Friday, February 26, 2016


Select Ratings from Original Cable telecasts on Sunday February 21, 2016:

AMC's THE WALKING DEAD commanded the day, beating everything on both broadcast and cable with 13.48M viewers & a 6.58 in the 18-49s (down from last week's 13.74M/6.75). TALKING DEAD scored well with 5.69M viewers (down from 6.44M), and with a 2.68 18-49 rating (down from 3.1), it beat everything on the broadcast networks. LAST WEEK TONIGHT, on HBO, dropped to 919K (from 1.02M), and the season premiere of GIRLS notched 489,000 viewers - down from last year's premiere (680K), and finale (687K), and was the fifth-least watched episode in the shows history. Showtime's SHAMELESS ticked up to 1.66M (from 1.59M), BILLIONS rose to 1.17M (from 1.01M), and THE CIRCUS was up to 198,000 (from 162K). A SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED special on HMM brought in 807,000 viewers, up slightly from the 2 most recent specials on September 13, 2015 (806K), and October 4, 2015 (798K). Among lower-rated cables, Smithsonian's AIR DISASTERS was up to 256,000 (from 209K), and SUPERCAR SUPERBUILD jumped to 131,000 (from 69K). Finally, on Ovation, RACHEL HUNTER'S TOUR OF BEAUTY ticked up to 28,000 (from 25K), but LILY COLE'S ART MATTERS was down to 2,000 (from 5K).

On HBO, VINYL dropped to 667,000 in its second week (from 764K), an 87% retention week-to-week. In terms of HBO dramas, only 3 have had better retention going from the series premiere to week 2; TRUE BLOOD began with 1.44M viewers for its premiere in 2008 and rose to 1.79M in week 2 (124%), GAME OF THRONES began with 2.22M in 2011 and was at 2.20M in week 2 (99%), THE LEFTOVERS began with 1.767M in 2014 and was at 1.553M in week 2 (88%). TELL ME YOU LOVE ME had the same 87% retention, scoring 910K for its series premiere, then 793K in week 2. For the record, the 2 HBO dramas with the worst retention for the first 2 episodes were and LUCK with 37% (1.143M to 425K), and JOHN FROM CINCINNATI with 37% (3.42M to 1.21M).

Program TitleChannel18-49
Viewers 2+
Disneyland 60ABC1.791.36.908TIMES
Shark TankABC1.150.84.0238pm-8:30pm31.6
60 MinutesCBS1.120.610.6708:30pm-9pm33.6
Madam SecretaryCBS1.220.710.7259pm-9:30pm35.3
The Good WifeCBS0.980.57.9149:30pm-10pm35.7
CSI: CyberCBS0.950.46.69110pm-10:30pm33.0
Tribute to James BurrowsNBC1.330.85.48630 Minute Breakdowns:

Madam: 1.27, 1.16
Wife: 1.05, 0.92
Cyber: 0.96, 0.91
Dateline: 0.94, 1.04,
                1.25, 1.39
Burrows: 1.45, 1.34,
                1.28, 1.27
Bob's BurgersFOX1.060.92.292
Cooper BarrettFOX0.820.71.871
Family GuyFOX1.331.12.719
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 DeadAMC13.483
Talking DeadAMC5.693
Real Housewives AtlantaBravo3.170
Keeping Up with the KardashiansE!1.900
Real Housewives PotomacBravo1.619
NBA: LA Lakers/ChicagoESPN1.645
Venture BrothersAdult Swim1.075
Ax MenHistory1.715
What What Happens LiveBravo1.116
Beachfront Bargain Hunt (8:30pm)HGTV1.776
Hollywood MediumE!1.062
Cutthroat KitchenFood Network0.984
Beachfront Bargain Hunt (8pm)HGTV1.611
Guy's Grocery GamesFood Network1.171
All-Star AcademyFood Network1.175
Caribbean Life (9pm)HGTV1.548
Comic Book MenAMC0.721
Last Week TonightHBO0.919
Evil Lives HereID1.227
Caribbean Life (9:30pm)HGTV1.495
Island Life (10pm)HGTV1.483
Island Life (10:30pm)HGTV1.491
Liv and MaddieDisney1.806
Best Friends WheneverDisney1.643
Long Island MediumTLC1.162
Unusual SuspectsID1.130
Brunch at Bobby'sFood Network0.792
Married By Mom & DadTLC0.818
NHL: Detroit/NY RangersNBCSN0.694
When Calls the HeartHallmark1.702
Broken Skull ChallengeCMT0.485
North Woods LawAnimal0.735
Miraculous: Tales of LadyNickelodeon1.138
Brain GamesNat Geo0.427
Curse of the Frozen GoldAnimal0.483
Candidates Talk BackBET0.434
Signed, Sealed, DeliveredHMM0.807
Generation XNat Geo0.254
A HauntingDestination America0.234
Perus Wild KingdomNat Geo Wild0.407
The CircusShowtime0.198
Amazon UnderworldNat Geo Wild0.305
Wild ColombiaNat Geo Wild0.287
Tech GarageVelocity0.145
Air DisastersSmithsonian0.256
Supercar SuperbuildSmithsonian0.131
Rachel Hunter's Tour or BeautyOvation0.028
Lily Cole's Art MattersOvation0.002
Sources: Nielsen, ShowBuzzDaily, Programming Insider

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