Monday, September 20, 2010

I Know What You Rated Last Summer, Cable


One last post on summer TV ratings as I vomit out some of my cable A18-49 averages from this summer. (I vomited the broadcast averages earlier today.) A few important caveats:
  • This isn't even close to being a comprehensive list. It only consists of the shows whose ratings I keep up with, and that mostly includes scripted shows and fairly well-known unscripted shows, and not even close to all of those either. So there are a ton of microscopically-rated unscripted shows toward the bottom that I just don't care enough to keep up with. It's not quite as dire for scripted as it appears. 
  • For WWE Raw, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers, which seem to air new eps all the time, I took exclusively the episodes that aired from the last day of the regular season through the last day of the summer. Other shows that started a run of episodes during the regular season but aired mostly during the summer are averages of the whole run, not just the summer ones. 
  • Many or even most of these nets don't actually target A18-49, and the standards for what's "good" even within A18-49 are wildly different from network to network, so don't take this as necessarily a "totem pole" of performance. It's just one way of lining it all up.

SHOW NIGHT NET A18-49 AVG
Jersey Shore* Th MTV 2.89
True Blood Su HBO 2.85
Pawn Stars Mo Hist 2.15
Deadliest Catch Tu Disc 2.02
Teen Mom Tu MTV 1.88
WWE Raw Mo USA 1.70
Burn Notice Th USA 1.66
Royal Pains Th USA 1.64
Covert Affairs Tu USA 1.58
Entourage Su HBO 1.58
American Pickers Mo History 1.58
Rizzoli & Isles Mo TNT 1.46
Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami Su E! 1.46
The Closer Mo TNT 1.38
Next Food Network Star Su Food 1.37
Project Runway* Th Life 1.33
Hung Su HBO 1.33
White Collar Tu USA 1.26
The Hills Tu MTV 1.24
Tosh.0 We Com 1.21
Top Chef We Bravo 1.20
Secret Life Mo ABCF 1.19
Psych We USA 1.18
Futurama Th Com 1.08
Meet the Browns We TBS 1.04
Army Wives Su Life 1.03
The Real World We MTV 1.03
The City Tu MTV 0.96
Leverage Su TNT 0.95
Pretty Little Liars Tu ABCF 0.92
HawthoRNe Tu TNT 0.91
Law & Order: CI Tu USA 0.88
Memphis Beat Tu TNT 0.84
Hot in Cleveland We TVLand 0.84
Melissa & Joey* Tu ABCF 0.82
In Plain Sight We USA 0.82
The Glades* Su A&E 0.81
Warehouse 13 Tu Syfy 0.81
Drop Dead Diva Su Life 0.80
Mad Men* Su AMC 0.75
Eureka Fr Syfy 0.73
Huge Mo ABCF 0.62
Dark Blue We TNT 0.60
Haven* Fr Syfy 0.56
Make It or Break It Mo/Tu ABCF 0.56
Saving Grace Mo TNT 0.47
Rubicon* Su AMC 0.28

Scripted shows in bold
*- These shows are just season-to-date averages as they haven't totally finished their seasons. May or may not update later.
- A couple other notes - I left out one WWE Raw result which looked wrong, and Rubicon includes the post-Breaking Bad preview result (an 0.5) rather than the 8:00 "official" premiere months later

1 comment:

Spot said...

Just an FYI, Rizzoli & Isles is scripted, meaning it should be bold.


I know this post is old so you probably won't amend it but for those that discover your site & thus this post will now know.


Also, looking at this list I can't help but tear up on recalling the memories of shows no longer on the air for over a year that had to short a lifespan & were favorites of mine. Shows such as HawthoRNe, Saving Grace, Dark Blue & Memphis Beat

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