Monday, August 3, 2015

Cablemetrics: Rick and Morty, Ballers, Ray Donovan


These numbers are current through Thursday, July 30.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • New this week: Adult Swim's animated comedy Rick and Morty, back for season two with a new series high 1.03. The show had palpable heat through season one, starting at 0.47 and gradually growing as high as 0.87 by season's end.
  • I haven't said much about the HBO Sunday lineup since it premiered the week before I started doing this, but it's definitely worth noting that Ballers has solidified itself as one of the most successful recent comedy newbies on cable. Its average is only about a tenth behind that of fellow HBO comedy Silicon Valley, even though its lead-in is well over two points weaker. This week was perhaps its most impressive showing yet, as it surged to its second-best number (0.92) and had almost full retention of the gradually dropping True Detective (1.02).
  • Mentioned last week that Ray Donovan looked like it might be able to recapture last season's heat. There's no reason to dismiss that possibility yet, as it took another sizable step up to 0.51 this week. (And this time, it also helped out lead-out Masters of Sex, even if a 0.16 is still kinda awful.) It's rather odd to see a scripted show build this much in-season for multiple years. Is Showtime just really incompetent at getting people aware that the show is back...?
    FULL TABLE:

    Show Net This Week This Season
    Ep# A18-49 Last Seas Avg
    y2y
    Proj
    Proj +
    Skew
    True Detective HBO6 1.02 -1%2 1.17 +33% 1.31 78 56%
    Rick and Morty ADSM1 1.03 n/a2 1.03 +119% 1.44 86 62%
    The Haves and the Have Nots OWN17 0.89 +10%2 0.89 -1% 0.91 54 37%
    Ballers HBO6 0.92 +16%1 0.89 n/a 0.90 54 63%
    Pretty Little Liars ABCF8 0.74 -6%6 0.84 -13% 0.82 49 57%
    The Strain FX3 0.64 -14%2 0.72 -33% 0.68 41 58%
    The Last Ship TNT7 0.69 +0%2 0.71 -34% 0.70 41 30%
    Rizzoli and Isles TNT7 0.76 +33%6 0.69 -29% 0.68 41 21%
    The Game BET8 0.69 +30%10 0.60 -27% 0.60 36 57%
    Suits USA6 0.55 -8%5 0.60 -21% 0.61 36 35%
    Major Crimes TNT8 0.59 -9%4 0.59 -31% 0.58 35 18%
    Power STRZ7 0.57 +8%2 0.55 +91% 0.60 36 56%
    Teen Wolf MTV6 0.43 -27%5 0.53 -29% 0.50 30 54%
    Girl Meets World DISN11 0.49 -20%2 0.52 -17% 0.49 29 30%
    The Brink HBO6 0.42 -2%1 0.49 n/a 0.46 28 53%
    Mr. Robot USA6 0.42 -13%1 0.49 n/a 0.46 27 41%
    The Fosters ABCF7 n/a n/a3 0.48 -19% 0.48 29 51%
    Devious Maids Life9 0.37 -10%3 0.46 -24% 0.47 28 45%
    Falling Skies TNT5 0.50 +6%5 0.46 -46% 0.39 23 30%
    Clipped TBS7 0.47 +21%1 0.42 n/a 0.43 26 45%
    Humans AMC5 0.39 +18%1 0.40 n/a 0.40 24 41%
    Ray Donovan SHO3 0.51 +38%3 0.40 -7% 0.49 29 41%
    Baby Daddy ABCF19 0.43 +65%4 0.37 -15% 0.36 21 62%
    Scream MTV5 0.29 -12%1 0.37 n/a 0.33 20 55%
    Melissa and Joey ABCF19 0.37 +37%4 0.36 -23% 0.37 22 63%
    Complications USA8 0.30 +3%1 0.36 n/a 0.35 21 31%
    Tyrant FX7 0.40 +8%2 0.35 -34% 0.36 21 39%
    Royal Pains USA8 n/a n/a7 0.35 -35% 0.35 21 31%
    Stitchers ABCF9 0.36 +57%1 0.35 n/a 0.35 21 51%
    Hell on Wheels AMC2 0.25 -34%5 0.32 -23% 0.28 17 22%
    Murder in the First TNT8 0.32 -6%2 0.31 -32% 0.30 18 19%
    Graceland USA6 0.26 -4%3 0.31 -39% 0.29 17 45%
    Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll FX3 0.29 +7%1 0.30 n/a 0.29 17 51%
    Proof TNT7 0.30 +25%1 0.30 n/a 0.30 18 18%
    Dominion Syfy4 0.33 +6%2 0.30 -38% 0.29 17 37%
    Chasing Life ABCF4 0.22 -27%2 0.27 -46% 0.27 16 49%
    UnREAL Life9 0.21 -22%1 0.27 n/a 0.26 16 50%
    Defiance Syfy8 0.29 +26%3 0.25 -48% 0.24 14 28%
    Dark Matter Syfy7 0.29 +16%1 0.25 n/a 0.27 16 29%
    Married FX3 0.20 -20%2 0.24 -45% 0.20 12 55%
    Killjoys Syfy6 0.25 +4%1 0.23 n/a 0.24 14 30%
    Halt and Catch Fire AMC9 0.19 +58%2 0.16 -35% 0.16 9 40%
    Masters of Sex SHO3 0.16 +78%3 0.13 -53% 0.12 7 30%
    Becoming Us ABCF8 0.08 +33%1 0.12 n/a 0.11 6 46%

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