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Sunday Cable Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Wins Night + 'Talking Dead', NASCAR, 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Guy's Grocery Games' & More

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October 22nd, 2013

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The Walking Dead premiere was Sunday's top cable program with a 7.1, down from last week's record-setting 8.2 premiere rating.  Talking Dead was second with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

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Selected Sunday Cable Ratings

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Walking Dead AMC 9:00 PM 13.945 7.1
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:01 PM 4.854 2.6
Walking Dead AMC 8:00 PM 2.930 1.2
Walking Dead AMC 11:00 PM 2.155 1.1
NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN 2:00 PM 4.916 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.010 1.0
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.512 1.0
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 2.706 1.0
NFL COUNTDOWN           L ESPN 10:00 AM 2.343 1.0
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:00 PM 2.479 0.9
BOBS Burgers ADSM 10:30 PM 1.848 0.9
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 7:30 PM 2.451 0.8
SPRINT CUP POST RACE    L ESPN 5:20 PM 3.653 0.8
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2.354 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 10:00 PM 1.776 0.8
Boardwalk Empire HBOM 9:03 PM 2.156 0.8
AMC FEARFEST AMC 6:00 PM 2.003 0.8
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 8:30 PM 2.152 0.8
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:30 PM 2.090 0.7
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.261 0.7
AMC FEARFEST AMC 4:00 PM 1.962 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2.554 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 8:30 PM 2.284 0.7
CHINA, IL ADSM 11:30 PM 1.407 0.7
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 2.000 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 2.499 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 2.246 0.7
HOMELAND S3 SHO1 9:00 PM 1.772 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 2.089 0.7
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 10:00 PM 1.374 0.7
AMC FEARFEST AMC 2:00 PM 1.717 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:00 PM 1.922 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 2.756 0.6
HALLOWEEN WARS 3 FOOD 9:00 PM 1.853 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:00 PM 1.935 0.6
WITCHES OF EAST END LIF 10:01 PM 1.689 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 2.027 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 9:30 PM 1.877 0.6
AMC FEARFEST AMC 12:00 PM 1.678 0.6
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 9:00 PM 2.378 0.6
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 5:30 PM 1.811 0.6
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:00 PM 1.509 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:00 PM 1.627 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:00 AM 2.523 0.6
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 8:00 PM 1.818 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 7:00 PM 1.406 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 1:30 AM 1.008 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 3:00 PM 1.852 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 2.638 0.6
Modern Family USA 11:00 PM 1.185 0.6
CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD 10:00 PM 1.460 0.6
Modern Family USA 10:30 PM 1.250 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2.450 0.5
CHOO CHOO SOUL DSNY 7:55 AM 1.973 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FAM 10:00 PM 1.265 0.5
Modern Family USA 10:00 PM 1.210 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.075 0.5
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 9:00 PM 1.851 0.5
Walking Dead AMC 1:00 AM 0.955 0.5
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 9:30 PM 1.883 0.5
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 8:25 AM 2.046 0.5
Walking Dead AMC 12:30 AM 0.959 0.5
Drop Dead Diva LIF 9:00 PM 1.769 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 1.300 0.5
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:00 AM 0.959 0.5
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P DSNY 8:00 AM 2.027 0.5
BREAK HBOM 9:59 PM 1.412 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 11:30 AM 2.177 0.5
NASCAR SPRINT CUP CNTDN L ESPN 1:00 PM 1.936 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:30 PM 1.315 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 2:00 PM 1.412 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:30 PM 1.458 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 1.709 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 1:00 AM 1.157 0.5
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 AM 1.696 0.4
Modern Family USA 9:00 PM 1.298 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 11:00 AM 1.777 0.4
YUKON MEN DISC 10:00 PM 1.830 0.4
DVD ON TV FX 8:30 AM 1.034 0.4
Modern Family USA 11:30 PM 0.991 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 AM 1.624 0.4
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 11:00 PM 0.976 0.4
AMC FEARFEST AMC 10:00 AM 1.005 0.4
MODERN FAMILY USA 9:30 PM 1.087 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE II LIF 7:00 PM 1.174 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 12:00 PM 1.615 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 8:00 PM 1.516 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 10:00 PM 1.250 0.4
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 8:00 PM 1.490 0.4
WHO THE BLEEP DID I MARRY TLC 7:30 PM 1.031 0.4
ALASKAN WOMEN LOOKING FOR TLC 10:00 PM 1.356 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 0.888 0.4
MARRIED WITH CHILDREN TBSC 7:30 AM 0.877 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 9:00 PM 1.463 0.3
Ancient Aliens HIST 7:00 PM 1.102 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 AM 1.452 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 AM 1.538 0.3
Ancient Aliens HIST 6:00 PM 0.974 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 AM 1.126 0.3
QUEER EYE REUNION BRVO 9:00 PM 0.865 0.3

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Nigel

    The question I ask is will all Walking Dead episodes beat the Breaking Bad series finale this season?

  • HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)

    Still second most watched cable telecast in history.

  • tom

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!! HALLOWEEN WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AN EMMY WINNING SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brock

    Why ask that question Nigel? Who cares?

  • Stefan

    @Nick
    WWE AM Raw please- Thanks in advance!

  • Paul

    Does anyone else notice Married With Children with a 0.4 on a Sunday morning? Crazy.

    The Walking Dead is mammoth. Note to the networks: make cutting age shows or we will watch cable. Enough with these generic cop dramas that are cookie cutter.

  • BBFan

    Nick, please provide adultswim Sat 18-49 especially Toonami. Likewise, please provide any other Sat 18-49 ratings you’d like us to know. Thanks a lot in advance!

    I believe the L7 for this ep of TWD will come close to the season premiere. The writers have gotten much smarter with what is evidently a larger budget. This was a human vs human engineered ep but this time the writers kept the culprit a mystery. I think the near collapse of the fence including leaving any impression on zombie faces was again an original idea I’ve not seen before.

    My wife & I caught up with Witches & we like it. Forget Charmed, & Secret Circle. This is a fox21 production & they’ve clearly had a fly on the wall with Coven’s production. Unlike those series, Lifetime is afraid to feature older actresses that can really act. The telenovela (like Client List) works well for the story.

  • Pete

    No Master of Sex? Ouch!

  • svsnt021

    @Nick
    Would you please post numbers for Sunday’s Sandwich King (FOOD, 11:00AM) and Saturday’s Heartland Table (FOOD, 10:30AM) and how did they fare against the other FOOD Sun AM and Sat AM shows respectively?

    As always, much thanks in advance!

  • Ganon

    @Nick

    Can you post the 18-49 ratings for Adult Swim’s Saturday 12:00-6:00 portion? Much thanks in advance.

  • Candy

    That rating for Witches doesn’t bode well.

  • 90s

    Nick, could we please know the following for Nickelodeon Saturday:

    AM:
    The Fairly Oddparents, Spongebob Squarepants, Sanjay and Craig, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rabbids Invasion, Monsters vs Aliens, Power Rangers

    PM:
    Sam and Cat, The Haunted Hathaways, The Thundermans

    Thank you!

  • Flarikker

    You notice the networks can’t even muster a 2.0 when Walking Dead comes on. I guess you can say the NETWORKS are the walking dead!

  • Shepherd

    @BBFan

    Lifetime IS afraid or ISN’T? your post kind of doesn’t make sense as written.

  • John A

    Great for TWD and Talking Dead. Nice to see Masters Of Sex down. Terrible show. The Witches of East End down but so was Drop Dead Diva. Witches is a trashy show but enjoyable. I wouldnt really care if it was canned anyway.

  • Anne

    Oh no Masters of Sex? Do you think Homeland will be renewed with those numbers?

  • Seth

    @Nick

    Vortexx CW Ratings in both K6-11 and 9-14 Demographic ratings including Yu-Gi-Oh and Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal?

  • Samunto

    Homeland has been so buzzless this season!

  • Pete

    Can we get the Masters of Sex numbers?

  • Mattia

    I hope that Lifetime will renew Drop Dead Diva for a final season, since the dropping of its ratings (despite the increase of the viewers) is due to the late renewal, and the staff had to arrange the new season by splitting it in two parts; this affected the results, DDD was not in its usual slot.

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