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March 2, 2021

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.28.2021

 

 

 

 

NETWORK FINALS:  THE GOLDEN GLOBES adjusted to 1.52, down a calamitous 68% from 2020.  Elsewhere, NCIS:  NEW ORLEANS and BOB’S BURGERS adjusted up to the next tenth, while presumably as a result of sports, the adjusted number for CHERRIES WILD was down two-tenths.

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

 

CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD returned to finally end the season that started in Fall 2019, and at 0.92 it was down 0.28 from the February 2020 midseason premiere, not a bad result these days; TALKING DEAD also returned, down 0.05 to 0.32 from its last airing in March 2020.  (The “Walking Dead Bonus” show was a slightly augmented version of the most recent episode.)  Adult Swim’s MOMMA NAMED ME SHERIFF was at 0.24/0.19 compared to last week’s 0.18/0.15.  Hallmark’s WHEN CALLS THE HEART ticked down to 0.18.  On HBO, LAST WEEK TONIGHT dipped 0.03 to 0.15, and ALLEN V FARROW ticked down to 0.05.  On Showtime, SHAMELESS aired another clip show, steady at 0.06, THE CIRCUS ticked down to 0.02/211K, SUPERVILLIAN held at 0.02/78K, and DESUS & MERO lost a tick to 0.01/31K.  On Starz, AMERICAN GODS dropped 0.02 to 0.03/180K, MEN IN KILTS ticked up to 0.02/146K, and THE LUMINARIES held at 0.01/114K.

With the return of WALKING DEAD, TLC’s 90 DAY FIANCE slid out of the top Sunday cable slot, down 0.07 to 0.65, with SISTER WIVES ticked up to 0.33.  ESPN’s NBA game was at 0.53.  CPAC activity gave Fox News the biggest boost it’s had in a while, with the SPECIAL REPORT speech unsurprisingly on top at 0.53/0.80/5.7M, and with CNN’s STANLEY TUCCI show at 0.17/0.24/1.3M, and MSNBC’s WEEKENDS at 0.06/900K.  Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA lost 0.04 to 0.47.  NBC Sports Net’s PREMIER LEAGUE matches were at 0.30/0.14.  HGTV’s HOME TOWN ticked down to 0.29.  On History, THE FOOD THAT BUILT AMERICA was at 0.28 compared to last week’s 0.29/0.17, and MODERN MARVELS ticked down to 0.20.  MTV’s RIDICULOUSNESS was at 0.20/0.18.  Food Network’s WORST COOKS IN AMERICA slipped 0.02 to 0.20.  Discovery’s ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE was at 0.13. 

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Sunday February 28, 2021 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 62 0.92 2,891
2 90 DAY FIANCE: N/A TLC 8:00 PM 120 0.65 2,366
3 NBA REGULAR SEASON     L: GOLDEN STATE/LA LAKERS ESPN 8:14 PM 146 0.53 1,653
4 SR/TRUMP SPEAKS AT CPAC FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:47 PM 94 0.53 5,736
5 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 0.47 1,412
6 WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC 7:52 PM 68 0.41 1,582
7 BIG SUNDAY SHOW, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:21 PM 39 0.34 3,720
8 SISTER WIVES TLC 10:00 PM 60 0.33 1,565
9 NBA COURTSIDE  L ESPN 8:00 PM 14 0.32 1,008
10 TALKING DEAD AMC 10:02 PM 60 0.32 1,036
11 PREMIER LEAGUE L: MANCHESTER UNITED/CHELSEA NBC SPORTS NETWORK 11:26 AM 135 0.30 758
12 HOME TOWN HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 60 0.29 1,987
13 FOOD THAT BUILT AMERICA HISTORY 9:00 PM 63 0.28 1,157
14 AMERICA REPORTS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 47 0.28 3,148
15 HOME TOWN REPACK HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 60 0.27 1,589
16 MOMMA NAMED ME SHERIFF ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 15 0.24 454
17 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:40 PM 90 0.23 592
18 BIG SUNDAY SHOW, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.23 2,176
19 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN20 MTV 8:00 PM 30 0.20 538
20 MODERN MARVELS HISTORY 10:03 PM 62 0.20 974
21 NEXT REVOLUTION, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.20 1,883
22 WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 90 0.20 818
23 AMERICA REPORTS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 3:00 PM 60 0.19 2,485
24 LIFE, LIBERTY AND LEVIN FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.19 2,253
25 MOMMA NAMED ME SHERIFF ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 15 0.19 368
26 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN20 MTV 8:30 PM 30 0.18 505
27 WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALLMARK CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.18 2,179
28 PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 11:11 AM 15 0.18 417
29 DELICIOUS MISS BROWN FOOD NETWORK 12:00 PM 30 0.17 1,013
30 GIRL MEETS FARM FOOD NETWORK 11:00 AM 30 0.17 1,051
31 STANLEY TUCCI CNN 9:00 PM 60 0.17 1,321
32 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 10:00 AM 60 0.17 440
33 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 9:30 PM 30 0.17 508
34 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 7:00 PM 60 0.16 508
35 THE A&E MOVIE: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN A&E NETWORK 8:00 PM 241 0.16 463
36 LINCOLN CNN 10:00 PM 60 0.15 1,105
37 PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 1:41 PM 19 0.15 383
38 LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO PRIME 11:08 PM 35 0.15 659
39 PRES. TRUMP AT CPAC: N/A NEWSMAX TV 3:00 PM 270 0.14 1,063
40 PREMIER LEAGUE L: BURNLEY/TOTTENHAM NBC SPORTS NETWORK 8:58 AM 133 0.14 366
41 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 11:00 AM 60 0.14 385
42 PGA TOUR: WGC-MEXICO GOLF CHANNEL 12:00 PM 154 0.14 1,046
43 NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 7:00 PM 60 0.14 452
44 LONE STAR LAW ANIMAL PLANET 9:00 PM 61 0.13 635
45 LRC: 2021 GOLDEN GLOBE: N/A E! 6:00 PM 120 0.13 433
46 AMER TOGETHR W/H.FAULKNER FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.13 1,213
47 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE SPC DISCOVERY CHANNEL 8:00 PM 67 0.13 963
48 RELIABLE SOURCES CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.13 1,037
49 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.13 998
50 BRAVOS CHAT ROOM BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 0.12 395
51 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 60 0.12 347
52 WICKED TUNA NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:00 PM 60 0.12 716
53 NHL REGULAR SEASON  L: DETROIT/CHICAGO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 7:02 PM 159 0.12 461
54 FAREED ZAKARIA: GPS CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.12 1,045
55 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 6:00 PM 60 0.11 334
56 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.11 1,615
57 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 7:00 PM 60 0.11 1,023
58 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 60 0.11 294
59 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.11 860
60 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.10 877
61 STATE OF THE UNION CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.10 927
62 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.10 964
63 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.10 1,496
64 MEDIA BUZZ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.10 1,676
65 FOX NEWS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.09 1,399
66 WICKED TUNA SNAPS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 8:00 PM 60 0.09 573
67 LIGA MX: SANTOS VS JUAREZ FOX DEPORTES 8:04 PM 129 0.09 202
68 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.09 926
69 SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.09 1,813
70 TIME MACHINE: CARS THAT MADE AMERICA PT3 HISTORY 5:00 PM 120 0.09 735
71 TIME MACHINE: CARS THAT MADE AMERICA PT 1 HISTORY 1:00 PM 120 0.09 540
72 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.09 1,449
73 INSIDE POLITICS CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.09 702
74 LIGA MX: MONTERREY VS TIJUANA FOX DEPORTES 5:42 PM 142 0.09 185
75 WICKED TUNA FL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:00 PM 15 0.09 584
76 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L: MEMPHIS/CINCINNATI ESPN 1:00 PM 131 0.09 284
77 NEW DAY WEEKEND CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.08 574
78 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 5:00 PM 60 0.08 281
79 BLACK HISTORY MARATHON: BARBERSHOP TBS NETWORK 3:30 PM 120 0.08 278
80 BAKUGAN:BATTLE PLANET THE CARTOON NETWORK 6:30 AM 30 0.08 133
81 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 7:00 AM 60 0.08 213
82 TIME MACHINE: CARS THAT MADE AMERICA PT 2 HISTORY 3:00 PM 120 0.08 572
83 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.08 1,539
84 MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 4:30 PM 30 0.07 255
85 BLACK HISTORY MARATHON: JOYFUL NOISE TBS NETWORK 5:30 PM 150 0.07 366
86 PREMIER LEAGUE L NBC SPORTS NETWORK 7:00 AM 118 0.07 211
87 BLACK HISTORY MARATHON: BARBERSHOP 3 TBS NETWORK 11:00 AM 135 0.07 250
88 LIES CRIMES VIDEO HLN 10:00 PM 60 0.06 344
89 BLACK HISTORY MARATHON: BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUS TBS NETWORK 1:15 PM 135 0.06 283
90 NEW DAY WEEKEND CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.06 583
91 SPRING TRAINING: TOR AT NYY MLB NETWORK 1:06 PM 154 0.06 282
92 ANTHOLOGY-SPORTS ESPN 12:00 PM 60 0.06 183
93 SHAMELESS HALL OF SHAME SHOWTIME PRIME 9:03 PM 55 0.06 293
94 WEEKENDS WITH ALEX WITT: N/A MSNBC 12:00 PM 180 0.06 892
95 SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 5:30 PM 90 0.05 234
96 ALLEN V. FARROW HBO PRIME 9:01 PM 62 0.05 333
97 MSNBC LIVE W/VOSSOUGHIAN: N/A MSNBC 3:00 PM 120 0.05 756
98 RAINBOW RANGERS NICK JR 11:00 AM 30 0.05 211
99 NASCAR RACEDAY L FOX SPORTS 1 1:54 PM 71 0.05 328
100 DR. KS EXOTIC ANIMAL ER NAT GEO WILD 9:00 PM 63 0.05 347
101 WEEK W/ JOSHUA JOHNSON MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 0.05 621
102 ABBY HATCHER NICK JR 10:00 AM 30 0.05 227
103 AMERCAN VOICES W/MENENDEZ: N/A MSNBC 6:00 PM 120 0.05 682
104 POLITICS NATION MSNBC 5:00 PM 60 0.05 864
105 MOUNTAIN MONSTERS REPACK: TMMO-4R3R04H TRAVEL CHANNEL 8:00 PM 120 0.05 279
106 COUNTDOWN 2021 GOLDEN GLO: N/A E! 4:00 PM 120 0.05 177
107 NHL LIVE POST NBC SPORTS NETWORK 9:41 PM 49 0.05 140
108 WILD LIFE OF DR. OLE NAT GEO WILD 10:03 PM 60 0.05 286
109 SKIING NBC SPORTS NETWORK 2:00 PM 60 0.05 191
110 LIES CRIMES VIDEO HLN 9:00 PM 60 0.05 289
111 POKER ESPN2 9:00 PM 60 0.05 227
112 PGA TOUR GOLF CHANNEL 2:34 PM 112 0.05 233
113 POKER ESPN2 10:00 PM 60 0.05 220
114 E! AFTER PARTY 21 GLOBES E! 11:02 PM 60 0.05 142
115 ANCIENT UNEXPLAINED FILES SCIENCE 9:00 PM 60 0.04 326
116 GOLF CENTRAL PREGAME GOLF CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.04 228
117 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SLC BRAVO 12:31 AM 61 0.04 154
118 BEYOND BREATHLESS A&E NETWORK 12:00 PM 30 0.04 189
119 SPRING TRAINING: LAD AT OAK MLB NETWORK 4:00 PM 134 0.04 186
120 POKER ESPN2 8:00 PM 60 0.04 143
121 FUT-EST-CHIVAS-TEL-UNVSO: GUADALAJARA VS UNAM UNIVERSO 9:55 PM 125 0.04 102
122 WICKED TUNA COMPILATION NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:15 PM 60 0.04 337
123 HEAVY RESCUE: 401 THE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.04 314
124 AMER TOGETHR W/H.FAULKNER FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 AM 60 0.04 435
125 SPRING TRAINING BRIDGE MLB NETWORK 3:40 PM 20 0.04 154
126 SECRETS OF VIKING STONE SCIENCE 10:00 PM 60 0.04 313
127 SUNDAY SHOW W/J. CAPEHART: N/A MSNBC 10:00 AM 120 0.04 816
128 NBC NEWS NOW SPECIAL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 0.04 400
129 MEHDI HASAN SHOW MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 0.04 654
130 MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 1:32 AM 30 0.04 122
131 CNN NEWSROOM LIVE CNN 2:00 AM 60 0.04 390
132 DISRUPT & DISMANTLE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 9:00 PM 60 0.04 173
133 WMNS COLL BKBL REG SSN  L ESPN 3:11 PM 109 0.04 187
134 DR. K COMPILATION NAT GEO WILD 8:00 PM 60 0.04 300
135 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.04 1,062
136 BOILING POINT SERIES BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 8:00 PM 60 0.04 192
137 LIGA MX PREVIA FOX DEPORTES 5:21 PM 21 0.04 66
138 JOEL OSTEEN USA NETWORK 8:30 AM 30 0.04 134
139 BARNWOOD BUILDERS DIY NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.04 283
140 LALIGA SANTANDER-L: VILLARREAL VS. ATLETICO DE MADRID BEIN SPORT ESPANOL 2:50 PM 132 0.04 113
141 SPORTSCENTER FIN   L ESPN DEPORTES 3:00 PM 30 0.04 52
142 HIGHWAY THRU HELL THE WEATHER CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.03 325
143 QUIEN DA MAS TEXAS S3 UNIVERSO 8:30 PM 30 0.03 116
144 UP PREMIERE MOVIE: HINT OF LOVE UP 7:00 PM 120 0.03 142
145 SUNDAY MOVIE: MAGIC MIKE XXL FREEFORM 11:20 PM 160 0.03 131
146 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.03 218
147 COLL BSKTBL: MTN WEST L: NEVADA/UTAH ST FOX SPORTS 1 7:00 PM 123 0.03 124
148 THREES COMPANY IFC TV 10:30 AM 30 0.03 108
149 THREES COMPANY IFC TV 11:30 AM 30 0.03 136
150 MOTORHEAD GARAGE TV MOTOR TREND 8:30 AM 30 0.03 140

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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.




5 Comments


  1. Destiny

    We’ll just have to wait and see how things stand with The Rookie when it returns. Its on a short break now I believe until April?

    Also lol Batwoman.


    • Destiny

      As for Cable Twd did well and Trumps “We’ll beat them for a third time in 2024 speech” on Fox New did too.


      • 69 Road Runner

        Donald “Grover Cleveland” Trump 🙂


      • Amaury

        As did the primetime lineup, at least with Life, Liberty & Levin and The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton. The Harris Faulkner special after that at 10:00 PM wasn’t quite as high, but still did decent.


  2. ryan

    ROOTS (1977) on Sundance?



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