Monday, March 22, 2021

Big Love (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Big Love' premiered March 12, 2006 behind the sixth season premiere of the hit series 'The Sopranos.' The program logged a solid 2.2/6 adults 18-49 rating/share and 4.56 million viewers though this was only about half of its 'Sopranos' lead-in (4.5/10 & 9.47 million). The show remained relatively stable through its first season, falling as low as only 3.4 million, but concluded on a strong note with 4.55 million. A second season aired in the summer of 2007 but aired on Mondays instead of Sundays without any notable lead-in or lead-out. As a result, the numbers tumbled, averaging just 1.93 million viewers vs. 4 million the year before. A third season aired in early 2009 and began quite low with just 1.16 million viewers, but steadily rose throughout the season and concluded up to 2.7 million, averaging about the same as the second season. The numbers trended downward in both the fourth season (2010) and fifth season (2011) with the latter averaging 1.15 million. The show was cancelled after five seasons. Note: very little 18-49 information is known for seasons 1 and 3, so averages are not included in the tables. 

Big Love Season 1 Ratings (2006)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Mar. 12, 20064.562.2/6
Mar. 19, 20063.4-
Mar. 26, 20063.7-
Apr. 2, 20063.5-
Apr. 9, 20064.197-
Apr. 16, 20063.940-
Apr. 23, 20064.248-
Apr. 30, 20064.03-
May 7, 20064.04-
May 14, 20063.8-
May 21, 20064.1-
Jun. 4, 20064.55-
Average4.01-

Big Love Season 2 Ratings (2007)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Jun. 11, 20072.2051.1/3
Jun. 18, 20071.530.8/2
Jun. 25, 20071.6560.8/2
Jul. 2, 20071.6270.8/2
Jul. 9, 20071.8590.9/3
Jul. 16, 20071.3260.9/3
Jul. 23, 20071.8660.9/3
Jul. 30, 20072.0201.0/3
Aug. 6, 2007--
Aug. 13, 2007--
Aug. 19, 20072.341.1/3
Aug. 26, 20072.88-
Average1.930.9

Big Love Season 3 Ratings (2009)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Jan. 18, 20091.160.6/1
Jan. 25, 20091.4-
Feb. 1, 20091.50.7/1
Feb. 8, 20091.91-
Feb. 15, 20092.01.0/2
Feb. 22, 2009--
Mar. 1, 20092.4-
Mar. 8, 2009--
Mar. 15, 20092.3-
Mar. 22, 20092.7-
Average1.92-

Big Love Season 4 Ratings (2010)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Jan. 10, 20101.7280.8/2
Jan. 17, 20101.5400.8/2
Jan. 24, 20101.6700.8/2
Jan. 31, 20101.5200.7/2
Feb. 7, 20101.3080.6/1
Feb. 14, 20101.5010.6/2
Feb. 21, 20101.7050.8/2
Feb. 28, 20101.9230.9/2
Mar. 7, 20101.7140.8/2
Average1.6230.8

Big Love Season 5 Ratings (2011)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Jan. 16, 20111.2090.5/1
Jan. 23, 20111.1220.5/1
Jan. 30, 20111.0330.4/1
Feb. 6, 20110.7730.4/1
Feb. 13, 20110.9920.4/1
Feb. 20, 20111.0400.5/1
Feb. 27, 20111.0530.5/1
Mar. 6, 20111.3630.6/2
Mar. 13, 20111.3730.6/2
Mar. 20, 20111.5650.7/2
Average1.1520.51

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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