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October 9, 2018

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.7.2018

 

 

 

 

NETWORK FINALS:  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL adjusted to 6.0, down 0.1 from last week’s game.  In addition, BOB’S BURGERS gained 0.1 and FAMILY GUY lost 0.1 in final numbers.

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

 

CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  The days of AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD being a ratings phenomenon seem to be coming to an end.  The Season 9 premiere fell 51% from 2017’s 5.03 to 2.49 (and down an incredible 70% from the 2016 premiere).  That’s still a very strong number, of course, but if WALKING DEAD follows its usual pattern, it will fall steeply next week, and will soon dip below 2.0, a hit rather than a blockbuster.  It’s still in no danger, but another yearly drop like this one and the conversation may be different.  (The idea has been floated that a significant number of viewers may have paid to see the premiere a day early and without commercials on AMC’s new premium service, but there are no hard numbers to back that up.)  TALKING DEAD fell 1.31 (63%) from last season’s premiere to 0.77.  (Note that the WALKING DEAD BONUS in 2nd place was an augmented version of last season’s finale.)

BBCAmerica’s premiere of DOCTOR WHO had an unusual airing at 1:45 ET (and 10:45AM PT) to sync with the British launch.  In the US, it was strong for that time of day at 0.45.

The arrival of THE WALKING DEAD may have disrupted some of the night’s other shows, although not all of them.  Adult Swim’s late-night VENTURE BROTHERS jumped 0.09 to 0.40.  On Showtime, SHAMELESS slipped 0.03 to 0.34, KIDDING  fell 0.04 to 0.05, THE CIRCUS ticked down to 0.05/263K, and FAMILY BUSINESS was at 0.02/197K.  On HBO, LAST WEEK TONIGHT dropped 0.06 to 0.31, the season finale of BALLERS fell 0.08 to 0.26, and THE DEUCE actually ticked up to 0.13. Hallmark’s CHESAPEAKE SHORES ticked down to 0.22.  TNT’s THE LAST SHIP was steady at 0.19.  Lifetime’s YOU held at 0.18.  On Starz, WARRIORS OF LIBERTY remained at 0.02/71K, and AMERICA TO ME dropped a tick to 0.01/36K.

Unscripted cable was led by Fox Sports 1’s MLB PLAYOFFS game at 0.88.  (MLB Network’s game was at 0.43.)  TLC’s 90 DAY FIANCE fell 0.15 to 0.67, and UNEXPECTED was at 0.31.  On E!, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS dropped 0.09 to 0.39, and ASHLEE & EVAN was down a tick to 0.20.  Food Network’s HALLOWEEN WARS was at 0.38, compared to last week’s 0.66/0.48/0.41, and HAUNTED GINGERBREAD SHOWDOWN was at 0.28.  Bravo’s MARRIED TO MEDICINE ticked down to 0.37.  HGTV’s line-up was topped by CARIBBEAN LIFE at 0.34/0.32, compared to last week’s 0.27/0.25.  Discovery’s ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER returned at 0.33/0.26, with an EXPEDITION UNKNOWN lead-out at 0.23.  ID’s ON THE CASE lost 0.07 to 0.23.  

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Sunday October 7, 2018 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 86 2.49 6,076
2 WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC 7:48 PM 72 0.99 2,917
3 MLB NL DIVISION SERIES L: LOS ANGELES DODGERS/ATLANTA BRAVES 3 FOX SPORTS 1 8:00 PM 228 0.88 3,022
4 TALKING DEAD AMC 10:26 PM 60 0.77 2,223
5 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90: N/A TLC 8:00 PM 120 0.67 2,207
6 NFL COUNTDOWN           L: N/A ESPN 10:00 AM 180 0.49 1,120
7 DOCTOR WHO BBC-AMERICA 1:45 PM 90 0.45 1,367
8 DIVISION SERIES GAME: 2018 NLDS MIL AT COL GM 3 MLB NETWORK 4:38 PM 195 0.43 2,004
9 VENTURE BROTHERS ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 30 0.40 770
10 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 59 0.39 809
11 HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.38 1,296
12 MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 0.37 956
13 CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 30 0.34 1,397
14 SHAMELESS S9 SHOWTIME PRIME 9:03 PM 53 0.34 1,002
15 BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 30 0.34 1,269
16 ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.33 2,215
17 BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:30 PM 30 0.33 1,323
18 CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:30 PM 30 0.32 1,409
19 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 60 0.32 736
20 LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO PRIME 11:06 PM 30 0.31 999
21 UNEXPECTED: N/A TLC 10:00 PM 120 0.31 924
22 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:00 AM 60 0.30 678
23 MLB NLDS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 1 11:48 PM 36 0.30 912
24 NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE L: DOVER NBC SPORTS NETWORK 2:27 PM 202 0.30 2,009
25 PREMIER LEAGUE L: MANCHESTER CITY/LIVERPOOL NBC SPORTS NETWORK 11:26 AM 124 0.29 750
26 ISLAND LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:00 PM 30 0.28 1,441
27 HAUNTED GINGERBREAD SHOWD FOOD NETWORK 10:00 PM 60 0.28 1,016
28 BALLERS HBO PRIME 10:02 PM 31 0.26 597
29 ALASKA: LAST FRONTIER SPC DISCOVERY CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.26 1,670
30 MADAGASCAR 3 EUROPES MOST: MADAGASCAR 3 EUROPES MOST NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 120 0.26 892
31 ISLAND LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:30 PM 30 0.24 1,256
32 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 60 0.23 591
33 ON THE CASE WITH PZ INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 60 0.23 951
34 SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:00 AM 90 0.23 507
35 MOVIE- ORIGINAL PREM: GIRL IN THE BATHTUB, THE LIFETIME TELEVISION 8:00 PM 120 0.23 904
36 EXP UNKNOWN: AFTERLIFE DISCOVERY CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.23 975
37 CHESAPEAKE SHORES HALLMARK CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.22 1,662
38 DOCTOR WHO S11 POSTSHOW BBC-AMERICA 3:15 PM 15 0.21 782
39 NASCAR CUP SERIES START L NBC SPORTS NETWORK 2:03 PM 24 0.21 1,399
40 NFL GAMEDAY MORNING: N/A NFL NETWORK 9:00 AM 240 0.20 561
41 ASHLEE & EVAN E! 10:00 PM 30 0.20 427
42 LAST SHIP, THE TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 9:00 PM 60 0.19 1,047
43 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.19 2,052
44 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 7:00 AM 60 0.18 472
45 YOU LIFETIME TELEVISION 10:00 PM 65 0.18 570
46 BEN SHAPIRO ELECTION SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.18 1,796
47 EXP UNKNOWN: AFTER SEARCH DISCOVERY CHANNEL 11:00 PM 60 0.17 729
48 DOCTOR WHO S11 PRESHOW BBC-AMERICA 1:15 PM 30 0.17 631
49 MEDIA BUZZ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.17 1,778
50 90 DAY FIANCE BT90D: MORE: N/A TLC 6:00 PM 120 0.16 632
51 NEXT REVOLUTION, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.16 1,864
52 NFL GAMEDAY HIGHLIGHTS NFL NETWORK 7:30 PM 60 0.16 470
53 DOCTOR WHO S11 SPECIAL BBC-AMERICA 8:00 PM 105 0.16 515
54 FANTASY SHOW   L: N/A ESPN2 10:00 AM 180 0.16 351
55 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.15 1,853
56 NASCAR CUP SERIES POST NBC SPORTS NETWORK 5:49 PM 46 0.15 1,139
57 LIFE, LIBERTY AND LEVIN FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.15 1,907
58 SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.15 1,837
59 SUNDAY MOVIE: SWEENEY TODD (2007) FREEFORM 8:40 PM 160 0.15 395
60 PREMIER LEAGUE L: CHELSEA/SOUTHAMPTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK 9:11 AM 135 0.14 361
61 GAME NIGHT HBO PRIME 7:15 PM 100 0.14 359
62 MLBT DIVISION POSTGAME MLB NETWORK 7:53 PM 69 0.14 586
63 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ESPN 8:00 PM 60 0.14 370
64 DEUCE, THE HBO PRIME 9:01 PM 59 0.13 494
65 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.13 1,569
66 FLEA MARKET FLIP HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:30 AM 30 0.13 816
67 NFL GAMEDAY LIVE: N/A NFL NETWORK 1:00 PM 210 0.12 368
68 THIS IS LIFE CNN 10:00 PM 60 0.12 543
69 MLB NLDS PRE GAME L FOX SPORTS 1 7:30 PM 30 0.12 435
70 NASCAR CUP COUNTDOWN NBC SPORTS NETWORK 1:30 PM 33 0.11 673
71 WALKOFF STORIES FOX SPORTS 1 12:24 AM 57 0.11 368
72 NORTH WOODS LAW ANIMAL PLANET 9:00 PM 61 0.11 522
73 MOST TERRIFYING PLACES IN TRAVEL CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.11 364
74 NFL GAMEDAY LIVE: N/A NFL NETWORK 4:30 PM 180 0.11 364
75 FLEA MARKET FLIP HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 AM 30 0.11 662
76 ANCIENT ALIENS A&E NETWORK 1:03 AM 59 0.11 351
77 MEGA MAN 2018 THE CARTOON NETWORK 6:30 AM 30 0.10 235
78 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.10 1,374
79 DOCTOR WHO S11 SPCL POST BBC-AMERICA 9:45 PM 15 0.10 361
80 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.10 1,210
81 FOX NEWS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.10 1,342
82 SNAPPED OXYGEN MEDIA 6:00 PM 60 0.10 373
83 STATE OF THE UNION CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.10 718
84 PARTS UNKNOWN CNN 9:00 PM 60 0.10 566
85 PARANORMAL SURVIVOR TRAVEL CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.10 312
86 HOW IT REALLY HAPPENED HLN 8:00 PM 60 0.10 413
87 FOX REPORT WITH JON SCOTT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 PM 60 0.10 1,223
88 HOW IT REALLY HAPPENED HLN 9:00 PM 60 0.09 443
89 ANCIENT ALIENS A&E NETWORK 9:00 PM 59 0.09 396
90 MILO MURPHYS LAW DISNEY CHANNEL 7:00 AM 30 0.09 423
91 SNAPPED: KILLER COUPLES OXYGEN MEDIA 7:00 PM 60 0.09 283
92 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ESPN 7:00 PM 60 0.09 239
93 FAREED ZAKARIA: GPS CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.08 823
94 INSIDE POLITICS CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.08 587
95 FXX MOVIE PRIME FXX 8:01 PM 119 0.08 256
96 NFL GAMEDAY PRIME NFL NETWORK 11:30 PM 60 0.08 229
97 FERDINAND HBO PRIME 12:15 PM 108 0.08 250
98 DR. KS EXOTIC ANIMAL ER NAT GEO WILD 9:00 PM 60 0.08 453
99 POWERNATION: TRUCK TECH PARAMOUNT 10:00 AM 30 0.08 242
100 JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 3:00 PM 60 0.08 1,112
101 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 11:00 PM 30 0.08 298
102 PARANORMAL SURVIVOR TRAVEL CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.08 267
103 PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 9:00 AM 11 0.08 221
104 POWERNATION: EXT OFF ROAD PARAMOUNT 9:30 AM 30 0.08 219
105 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:00 PM 60 0.08 231
106 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.08 450
107 LIGA MX L: PUEBLA / LOBOS BUAP UNIVISION DEPORTES 7:00 PM 120 0.08 193
108 STAR WARS RESISTANCE DISNEY CHANNEL 10:00 PM 55 0.08 336
109 MLS REGULAR SEASON      L: DC UNITED/CHICAGO FIRE ESPN 1:00 PM 126 0.08 175
110 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.07 1,068
111 AM JOY: N/A MSNBC 10:00 AM 120 0.07 752
112 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.07 978
113 RELIABLE SOURCES CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.07 686
114 POWERNATION: DETRO MUSCLE PARAMOUNT 10:30 AM 30 0.07 262
115 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 7:00 PM 60 0.07 381
116 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM ESPNEWS 10:00 AM 60 0.07 155
117 CHIPS HBO PRIME 5:30 PM 101 0.07 159
118 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.07 287
119 UNCENSORED TV ONE 10:00 PM 60 0.07 190
120 BET HER: BREAST CANCER BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 7:00 PM 62 0.07 234
121 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 8:00 AM 60 0.06 249
122 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.06 435
123 POKER ESPN 9:00 PM 60 0.06 198
124 GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL: WEEKEND NFL NETWORK 7:00 AM 120 0.06 172
125 NEW DAY SUNDAY CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.06 381
126 UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD TV ONE 9:00 PM 60 0.06 217
127 NASCAR VICTORY LAP NBC SPORTS NETWORK 6:35 PM 55 0.06 386
128 BARNWOOD BUILDERS DIY NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.06 364
129 CONTACTO DEPORTIVO L UNIVISION DEPORTES 9:00 PM 60 0.06 139
130 FLEA MARKET FLIP GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 8:00 PM 30 0.06 247
131 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.06 438
132 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.06 376
133 LARRYMANIA S7 UNIVERSO 9:00 PM 60 0.06 128
134 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 10:00 AM 60 0.06 216
135 E:60 ESPN2 9:00 AM 60 0.06 136
136 POLITICS NATION MSNBC 8:00 AM 60 0.06 450
137 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.06 392
138 HEADLINERS MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 0.06 580
139 CONCACAF WOMENS CHAMP L FOX SPORTS 1 5:00 PM 119 0.05 192
140 TOOTH FAIRY HBO PRIME 2:05 PM 102 0.05 163
141 LOUD HOUSE NICKTOONS 10:00 PM 30 0.05 194
142 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 9:00 AM 60 0.05 200
143 NEW DAY SUNDAY CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.05 453
144 DATELINE MSNBC 6:00 AM 60 0.05 246
145 KASIE DC: N/A MSNBC 7:00 PM 120 0.05 544
146 AMHQ WEEKEND THE WEATHER CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.05 263
147 WEEKEND RECHARGE THE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.05 290
148 PREMIER LEAGUE L: ARSENAL/FULHAM NBC SPORTS NETWORK 6:55 AM 125 0.05 170
149 MLBT DIVISION PREGAME MLB NETWORK 3:14 PM 84 0.05 239
150 KIDDING S1 SHOWTIME PRIME 10:00 PM 28 0.05 199

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About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.




20 Comments


  1. Owen

    The Last Ship on TNT?


  2. Owen

    Avengers Assemble – Black Panthers Quest on Disney XD at 9pm?


  3. ChrisM

    The overall for Doctor Who seems disappointing. You would expect, after so many years, that having a woman take over the role would draw in a lot of viewers, including older ones who watched back in the day, to check her out.

    That post Who special with Wil Wheaton was odd. It was billed as a “watch party”, but there were only three people plus the host, and no audience. it came off more as a celebrity infomercial.


    • JamesG

      Doctor Who did its best number in 10 years in the UK. Here it was at a weird time since they went with the live simulcast, 10:45am for me. It was still up 50% from the last season premiere.


      • ChrisM

        I had forgotten that they also repeated the episode until about 6am eastern. I don’t know if we’ll ever know those numbers unless BBC America “spins the numbers”. Even if we did, we won’t know how many viewers were unique and not repeat viewers. I, myself, saw the 2am airing.


  4. Ryan

    Can I have: ‘Air Disasters’ (8pm) and ‘Mighty Ships’ (9pm) on Smithsonian? Thanks.


  5. Martin

    Do you have Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest at 9 PM on Disney XD?


  6. Jonathan

    I guess viewers are resisting Star Wars.


  7. Flowbee Rida

    Are the Doctor Who numbers only for the initial airing? Would be interesting, if they were, to know total viewers over the 7 airings of the episode.



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