERMAIDS: THE NEW EVIDENC DISC 8:00 PM 1114 0.4
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 8:00 PM 1413 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 7:30 PM 1367 0.4
LOVE IT LIST IT TOO HGTV 9:00 PM 1308 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 1:00 PM 1322 0.3
MEGALODON MONSTER SHARK DISC 9:00 PM 1185 0.3
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1832 0.3
BREAK HBOM 8:55 PM 918 0.3
Iron Chef America FOOD 11:00 PM 856 0.3
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:00 PM 834 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 AM 1157 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:00 PM 1138 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 4:00 PM 1175 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1310 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 2:00 PM 993 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 5:00 PM 1227 0.3
EXTREME HOMES (2012) HGTV 8:00 PM 1166 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:30 PM 1335 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 6:00 PM 1036 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 1:00 PM 952 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 11:00 AM 1018 0.3

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  • Steve

    Talking Bad should have an L next to it…

  • davie

    The ratings really are indicating quality here for once. Breaking Bad’s Final Season has literally taken a crap on Dexter’s, and has 3 times the audience. Damn.

  • DonJ1973

    It’s mind boggling how Low Winter Sun is for all intents and purposes the biggest bust in AMC history. It’s not a bad show, I guess U.S. viewers and Breaking Bad’s audience just don’t care about Detroit cops.

  • agoodboy

    If Bravo ever looses Teresa their Housewife franchise will die a fast death. I can not believe the rating she brings . . .

  • redlock

    via thefutoncritic:
    The White Queen (9:00) – Starz
    0.929 million viewers, #10; 0.343 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #9

    Unfortunately, tfc doesn’t have the ratings for Strike Back and Cedar Cove either.
    Nick, can you help?

  • John

    @DonJ1973 I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but I’m not sure it’s such a great idea to try to launch a new show immediately after Breaking Bad. I’m always so amped up from watching an incredible Breaking Bad episode that I have no interest in watching anything else for at least a half an hour or so. This is the main reason I didn’t even bother to watch the Low Winter Sun pilot. I had the same problem with Rubicon when it aired immediately after Breaking Bad’s Season 3 finale, “Full Measure.” I think they might have been better off airing “Talking Bad” immediately after Breaking Bad and then launching Low Winter Sun. It may not have made much of a difference, but I would be more willing to give it a shot in that case.

  • John A

    How does LWS do that bad with Breaking Bad lead in? It should be at least able to get a 1.0. It must be total garbage.

  • Nick

    Sunday:

    Oprah’s Lifeclass (OWN)
    -9 PM: 0.708 million viewers, 0.23 A18-49

    Super Soul Sunday (OWN)
    -10 AM-3 PM Average: 0.168 million viewers, 0.04 A18-49

    Saturday:

    Sweetie Pies (OWN)
    -9 PM: 0.635 million viewers, 0.18 A18-49

    Six Little Mcghees (OWN)
    -10 PM: 0.596 million viewers, 0.20 A18-49
    -10:30 PM: 0.503 million viewers, 0.18 A18-49

    Cedar Cove (Hallmark)
    -8 PM: 2.234 million viewers, 0.14 A18-49

    Friday:

    Strike Back (Cinemax)
    -10:02 PM: 0.417 million viewers, 0.12 A18-49

  • Ser Tahu

    @redlock and @Nick, thank you very much!

  • redlock

    Nick, you are the best!!!!!!

  • Andrew

    Thanks Nick for posting all those ratings!

  • John A

    So are those bad ratings for Cedar Cove? They look it.

  • Jon Powell

    @ Nick,
    Thank you for the ‘America The Wild’ numbers. I appreciate it!

  • redlock

    @John A:
    No. Cedar Cove is doing quite well for Hallmark. While A18-49 looks not particularly good, Hallmark focuses on A25-54 and especially W25-54 and there CC performance is rather good for the channel.
    I would be highly surprised if CC doesn’t get a second season.

  • Jon

    Ray Donovan is the best show on any paid premium channel

  • Jon

    @don…….I watched 4 episodes of low winter sun, and I must say I stuck with it 3 episodes longer than I should have. The writing is weak and none of the charachters seem likeable. The flashbacks seem ill timed and the backstory is choppy and full of holes. It just leaves you empty. Nothing seems to happen in the whole hour its on

  • Cora

    Thanks redlock for the White Queens ratings. At .929 it is a modest hit for Starz but maybe not buzzy enough to bring in new subscribers.

  • Cora

    Jon, your description of Low Winter Sun is my feeling on Ray Donovan. Not that LWS is good, it isn’t.

  • BBFan

    Nick gracias! Could you provide BBCA’s Dramaville series Broadchurch? I know Copper is beating Orphan Black but that’s expected for Sun vs Sat. We need a more relevant comparison.

    Copper is one of the best shows on TV right now & I can imagine it would be doing double what LWS is if it were following Breaking Bad. AMC just blew it. HellOnWheels is doing a fine 0.43 on Sat nights, but that’s easily 0.7 or better on Sun after BB. Both Copper & HoW are post civil war period dramas with different perspectives: Copper covers what will become Time Square in NYC, & HoW covers unsettled frontier land in expansion of the Pacifc rail road. Those are unique storytelling angles like BB. Both Donovan & LWS seem mundane in comparison despite good casting decisions.

  • MFB

    @Nick -Do you have the numbers for Torchwood: Miracle Day on BBC America, Saturday 9/14? Curious how it’s doing as “new” episodes on BBCA vs. its Starz premiere run. Thanks!

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