Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Carnivàle (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Carnivàle' premiered September 14, 2003 behind the mid-season finale of 'Sex and the City' and was able to retain a sizable chunk of that lead-in - logging a 2.6/7 adults 18-49 rating/share with 5.33 million viewers vs. 4.0/10 & 7.65 million for 'Sex'. The numbers remained relatively strong throughout the first season, only dropping below 3 million once, and averaging 3.6 million viewers over 12 episodes. A second season aired in 2005 to disappointing results - premiering with just 1.81 million viewers (& 1.5/3 in 18-49) and averaging just 1.7 million viewers over its run. It concluded on a high-note with 2.4 million, but that wasn't enough to warrant a renewal so the program was cancelled after just 2 seasons. Note: viewership average for season 2 comes from official published sources and is not calculated from the available data in the table.

Carnivale Season 1 Ratings (2003)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Sept. 14, 20035.3253.4
Sept. 21, 20033.4902.4
Sept. 28, 20033.5732.3
Oct. 5, 20032.8781.9
Oct. 12, 20033.3132.1
Oct. 19, 20033.4082.2
Oct. 26, 20033.9062.4
Nov. 2, 20032.9652.0
Nov. 9, 20033.4192.2
Nov. 16, 20033.1991.9
Nov. 23, 20034.1882.6
Nov. 30, 20033.5292.3
Average3.602.3

Carnivale Season 2 Ratings (2005)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Jan. 9, 20051.8141.0
Jan. 16, 20051.7301.1
Jan. 23, 2005--
Jan. 30, 2005--
Feb. 6, 20051.1040.7
Feb. 13, 20051.5-
Feb. 20, 2005--
Feb. 27, 20051.74-
Mar. 6, 20051.96-
Mar. 13, 20052.5001.5
Mar. 20, 20051.97-
Mar. 27, 20052.4-
Average1.71.1

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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