Friday, December 18, 2020

Six Feet Under (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Six Feet Under' premiered June 3, 2001 to 4.97 million viewers, down about a million from its strong 'Sex and the City' lead-in (5.93 million). As the season progressed it began running much closer to 'Sex' with less than a 50K viewer difference in the Jul. 15, 2001 installment (5.37 million vs. 5.33 million). The show closed out its first season to a series-best 7.06 million viewers, and averaged nearly 5.5 million over the course of the season. Viewership peaked in its second season (2002) where it averaged 5.65 million, but fell sharply in seasons three and four where it averaged 4.8 million & 3.7 million respectfully. A fifth and final season premiered in the summer of 2005 but aired on Mondays instead of Sundays for its first 5 episodes where it struggled: averaging only 2.06 million viewers. The move back to Sundays didn't drastically improve things, but the viewership for the last 7 episodes did have a noticeable increase to 2.79 million. The program concluded on August 21, 2005 to 3.9 million viewers having aired a total of 63 episodes. Note: household (HH) ratings are used in lieu of 18-49 ratings as 18-49 ratings were not available for the vast majority of this program's episodes. 

Six Feet Under Season 1 Ratings (2001)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Jun. 3, 20014.9743.6
Jun. 10, 20013.8882.5
Jun. 17, 20014.1592.8
Jun. 24, 20015.6833.5
Jul. 1, 20014.6383.2
Jul. 8, 20015.2923.7
Jul. 15, 20015.3253.5
Jul. 22, 20015.6853.7
Jul. 29, 20015.8173.8
Aug. 5, 20015.5433.6
Aug. 12, 20016.144.0
Aug. 19, 20016.6684.3
Aug. 19, 20017.0564.5
Average5.4513.6

Six Feet Under Season 2 Ratings (2002)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Mar. 3, 20026.2434.0
Mar. 10, 20024.6373.0
Mar. 17, 20025.6783.5
Mar. 24, 20024.4282.7
Mar. 31, 20025.3733.3
Apr. 7, 20026.5974.1
Apr. 14, 20026.0994.0
Apr. 21, 20026.9654.3
Apr. 28, 20026.2484.0
May 5, 20025.6603.6
May 12, 20025.7923.6
May 19, 20024.2942.7
Jun. 2, 20025.4873.4
Average5.6543.6

Six Feet Under Season 3 Ratings (2003)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Mar. 2, 20035.0863.5
Mar. 9, 20035.1293.2
Mar. 16, 20034.4142.8
Mar. 23, 20034.1302.7
Mar. 30, 20034.8653.1
Apr. 6, 20035.2333.4
Apr. 13, 20033.8952.6
Apr. 20, 20034.4803.0
Apr. 27, 20034.6233.1
May 4, 20035.1453.3
May 11, 20035.0713.2
May 18, 20034.6563.1
Jun. 1, 20035.7753.6
Average4.8083.1

Six Feet Under Season 4 Ratings (2004)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Jun. 13, 20044.162.7
Jun. 20, 20043.9332.4
Jun. 27, 20043.90-
Jul. 11, 20043.63-
Jul. 18, 20043.6632.3
Jul. 25, 20043.80-
Aug. 1, 20043.4902.2
Aug. 8, 20043.948-
Aug. 15, 20043.2992.2
Aug. 22, 20043.3612.1
Aug. 29, 20043.5252.3
Sept. 12, 20043.7292.3
Average3.6952.3

Six Feet Under Season 5 Ratings (2005)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Jun. 6, 20052.6241.6
Jun. 13, 20052.0981.3
Jun. 20, 20051.9191.4
Jun. 27, 20052.1851.4
Jul. 4, 20051.5-
Jul. 10, 20052.2341.5
Jul. 17, 20052.2931.5
Jul. 24, 20052.4551.6
Jul. 31, 20052.5431.7
Aug. 7, 20052.8511.9
Aug. 14, 20053.2522.1
Aug. 21, 20053.8932.4
Average2.4871.7

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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