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Topic: Prime Time Cable Ratings

A&E Ducks Further Controversy, Reinstates Phil Robertson

Network hopes cooler heads will prevail with production to resume next spring

Call it a Christmas miracle, or simply an attempt to limit the collateral damage that comes with a culture war, but the 10-day feud between A&E and Duck Dynasty star…

Phil Robertson Flap Stings A&E

Demo drops 22 percent following Duck Dynasty star’s suspension

While Duck Dynasty isn’t expected to return to A&E until mid-January, the flap over the network’s suspension of Phil Robertson already seems to have taken a bite out of its…

Better Off Dead: AMC Zombie Hit Tears Into Sunday Night

Episode 2 of The Walking Dead draws 13.9 million viewers

Like the fence meant to keep out hoards of ravenous Walkers, ratings for AMC’s monster hit The Walking Dead last night sagged a bit but did not buckle. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day…

Dead Reckoning: AMC Zombie Series Devours the Competition

Season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead draws 16.1 million viewers

If The Walking Dead didn’t already strike terror in the hearts of broadcast executives, Sunday night’s premiere deliveries should leave them quaking in their boots. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the…

Breaking Bad Finale Draws 10.3 Million Viewers

Not too shabby for a show Vince Gilligan ‘wasn’t sure would ever make it to the air’

After three take-no-prisoners episodes set the stage for the most anticipated series finale in recent memory, Breaking Bad ended on the highest of high notes. In masterfully bringing the narrative…

A&E Cancels The Glades

Cop series ends on a cliffhanger; Longmire renewed for Season 3

Although the Season 4 finale of The Glades put up big numbers for A&E, the network on Friday pulled the plug on its procedural. Monday’s episode ended with a cliffhanger, as…

Fox Sports 1 Studio Shows Stumble Out of Gate

Fox Sports Live, Crowd Goes Wild deliver tiny audiences at outset

After getting off to a fast start a little more than a week ago, Fox Sports 1’s signature highlights show is having trouble finding an audience. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data,…

Duck Dynasty Smashes Cable Ratings Records

A&E hit returns to 11.8 million viewers

A&E’s Duck Dynasty is more addictive than quack. Season 4 of the wildly popular unscripted series premiered to record ratings Wednesday night, delivering 11.8 million viewers, of which 6.26 million were…

Breaking Bad Returns to Record Ratings

AMC drama finally gets the audience it deserves in final season debut

The countdown to the end of AMC’s Breaking Bad began on a high note Sunday night, as the Emmy Award-winning show delivered record ratings. According to Nielsen fast nationals, the midseason…

USA Network: Show Me the Funny

Drama heavy rolls the dice on a new genre or two

USA Network on May 16 will make an upfront pitch to advertisers that will emphasize sitcoms and reality shows. Network execs acknowledge the need to branch out from USA’s successful…

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