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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.

 
  • Dillan

    Witches of East End :(

  • Mathew

    Hopefully witches falls more and diva gets a final season!

  • Joy B

    What the Kardashian’s aren’t on the list? Was it that low? That’s why he proposed today lol.

  • Mathew

    I want drop dead diva to get a final season!!! Btw that was the best episode this season!

  • poweranimals

    What are these other sources. #skeptical

  • 90s

    @ The Following is Brought To You In Living Color, Here on NBC

    What’s your source?

  • j

    Lol, Talking Dead’s first 2 eps got about the same ratings as Breaking Bad’s this season.

    Walking Dead has incredible acting? I’d say good, on average.
    Amazing writing? I’d say…solid, sometimes good.
    Bril character development? Erm…sometimes it can go into great.
    Edge of your seat drama? Well, 1 out of 4 then.

  • Paris

    SHOWTIME’S DANALAND ITS NOT DOING GOOD

  • RatingsRaceFan

    @Nick

    Could you provide the numbers for the following shows?

    Nickeldeon: Power Rangers Megaforce Saturday at 1pm
    Nicktoons: T.U.F.F. Puppy Sunday at 11:00am, Digimon Fusion Sunday at 11:30am
    Disney XD: Ultimate Spider-man Sunday at 11:00am, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Sunday at 11:30am
    Hub Network: Sabrina Saturday at 12:00pm, SheZow Saturday at 12:30pm, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour Saturday at 7:30pm

    Thank you for the all the numbers you provide us each week.

  • M

    @JoyB

    There was no kardashians this past Sunday which is why there not on the list

    Sucks for Witches… It’s actually a really good show

  • BBFan

    @Shep, that’s a common typo of mine. The mind says isn’t but the fingers stop at is.

    Unlike Charmed, & Secret Circle, Lifetime isn’t afraid to feature older actresses that can really act.

    @Mary, what you’re not seeing is the overall growth in scripted drama’s that are written like telenovelas. In less than 25 yrs time, Hispanics will represent the majority of people under 50 & in less than 10 yrs time they will be the majority of people under 35. These are mostly bilingual HH’s that grow up on telenovelas. The normal crime & passion stuff they can get on Telemundo & Galavision but these networks have yet to offer such shows in the sci-fi/horror/fantasy genres. So Under The Dome, Arrow, Walking Dead, Asylum, Coven, Sons of Anarchy, Longmire, Justified, etc. offer something they can’t get from their normal spanish language viewing.

    It won’t take long for execs to take notice of that though. I expect either Telemundo or Galavision to offer their own series in these genres within the next 3 yrs & to better compete vs them the 4 major networks will take greater risks there as well.

  • Jen

    This is a PSA: If you aren’t watching The Walking Dead because you think it’s just a “zombie show”… you are missing out! With its thrilling writing and brilliant acting, it is actually more about human nature than zombies. (Fight the Dead. Fear the Living.)

    That, and Rick Grimes is a stud.

  • M

    @BoredNow

    I agree.. I was one of those people that just thought of it a a zombie show and I gave it a chance last week and now I’m addicted about to start the third season… People give it a chance and you’ll see why it’s highest rated!

  • Nigel

    The Walking Dead is not about zombies. The comic is not about zombies. Zombies are like the weather.

  • Ray

    Oh no Witches! This is what happens when you feature cliched love triangles that no one cares about. People tune out.

  • Michael

    Witches Of East End is no Devious Maids or Client List for that matter.

  • Bored Now

    @j

    Obviously opinions on acting, writing and the like are subjective but I can’t imagine why you would think that the acting in particular on TWD was only good to average. I’d be interested to know what other shows (or other actors) you compare it to to give it such a low estimation.

    @M

    Addictive kinda show, isn’t it? So much more to it than people give it credit for.

    Don’t think I’ve ever replied to two letters of the alphabet in the same comment before. ;)

  • M

    @BoredNow

    Definitely not given enough credit!

    Lol funny about alphabet

    And people like to compare everything to Claire Danes because she has won the Emmy for less than stellar acting and a terrible show… She is the Paltrow of tv…. Walking dead and scandal should be getting Emmys!!!

  • Jenny

    Really enjoying Witches of East End! It deserves better ratings then this.

  • Tabbs

    Whoa! Masters of Sex fell out! It’s weird how some quality shows just can’t find an audience.

    Homeland continues to bleed slowly. It kind of deserves it.

    Witches of East End started out promising. Too bad.

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