Monday, February 22, 2016


Select Ratings from Original Cable telecasts on Sunday February 14, 2016:

Happy Valentines Day! AMC's THE WALKING DEAD dominated the day with 13.74M viewers, and a 6.75 18-49 demo rating (6.37/7.14 for F/M); in 18-34s it notched a 6.15 and 25-54s it was at 7.22. The spring premiere was down from the fall finale on November 29th in viewership (13.98M) and in all demos 18-49 (7.02), 18-34 (6.38), and 25-54 (7.23); and was the lowest viewership for a spring premiere since February 10, 2013 (12.26M). TALKING DEAD, on the other hand, rose to a season-high 6.44M viewers (fall finale had 2.73M), and scored high marks in all demos: 18-49 (3.10), 18-34 (2.69), and 25-54 (3.40).

Elsewhere on cable, both Showime entires rose from last week: SHAMELESS to 1.59M viewers (from 1.16M), and BILLIONS to 1.01M (from 851K); its second-highest mark of the season. THE CIRCUS found 162,000 (from 85K). On HBO, VINYL premiered to a dismal 764,000 viewers and a 0.25 in the 18-49s (highest demo was a 0.40 in P 50+); the re-airing at 11:30pm had 371,000. It was the second-worst premiere of an HBO drama series ever as only 2008's IN TREATMENT premiered to a smaller audience (446K). Four previous HBO drama series were cancelled after only 1 season, and all premiered to higher numbers: TELL ME YOU LOVE ME (910K), K STREET (2.995M), JOHN FROM CINCINNATI (3.42M), & LUCK (1.143M). LAST WEEK TONIGHT premiered its third season to 1.02M viewers - the highest numbers since August 23, 2015. Among lower-rated cables, all 3 Ovation entires were down this week - RACHEL HUNTER'S TOUR OF BEAUTY to 25,000 (from 28K), THE ENVELOPE to 13,000 (from 19K), and LILY COLE'S ART MATTERS to 5,000 (from 16K).

Program TitleChannel18-49
Viewers 2+
Bachelor at 20ABC1.091.04.094TIMES
60 MinutesCBS1.180.710.4178:30pm-9pm33.4
Madam SecretaryCBS1.190.610.0619pm-9:30pm35.2
The Good WifeCBS0.960.57.9589:30pm-10pm35.4
CSI: CyberCBS0.890.56.30710pm-10:30pm33.4
SNL ValentinesNBC0.910.63.93310:30pm-11pm31.4
Tonight Show ValentinesCBS1.440.95.05130 Minute Breakdowns:

Castle: 0.77, 0.75
Madam: 1.26, 1.13
Good Wife: 0.97, 0.95
Fallon: 1.26, 1.35,
             1.55, 1.56
Bob's BurgersFOX0.970.82.046
Cooper Barrett's GuideFOX0.750.71.735
Family GuyFOX1.221.12.568
Source: Nielsen Media ResearchSource: Rick Kissell

Table is organized based on the show's 18-49 rating (which I do not list).
Program TitleChannelViewers 2+
The Walking DeadAMC13.742
Talking DeadAMC6.442
NBA Allstar GameTNT6.181
NBA Allstar Tip OffTNT3.540
Real Housewives AtlantaBravo2.600
Keeping Up with the KardashiansE!1.693
Real Housewives of PotomacBravo1.421
2016 NBA Allstar GameTBS1.433
Stuck in the MiddleDisney2.808
Hollywood MediumE!1.079
Worst CooksFood Network1.523
Alaska: The Last FrontierDiscovery1.877
Guy's Grocery GamesFood Network1.357
Beachfront Bargain Hunt (8pm)HGTV1.524
NBA Allstar Tip OffTBS1.011
Beachfront Bargain Hunt (8:30pm)HGTV1.656
Caribbean Life (9pm)HGTV1.584
Ax MenHistory1.534
Caribbean Life (9:30pm)HGTV1.481
Last Week TonightHBO1.018
Island Life (10:30pm)HGTV1.373
Island Life (10pm)HGTV1.418
Anything for LoveHallmark2.179
All-Star AcademyFood Network1.179
Evil Lives HereID1.146
Long Island MediumTLC1.255
NHL: Philly/NY RangersNBCSN0.738
Cutthroat KitchenFood Network0.818
Unusual SuspectsID1.255
North Woods LawAnimal1.053
Married by Mom and DadTLC0.762
Giada EntertainsFood Network0.840
Long Island MediumTLC0.829
Broken Skull ChallengeCMT0.545
Brunch at Bobbys Food Network0.799
Guy's Big BitesFood Network0.749
Barefoot ContessaFood Network0.770
Curse of Frozen GoldAnimal0.548
Brain GamesNat Geo0.408
Greatest Party AfterpartyMTV0.298
Adele: Live in LondonBBC America0.490
ExplorerNat Geo0.400
Lift Every VoiceBET0.408
Wild Sri Lanka (8pm)Nat Geo Wild0.342
Generation XNat Geo0.217
A HauntingDestination America0.237
The Horse WhispererHMM0.529
Wild Sri Lanka (9pm)Nat Geo Wild0.294
Ghost WhispererPop0.213
Flea Market FlipGAC0.313
The CircusShowtime0.162
Air DisastersSmithsonian0.209
Supercar SuperbuildsSmithsonian0.069
Rachel Hunter's Tour of BeautyOvation0.025
The Los Angeles Times: The EnvelopeOvation0.013
Lily Cole's Art MattersOvation0.005
Sources: Nielsen, ShowBuzzDaily, Programming Insider

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