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May 24, 2016
 

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.22.2016

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NETWORK FINALS:  The BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS adjusted up to 3.2 when the live west coast airing was adjusted into the number, but that was still a long way from last year’s 3.8.  The same adjustments pushed AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS down 0.2.  In addition, UNDERCOVER BOSS and the season finale of THE SIMPSONS gained 0.1.

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

Final Bcast 2016 May SUN.22

 

CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  The super-hyped premiere of AMC’s PREACHER wasn’t much better than OK at 0.90, considering that it was coming off a 1.88 lead-in from FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (down 0.06 from last week) and that PREACHER, unlike DEAD, didn’t have to face GAME OF THRONES.  AMC is making a risky scheduling move by skipping next week with a rerun of the pilot (followed by a special TALKING PREACHER after-show), and not resuming new episodes until June 5, when it will move to 9PM and have to face 4 weeks of THRONES.  That could make for a tough road ahead.  Because of the PREACHER premiere, TALKING DEAD didn’t air until 11:30PM, and it plunged 0.27 to 0.38.  

Back in Westeros, GAME OF THRONES is remarkably consistent, up 0.04 from last week to 3.96, and the only reason that number may falter next week is because HBO is ignoring the holiday weekend and airing a fresh episode.  SILICON VALLEY slipped 0.06 to 0.94, and VEEP was down 0.04 to 0.42, with LAST WEEK TONIGHT down a tick to 0.57.  As usual, the other pay networks were far behind. On Showtime, the now-canceled HOUSE OF LIES dropped 0.04 to 0.10, and the network ran a rerun of the same episode as lead-in to PENNY DREADFUL, which endured the double-whammy of a rerun lead-in and PREACHER quite well, losing only 0.02 to 0.17.  Starz’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE held at 0.06.  Adult Swim didn’t air a ROBOT CHICKEN, and MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES gained 0.03 to 0.63, with MR PICKLES steady at 0.49.  Hallmark’s GOOD WITCH remained at 0.23.  USA’s MOTIVE took a heavy 0.09 hit to 0.18.

The unscripted world was of course led by the NBA PLAYOFFS, with a 3.11 for TNT’s coverage of the Golden State vs. Oklahoma City game.  As TNT has been doing throughout the series, it followed the game with an episode of THE DUNK KING at 0.76.  On E!, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS fell 0.11 to 0.73, and RICH KIDS OF BEVERLY HILLS was down 0.07 to 0.26.  Discovery’s NAKED & AFRAID lost 0.06 to 0.71.  On Bravo, SHAHS OF SUNSET held at 0.46, and THICKER THAN WATER was down 0.02 to 0.24.  On Food Network, FOOD NETWORK STAR lost 0.05 to 0.43, FN STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN was at 0.40, and CUTTHROAT KITCHEN edged down 0.02 to 0.32.  On Spike, BAR RESCUE dropped 0.08 to 0.36, and LIFE OR DEBT fell by almost half, down 0.13 to 0.14.  On TLC, SISTER WIVES was down 0.08 to 0.35, SINGLE DAD SEEKING lost 0.03 to 0.20, and CATCHING THE CATFISHER was at 0.19.  

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Final Cable 2016 May SUN.22

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Sunday May 22, 2016 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO PRIME 9:02 PM 57 3.96 7,890
2 NBA PLAYOFFS- CONF FNLS L: GOLDEN STATE/OKLAHOMA CITY TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 8:00 PM 161 3.11 8,018
3 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 60 1.88 4,388
4 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 10:41 PM 39 1.42 3,417
5 SILICON VALLEY HBO PRIME 10:02 PM 28 0.94 1,712
6 PREACHER AMC 10:00 PM 90 0.90 2,380
7 DUNK KING, THE TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 11:20 PM 60 0.76 1,777
8 NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L: TAMPA BAY/PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS NETWORK 8:08 PM 185 0.76 1,903
9 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 61 0.73 1,554
10 NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY CHANNEL 10:00 PM 63 0.71 2,096
11 NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 7:00 PM 60 0.68 1,799
12 MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 11:45 PM 15 0.63 1,334
13 LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO PRIME 11:00 PM 29 0.57 1,274
14 MR. PICKLES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 15 0.49 1,067
15 SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 0.46 1,180
16 FOOD NETWORK STAR 12 FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.43 1,640
17 VEEP HBO PRIME 10:32 PM 28 0.42 918
18 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT        L: CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO ESPN 8:00 PM 164 0.41 1,817
19 FN STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN FOOD NETWORK 8:00 PM 60 0.40 1,448
20 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:30 PM 30 0.38 1,598
21 TALKING DEAD: FEAR AMC 11:30 PM 60 0.38 964
22 BAR RESCUE SPIKE TV 9:00 PM 60 0.36 805
23 SISTER WIVES TLC 8:00 PM 60 0.35 1,234
24 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 30 0.35 1,412
25 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:44 PM 106 0.34 765
26 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L: N/A ESPN 10:00 AM 120 0.33 754
27 CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD NETWORK 10:00 PM 60 0.32 894
28 FLIPPING THE SOUTH HOME AND GARDEN TV 12:00 PM 30 0.31 1,263
29 COLL SOFTBALL REGIONALS L: TENNESSEE/OHIO STATE ESPN 12:00 PM 135 0.27 796
30 MOVIE- ACQUIRED PREM: WIFES SUSPICION, A LIFETIME TELEVISION 9:00 PM 122 0.26 1,077
31 RICHKIDS OF BEVERLY HILLS E! 10:01 PM 59 0.26 587
32 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ESPN 9:00 AM 30 0.25 637
33 LRC:2016 BILLBRD MUSC AWD: N/A E! 6:00 PM 120 0.24 736
34 ON THE CASE WITH PZ INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 60 0.24 1,013
35 SPORTS REPORTERS ESPN 9:30 AM 30 0.24 649
36 THICKER THAN WATER BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 0.24 620
37 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 60 0.23 610
38 OTHER KINGDOM NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 30 0.23 1,185
39 GOOD WITCH HALLMARK CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.23 2,191
40 MOVIE: BROKEN PROMISE LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 8:00 PM 120 0.23 837
41 POWERNATION: ENGINE POWER SPIKE TV 9:30 AM 30 0.23 470
42 LIV AND MADDIE DISNEY CHANNEL 9:00 PM 30 0.22 1,323
43 OTHER KINGDOM NICKELODEON 7:30 PM 30 0.22 1,098
44 COPA DEL REY            L: BARCELONA/SEVILLA ESPN2 3:25 PM 163 0.22 466
45 KITCHEN SINK, THE FOOD NETWORK 12:00 PM 30 0.21 784
46 COLL SOFTBALL REGIONALS L: ALABAMA/CALIFORNIA ESPN 2:30 PM 142 0.21 689
47 SINGLE DAD SEEKING… TLC 10:01 PM 66 0.20 691
48 NHL LIVE POST CONF FINALS NBC SPORTS NETWORK 11:13 PM 62 0.20 453
49 JUDGMENT DAY:PRISON OR PA INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 60 0.20 785
50 SOFTBALL BASES LOADED  L ESPN 2:15 PM 15 0.20 676
51 DINNER AT TIFFANIS FOOD NETWORK 11:30 AM 30 0.19 751
52 FANTASTIC FOUR, THE(2015) HBO PRIME 2:45 PM 100 0.19 459
53 MLS REGULAR SEASON      L: PORTLAND TIMBERS/VANCOUVER WHITECAPS ESPN 4:52 PM 129 0.19 463
54 CATCHING THE CATFISHER TLC 9:00 PM 61 0.19 721
55 FUT-LIG-PACHUCA-SEMI-522: PACHUCA VS. LEON 5/22 NBC UNIVERSO 9:00 PM 132 0.19 395
56 MOTIVE USA NETWORK 10:00 PM 61 0.18 840
57 UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA CNN 10:00 PM 60 0.18 649
58 BSBL TONIGHT: SUN CTDWN L ESPN 7:01 PM 59 0.17 552
59 PENNY DREADFUL S3 SHOWTIME PRIME 10:02 PM 53 0.17 482
60 K.C. UNDERCOVER DISNEY CHANNEL 8:00 PM 30 0.17 1,123
61 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 11:00 PM 30 0.17 573
62 SUNDAY MOVIE: SPECTACULAR NOW, THE FREEFORM 9:45 PM 135 0.17 426
63 SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN2 6:08 PM 52 0.16 375
64 BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER DISNEY CHANNEL 8:30 PM 30 0.16 1,229
65 TIA MOWRY AT HOME FOOD NETWORK 10:00 AM 30 0.15 568
66 PARTS UNKNOWN CNN 9:00 PM 60 0.15 637
67 BARBERSHOP HBO PRIME 8:30 AM 102 0.15 308
68 ALL THE WAY: ALL THE WAY HBO PRIME 6:45 PM 132 0.15 407
69 NHL LIVE PRE CONF FINALS NBC SPORTS NETWORK 7:03 PM 65 0.15 424
70 KNIGHTS TALE, A: KNIGHTS TALE, A HBO PRIME 4:30 PM 132 0.14 353
71 POWERNATION: EXT OFF ROAD SPIKE TV 9:00 AM 30 0.14 282
72 LIFE OR DEBT SPIKE TV 10:00 PM 60 0.14 359
73 FANTASTIC FOUR, THE(2015) HBO PRIME 6:45 AM 100 0.13 296
74 PGA TOUR GOLF CHANNEL 1:00 PM 90 0.13 922
75 NASCAR: AMERICAN SPEED: PART 3 CMT 9:00 PM 120 0.13 376
76 PAID PROGRAM USA NETWORK 7:00 AM 30 0.13 413
77 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY L: PUERTO RICO/USA FOX SPORTS 1 11:47 AM 133 0.13 304
78 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.13 1,393
79 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.12 1,294
80 TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE HBO PRIME 11:45 AM 111 0.12 326
81 NAT GEO MOVIE: ZERO DARK THIRTY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 7:00 PM 180 0.12 437
82 RELIABLE SOURCES CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.12 733
83 FAREED ZAKARIA: GPS CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.11 807
84 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.11 635
85 NHRA L: TOPEKA FOX SPORTS 1 2:00 PM 214 0.11 551
86 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN2 9:00 AM 60 0.11 233
87 JOEL OSTEEN USA NETWORK 8:30 AM 30 0.11 388
88 MISSING DIAL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 10:00 PM 60 0.10 362
89 BARNWOOD BUILDERS DIY NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.10 529
90 SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.10 1,044
91 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.10 682
92 TRNING PT W DR D JEREMIAH USA NETWORK 7:30 AM 30 0.10 302
93 HOUSE OF LIES S5 SHOWTIME PRIME 9:01 PM 27 0.10 256
94 COLL SOFTBALL REGIONALS L: LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE/TEXAS A&M ESPNU 5:10 PM 186 0.10 396
95 FOX REPORT SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.10 1,284
96 GC PREGAME LI GOLF CHANNEL 2:30 PM 28 0.09 677
97 GHOST ASYLUM DESTINATION AMERICA 10:00 PM 60 0.09 270
98 STATE OF THE UNION CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.09 708
99 COLL SOFTBALL REGIONALS L: OREGON/BAYLOR ESPN2 7:00 PM 159 0.09 383
100 INSIDE POLITICS CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.09 617
101 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.09 977
102 MEDIA BUZZ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.09 945
103 HBO FIRST LOOK HBO PRIME 10:15 AM 13 0.09 183
104 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.09 322
105 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ESPN2 10:00 AM 30 0.09 180
106 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.09 560
107 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.08 643
108 IN TOUCH MINISTRIES W/C S USA NETWORK 8:00 AM 30 0.08 273
109 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.08 574
110 SPORTS REPORTERS ESPN2 10:30 AM 30 0.08 196
111 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 8:00 AM 60 0.08 272
112 AFTERNOON BASEBALL GAME: CLE AT BOS/KC AT CWS MLB NETWORK 1:30 PM 209 0.07 309
113 MONSTER  JAM FOX SPORTS 1 5:34 PM 57 0.07 301
114 GOLF CENTRAL PREGAME GOLF CHANNEL 12:22 PM 38 0.07 379
115 OKLAHOMA:  TORNADO TARGET THE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.07 289
116 MEET THE PRESS MSNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.07 489
117 US NATIONAL TEAM PREG L FOX SPORTS 1 11:30 AM 17 0.07 195
118 NEW DAY SUNDAY CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.07 594
119 NCAA LACROSSE CHAMP L: NORTH CAROLINA/NOTRE DAME ESPN2 12:00 PM 147 0.07 188
120 WEEKENDS WITH ALEX WITT: N/A MSNBC 12:00 PM 120 0.07 404
121 TAKEN 3 MAXPRIME 10:05 AM 109 0.07 146
122 BBCA MOVIE: MONUMENTS MEN BBC-AMERICA 5:30 PM 150 0.07 298
123 FOX NEWS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.07 903
124 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC 1:59 AM 54 0.07 224
125 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.06 679
126 GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, TH STARZ PRIMARY 8:02 PM 26 0.06 226
127 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.06 551
128 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 9:00 AM 60 0.06 216
129 MSNBC LIVE WKND EDITION MSNBC 9:00 AM 60 0.06 319
130 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.06 979
131 SNAPPED: KILLER COUPLES OXYGEN MEDIA 9:00 PM 60 0.06 336
132 AFV UP 4:00 PM 60 0.06 167
133 BASSMASTERS ESPN2 8:00 AM 60 0.06 164
134 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 10:00 AM 60 0.06 204
135 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.05 864
136 AM JOY: N/A MSNBC 10:00 AM 120 0.05 365
137 AFV UP 5:00 PM 60 0.05 214
138 AMHQ WEEKEND THE WEATHER CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.05 279
139 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER L: LA GALAXY/SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FOX SPORTS 1 7:00 PM 150 0.05 151
140 POLITICS NATION MSNBC 8:00 AM 60 0.05 347
141 INTO THE STORM (2014) MAXPRIME 1:25 PM 89 0.05 142
142 NEW DAY SUNDAY CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.05 448
143 WEEKEND RECHARGE THE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.05 308
144 MLB TONIGHT SUNDAY: MLBT SUNDAY MLB NETWORK 4:59 PM 181 0.05 189
145 FRONTERA S4 NBC UNIVERSO 8:00 PM 60 0.05 99
146 STAN LEES SUPERHUMANS NBC UNIVERSO 7:00 PM 60 0.05 73
147 HEART OF A DOG HBO PRIME 10:30 AM 75 0.05 103
148 PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL: N/A NBC SPORTS NETWORK 12:15 AM 120 0.05 105
149 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS: WATER POLO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 4:00 PM 183 0.05 109
150 MISSION CRITICAL NAT GEO WILD 9:00 PM 60 0.05 224

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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.