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December 22, 2015
 

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 12.20.2015

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NETWORK UPDATE:  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL adjusted to 6.1 in final numbers, down 0.9 from last Sunday’s game.  FOX’s MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT lost 0.1.  After adjustments for the late afternoon NFL overrun, 60 MINUTES gained 0.1, and UNDERCOVER BOSS climbed 0.2.

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

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CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:   Either Showtime or Nielsen mislabeled the season finales of HOMELAND and THE AFFAIR as reruns, which is why they’re not on the chart below.  Both did quite well:  HOMELAND rose 0.11 to a season-high 0.70, and AFFAIR set a new series high, up a tenth to 0.34.  Meanwhile, Starz’s FLESH & BONE (which has its limited series finale next week) doubled to 0.06.

It’s going to be interesting to see what AMC does with INTO THE BADLANDS.  Although the 0.83 it rated for the season finale is still a strong number, the show didn’t just plunge when it lost its WALKING DEAD lead-in, but continued to slide week by week, down 0.13 for the finale.  The network that brought back TURN and HALT AND CATCH FIRE isn’t going to turn its back on a show that triples those ratings, but BADLANDS is hardly looking like a self-starter.  (By comparison, the season finale of BETTER CALL SAUL, which only aired behind WALKING DEAD once, was at 1.19.)

The Sunday action, however, was largely in the unscripted realm.  On Bravo, REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA edged down 0.03 but was still dominant at 1.36, with WORK OUT NY down 0.07 to 0.25.  On E!, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS slipped 0.06 to 0.88, followed by a 0.02 rise for THE ROYALS to 0.30.  Discovery’s ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER gained 0.07 to 0.76.  TLC’s JILL & JESSA lost 0.08 to 0.69, and MARRIED BY MOM & DAD lost 0.12 to 0.26.  A bit lower, Hallmark’s CHRISTMAS LAND movie was at 0.60.  On Food Network, HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP climbed 0.06 to 0.53, CUTTHROAT KITCHEN rose 0.11 to 0.46, and GUY’S GROCERY GAMES gained 0.02 to 0.40.  Adult Swim’s MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES was at 0.50.  On TNT, THE LIBRARIANS dropped 0.12 to 0.48, while the recently canceled AGENT X fell 0.04 to 0.24.  Spike’s BAR RESCUE dropped 0.09 to 0.38.  History’s AX MEN lost 0.08 to 0.36.  Logo’s RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE was at 0.02/77K.

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Finals Cable 2015 Dec SUN.20 Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts To search for a show: type Ctrl-F and type your show title in the search box.

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Sunday December 20, 2015 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 1.36 2,863
2 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 60 0.88 1,893
3 INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 10:00 PM 60 0.83 2,159
4 ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.76 3,033
5 JILL & JESSA: COUNTING ON TLC 9:00 PM 60 0.69 1,895
6 NFL COUNTDOWN           L: N/A ESPN 11:00 AM 120 0.67 1,585
7 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: CHRISTMAS LAND HALLMARK CHANNEL 8:00 PM 120 0.60 4,244
8 HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION 2 FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.53 2,116
9 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 9:00 PM 30 0.52 987
10 MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 15 0.50 1,014
11 LIBRARIANS, THE TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 8:00 PM 60 0.48 1,941
12 NFL INSIDERS: SUNDAY L ESPN 10:00 AM 60 0.46 1,111
13 CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD NETWORK 10:00 PM 60 0.46 1,180
14 GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD NETWORK 8:00 PM 60 0.40 1,327
15 BAR RESCUE SPIKE TV 10:00 PM 60 0.38 848
16 SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 12:30 AM 90 0.37 738
17 AX MEN HISTORY 9:00 PM 63 0.36 1,302
18 MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADY NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 30 0.34 1,465
19 ON THE CASE WITH PZ INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 60 0.33 1,300
20 JILL & JESSA: RECOUNT TLC 8:00 PM 60 0.31 974
21 DIVERGENT SERIES:INSURGEN HBO PRIME 9:30 PM 118 0.31 681
22 ROYALS, THE E! 10:00 PM 60 0.30 705
23 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 60 0.30 685
24 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:00 PM 90 0.28 562
25 MARRIED BY MOM & DAD TLC 10:00 PM 63 0.26 888
26 WORK OUT NEW YORK BRAVO 9:30 PM 60 0.25 479
27 AGENT X TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 9:00 PM 60 0.24 1,207
28 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 8:00 AM 60 0.22 527
29 NFL GAMEDAY MORNING: NFL GAMEDAY MORNING NFL NETWORK 9:00 AM 240 0.21 553
30 GIADAS HOLIDAY HANDBOOK FOOD NETWORK 11:00 AM 30 0.21 824
31 ISLAND LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:30 PM 30 0.21 897
32 ISLAND LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 30 0.20 910
33 ISLAND LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:30 PM 30 0.20 1,027
34 ISLAND LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 30 0.20 994
35 INSIDE LEGO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 8:00 PM 60 0.20 591
36 MOVIE: FATAL OBSESSION, A LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 8:00 PM 120 0.19 622
37 DIVERGENT: DIVERGENT HBO PRIME 7:00 PM 139 0.19 436
38 FANTASY SHOW   L: N/A ESPN2 11:00 AM 120 0.16 298
39 NORTH WOODS LAW: REPACK ANIMAL PLANET 9:00 PM 62 0.16 531
40 NFL GAMEDAY HIGHLIGHTS NFL NETWORK 7:30 PM 60 0.16 440
41 BREAK HBO PRIME 9:19 PM 11 0.16 345
42 SP PATTIS HOLIDAY PIES FOOD NETWORK 10:00 AM 30 0.15 527
43 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.15 1,432
44 BRUNCH AT BOBBYS FOOD NETWORK 12:30 PM 30 0.15 738
45 PBA BOWLING ESPN 1:00 PM 60 0.15 468
46 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.15 1,480
47 MSNBC BREAKING NEWS MSNBC 1:12 AM 10 0.14 378
48 GUYS BIG BITES FOOD NETWORK 9:30 AM 30 0.14 541
49 MSNBC SPECIAL MSNBC 6:00 PM 60 0.14 434
50 PREMIER LEAGUE L: WEST HAM/SWANSEA NBC SPORTS NETWORK 10:57 AM 123 0.14 266
51 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.13 424
52 SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.13 1,043
53 PREMIER LEAGUE L: LIVERPOOL/WATFORD NBC SPORTS NETWORK 8:24 AM 123 0.13 318
54 NFL GAMEDAY FINAL NFL NETWORK 11:41 PM 90 0.12 282
55 MSNBC INVESTIGATES MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 0.12 331
56 SNAPPED OXYGEN MEDIA 9:00 PM 60 0.12 469
57 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 8:00 AM 60 0.11 365
58 GONE GIRL: GONE GIRL HBO PRIME 11:30 PM 149 0.11 238
59 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: HELL BABY COMEDY CENTRAL 5:00 PM 145 0.11 302
60 STATE OF THE UNION CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.11 699
61 PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 10:27 AM 30 0.11 244
62 EAT: STORY OF FOOD COMP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 9:00 PM 60 0.10 233
63 NFL GAMEDAY FIRST: NFL GAMEDAY FIRST NFL NETWORK 7:00 AM 120 0.10 307
64 NFL GAMEDAY LIVE: NFL GAMEDAY LIVE NFL NETWORK 4:30 PM 180 0.10 312
65 SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 7:30 PM 60 0.10 324
66 MEDIA BUZZ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.10 1,126
67 FAREED ZAKARIA: GPS CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.10 653
68 EAT: STORY OF FOOD COMP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 10:00 PM 60 0.10 330
69 NFL GAMEDAY LIVE: NFL GAMEDAY LIVE NFL NETWORK 1:00 PM 210 0.10 315
70 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.09 475
71 MSNBC INVESTIGATES MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 0.09 263
72 FIFA CLUB COPA MNDL FNL FOX DEPORTES 6:00 AM 92 0.09 211
73 PAID PROGRAM USA NETWORK 7:00 AM 30 0.09 282
74 FOX REPORT SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.09 895
75 NFL GAMEDAY OVERTIME NFL NETWORK 11:30 PM 11 0.08 211
76 MAZE RUNNER, THE HBO PRIME 5:00 PM 113 0.08 162
77 UNIQUE SWEETS COOKING CHANNEL 10:00 PM 30 0.08 180
78 SUND MOVIE SUNDANCE TV 6:00 PM 60 0.08 177
79 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN2 10:00 AM 60 0.08 252
80 NEIGHBORS (2014) MAXPRIME 8:20 PM 96 0.08 175
81 RUMOR HAS IT HBO PRIME 7:45 AM 96 0.08 160
82 UFC ON FOX D FOX SPORTS 1 8:33 PM 117 0.08 184
83 FACE/OFF: FACE/OFF MAXPRIME 10:00 PM 138 0.08 145
84 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.07 428
85 LEGO MOVIE, THE HBO PRIME 6:00 AM 100 0.07 153
86 UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL EDIT FOX SPORTS 1 10:30 PM 30 0.07 176
87 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.07 417
88 POINT BREAK: POINT BREAK POP 8:00 PM 150 0.07 198
89 JOYFUL NOISE HBO PRIME 12:30 PM 117 0.07 184
90 OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKND ESPN2 9:00 AM 30 0.07 188
91 CNN NEWSROOM LIVE CNN 2:00 AM 60 0.07 336
92 PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL ZONE NBC SPORTS NETWORK 1:00 PM 60 0.07 123
93 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.07 406
94 SUND MOVIE: GREAT GATSBY, THE SUNDANCE TV 4:00 PM 120 0.07 143
95 FLESH AND BONE STARZ PRIMARY 8:02 PM 59 0.06 116
96 SPORTS REPORTERS ESPN2 9:30 AM 30 0.06 274
97 PREMIOS UNI DEPOR15 12/20: N/A UNIVISION DEPORTES 8:00 PM 126 0.06 165
98 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.06 949
99 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 9:00 AM 60 0.06 222
100 JUPITER ASCENDING: JUPITER ASCENDING MAXPRIME 9:45 AM 127 0.06 125
101 WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES MAXPRIME 11:55 AM 114 0.06 173
102 RELIABLE SOURCES CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.06 451
103 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.05 667
104 HBO BAD: 12/19/15 JENNING HBO PRIME 9:30 AM 110 0.05 128
105 PROSPECTORS THE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.05 365
106 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.05 366
107 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPNEWS 11:00 AM 60 0.05 129
108 INSIDE POLITICS CNN 8:30 AM 30 0.05 630
109 LARRYMANIA NBC UNIVERSO 12:00 PM 60 0.05 99
110 NEW DAY SUNDAY CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.05 353
111 FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO ESP FOX DEPORTES 7:32 AM 88 0.05 119
112 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.05 886
113 FOX NEWS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.04 781
114 SPORTS REPORTERS ESPNEWS 10:30 AM 30 0.04 102
115 NEIGHBORS (2014) MAXPRIME 8:05 AM 96 0.04 123
116 NBC UNIVERSO MOVIE: GODZILLA NBC UNIVERSO 2:00 PM 180 0.04 113
117 SUND MOVIE: TWINS SUNDANCE TV 8:30 AM 150 0.04 104
118 INVASION THE MAXPRIME 4:05 PM 99 0.04 135
119 HIGHWAY THRU HELL THE WEATHER CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.04 224
120 MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: N/A MSNBC 10:00 AM 120 0.04 308
121 NEW DAY SUNDAY CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.04 448
122 NEW DAY SUNDAY CNN 8:00 AM 30 0.04 488
123 SUPER SOUL SESSIONS OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK 8:00 PM 60 0.04 127
124 BARNWOOD BUILDERS DIY NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.04 303
125 TRNING PT W DR D JEREMIAH USA NETWORK 7:30 AM 30 0.04 177
126 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ESPNEWS 12:00 PM 60 0.04 119
127 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.04 611
128 UP MSNBC 9:00 AM 60 0.04 231
129 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ESPNEWS 8:30 PM 90 0.04 65
130 PAID PROGRAM SYFY 6:00 AM 30 0.04 159
131 FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.04 563
132 MEET THE PRESS MSNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.03 370
133 GORDO Y FLACA ESTRLL12/20 UNIVISION DEPORTES 7:00 PM 60 0.03 85
134 STARTALK NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL 11:00 PM 60 0.03 138
135 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-PM L ESPNEWS 10:00 PM 60 0.03 71
136 LARRYMANIA NBC UNIVERSO 1:00 PM 60 0.03 79
137 GUNFIGHT RMNTN UNDR FIRE CNBC 9:00 PM 60 0.03 175
138 LBX NICKTOONS 10:00 AM 30 0.03 138
139 FOX SPORTS LIVE L FOX SPORTS 1 11:00 PM 60 0.03 77
140 WEEKENDS WITH ALEX WITT: N/A MSNBC 12:00 PM 120 0.03 323
141 GAMING SHOW DISNEY XD 11:00 AM 30 0.03 168
142 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHA VELOCITY 8:00 AM 30 0.03 80
143 BILLIARDS INTL EVENTS ESPN2 1:00 PM 60 0.03 117
144 WEEKEND RECHARGE THE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.03 209
145 FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP L FOX SPORTS 1 6:00 AM 111 0.03 72
146 THAT AWKWARD MOMENT MAXPRIME 6:45 PM 94 0.03 74
147 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 11:00 AM 60 0.03 120
148 FUGITIVOS DE LA LEY LA NBC UNIVERSO 11:00 PM 60 0.03 59
149 HBO FIRST LOOK HBO PRIME 12:15 PM 13 0.03 76
150 JOEL OSTEEN USA NETWORK 8:30 AM 30 0.03 227

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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.