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Sunday Cable Ratings:'Breaking Bad' Wins Big, 'Talking Bad', 'Homeland', 'Boardwalk Empire','Masters of Sex' & More

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October 1st, 2013

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The Breaking Bad finale was Sunday's top cable program with a huge 5.3  up from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating . Talking Bad came in second with a 2.3 way up from last week's 0.5  adults 18-49 rating when it aired after Low Winter Sun

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Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
Breaking Bad AMC 9:00 PM 10280 5.3
TALKING BAD AMC 10:15 PM 4434 2.3
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 3631 1.5
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 3401 1.4
Breaking Bad MARATHON AMC 7:45 PM 3070 1.3
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 7:30 PM 3335 1.3
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 8:00 PM 3486 1.3
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 3093 1.3
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 3352 1.3
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:30 PM 3499 1.2
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:00 PM 2502 1.2
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 7:00 PM 2598 1.0
NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN 2:00 PM 3969 1.0
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 1799 1.0
NFL COUNTDOWN           L ESPN 10:00 AM 2154 0.9
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 1724 0.8
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 6:30 PM 2106 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 10:00 PM 1788 0.8
HOMELAND S3 SHO1 9:00 PM 1876 0.8
Boardwalk Empire HBOM 9:02 PM 1989 0.8
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 9:00 PM 3242 0.7
Breaking Bad MARATHON AMC 6:39 PM 1789 0.7
BOBS Burgers ADSM 10:30 PM 1526 0.7
CHINA, IL ADSM 11:30 PM 1286 0.7
GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE 4 FOOD 9:00 PM 2113 0.7
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 8:00 PM 2179 0.7
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 9:59 PM 1502 0.7
RACHAEL VS. GUY KIDS FOOD 8:00 PM 2108 0.7
CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD 10:00 PM 1715 0.6
BREAKING AMISH: LA TLC 10:00 PM 1577 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 6:00 PM 1395 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 3159 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:00 PM 1882 0.6
Breaking Bad MARATHON AMC 6:00 PM 1486 0.6
DVD ON TV FX 10:30 AM 1410 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 2055 0.6
BREAKING AMISH: LA TLC 9:00 PM 1514 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 2113 0.6
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 1306 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 3141 0.6
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 5:35 PM 1391 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 2947 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:30 PM 1619 0.6
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 9:30 PM 1195 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2142 0.5
BREAK HBOM 9:57 PM 1359 0.5
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 12:06 PM 1304 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 1149 0.5
CARS 2 DSNY 4:05 PM 2649 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE III LIF 9:00 PM 1374 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 1651 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 9:00 AM 2533 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1969 0.5
BREAKING BAD AMC 1:00 AM 1152 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 11:00 PM 982 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1820 0.5
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 4:29 PM 1283 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1284 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 3:00 PM 1600 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 2:00 PM 1576 0.5
BREAKING BAD AMC 12:15 AM 1104 0.5
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 1:12 PM 1125 0.5
SHREK TOON 6:00 PM 1963 0.5
AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 8:30 PM 3270 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1601 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:30 PM 1561 0.5
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 11:00 AM 1148 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE II LIF 7:00 PM 1412 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1141 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 1:00 PM 1415 0.5
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 3:23 PM 1146 0.4
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 2:18 PM 1046 0.4
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 10:30 PM 908 0.4
Shake It Up DSNY 9:00 PM 3037 0.4
BREAK HBOM 8:58 PM 1096 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 11:00 AM 1305 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 12:38 AM 760 0.4
EASTBOUND & DOWN HBOM 10:00 PM 693 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1400 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1465 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 5:49 PM 1201 0.4
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 1:30 PM 961 0.4
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 8:00 PM 1780 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE II LIF 11:02 PM 1025 0.4
NASCAR SPRINT CUP CNTDN L ESPN 1:00 PM 1370 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1347 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 12:00 PM 1413 0.4
MASTERS OF SEX S1 SHO1 10:00 PM 998 0.4
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1661 0.4
Criminal Minds AEN 12:00 PM 1264 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 AM 1103 0.3
Criminal Minds AEN 11:00 AM 1072 0.3
BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 9:54 AM 942 0.3
MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 7:00 PM 1358 0.3
CALL OF THE WILDMAN APL 9:00 PM 1147 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 11:00 AM 1262 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:30 PM 1513 0.3
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 11:01 PM 816 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1194 0.3
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 8:59 PM 786 0.3

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  • Nick

    Super Soul Sunday (OWN)
    -11 AM: 0.236 million viewers, 0.08 A18-49

    Six Little McGhees (OWN)
    -10 PM: 0.598 million viewers, 0.20 A18-49
    -10:30 PM: 0.485 million viewers, 0.18 A18-49

    Strike Back (Cinemax)
    -9/13: 0.417 million viewers, 0.12 A18-49
    -9/20: 0.447 million viewers, 0.17 A18-49

  • James

    Thanks Nick!!!

  • Mark3

    Soooo happy east bound gets a final season:)

  • Jackson

    Big thx, Nick. You’re a great guy.

  • Matthew

    Haha Kardashians better than Homeland!!! Take that Claire Danes

  • Jon

    Those that say MoS had bad numbers dont even know what they are saying “Girls” has worse ratings don’t know what they are saying plus these numbers are about the same what Homeland had in season 1.

  • Kike Kikerson

    Masters of Sex was pretty good. Hopefully the early streamers come back next week live to make the ratings respectable.

    I’m one of the seemingly few people who is enjoying Low Winter Sun, but it looks like its not coming back next year. Nail in the coffin is AMC shoehorning the final two episodes in a “2 hour finale” to get it over with.

    Breaking Bad was great as expected. Idk why people watch Talking Bad or Talking ANYTHING for that matter, but its always a hit.

    Homeland seems to keep the same so-so audience no matter what the hype is.

    Boardwalk Empire chugging along with the same audience as well. Its criminally good though and HBO seems to be happy, so I’m in for the long haul.

    Eastbound and Down was funny as usual. I don’t think it will ever reach S1 status in terms of laughs or quality, but its a fun 25 minutes to spend on Sunday night after all the serious dramas smash each other.

    Sunday nights are insane right now.

  • Ron

    Thanks @Ultima it’s very interesting that BB got picked up after those first two seasons. I’m guessing the critical acclaim and fans really helped. Most cable series wouldn’t have made it.

  • forg

    Amazing for Breaking Bad

  • ChuckLovesU

    Big mistake canceling The Killing AMC. TK never dropped as low as LWS. AMC is going to need established shows next year, and all it will have is TWD and MM. No garrentee the two new shows will be successful. The BB spin off will probably be a hit.

  • stiller

    Wow, LWS didn’t make the list (as expected) but the Breaking Bad rerun after it (which was past midnight) and the Breaking Bad marathon episode from 9 in the morning did.
    But the finale was a television event, not just an episode, so it’s easy to see why :D

  • Dan

    PLEASE ANSWER:

    Why is LIV AND MADDIE , not listed, it was an original episode. Can you reply

  • redlock

    @Dan:
    Because tvbtn ”only receive(s) the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our principal source.” You can bet that ”Liv&Maddie” falls way out of that demo.

    via tfc:
    Liv and Maddie (8:00) – Disney
    2.943 million viewers, #25; 0.470 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #37

    @Nick:
    Thanks for the additional ratings!! It’s higly appreciated.

  • veronica

    Low Winter Sun is a good show. It’s not a police procedural by any means. Needs more time to finish the story. Give us a season 2.

  • BBFan

    Nick can you provide the BBCA ratings for Miracle Day, the Dr Who specials that aired on Sunday & Dramaville? Thanks in advance!

    Homeland was good, & SHO cares more about L7 nielsens than premiere night. There interested mostly in the # of the unique viewers the show attracts. Masters of Sex was mostly boring. If SHO doesn’t put out a press release on either’s L7 we can assume they weren’t noteworthy.

  • John

    Nick, can you send me Degrassi ratings for this past season? thanks

  • dendu

    Hell on Wheels (9:00) – AMC
    2.101 million viewers; 0.572 million adults 18-49 (0.5 rating)
    Source: thefutoncritic

  • I like this show

    Kudos to Breaking Bad on giving it’s fans a real ending unlike Dexter or The Sopranos. Breaking Bad and The Shield 2 best dramas EVER!

    @Karin….you want to talk about a show that the hype needs to stop for? That would be Homeland! Season 3 opener snoozefest! Homeland used to deserve it’s praise but that was 2 seasons ago.

    AMC may be in trouble…LWS i was bored with after the pilot..doesn’t help it has the worst TV character EVER! (Ziggy from the wire) as one of the main characters i don’t even know his name on LWS. Breaking Bad is done…Mad Men i think raps next year AND…the rest of their shows are meh besides Walking dead which is really hit or miss. Better call Saul hopefully is a hit.

  • AwesomeAndrew

    Hi Nick,

    I hope I’m not too late. Can you please post the ratings for Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, both this week’s New Mexico episode and last week’s Granada, Spain episode if possible. Thanks!

  • Dan

    Red lock,

    Thanks so much, but the numbers you gave would have LNM fall in the chart, and it didn’t appear,

    And secondly thanks again, and where did you get the ratings from?.

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