Posted by : yankeesrj12 Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dallas finished its second season run last night, while SyFy premiered its newest drama.  In addition, we have select cable numbers from Sunday .

It was a solid night all around for cable series on the major cable networks.  A&E, SyFy, and TNT all had numbers to be proud of and tout in their press releases.

Up first was the finale of Dallas.  TNT aired an episode at 9 and 10, although only the 10 o'clock portion is being dubbed the finale.  The 9pm episode did 2.82 million viewers and a 0.8 demo, with the 10pm episode pulling in 2.99 million viewers and a 0.9 demo.  While not huge numbers, they are still very solid, especially for airing during the non-summer season.

Over on SyFy, the debut of highly-promoted Defiance got off to a strong start.  Its premiere brought in 2.73 million viewers and a 1.0 demo - the highest premiere on SyFy since Eureka in 2006.  It'll be interesting to see if there is a drop off in week two.

A&E aired a new episode of very steady Bates Motel.  The latest episode in the Psycho-prequel was seen by 2.66 million viewers and a 1.1 demo.  Those numbers are in line with nearly every episode since its debut.  If I'm not mistaken, the show has not fallen out of the 1.0-1.2 demo range.

With the terrible events in Boston yesterday, numerous programs on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC rated higher than usual.  CNN hovered around 2 million viewers all night, more than double its usual performance.

On Sunday, cable was the place to be.

A new episode of Game of Thrones continued to set new series highs.  The dramas latest episode totaled 4.72 million viewers and a 2.4 demo, good enough to be one of the highest rated programs on all of television for the night.  Will it set a new series high again next week?

HBO debuted season two of Veep behind the record-breaking Game of Thrones to 1.19 million viewers and a 0.6 demo.  The retention is pitiful, but it is only a shade lower than what the show had been doing all of last season.  Should it fall further, however, it may not get a third season.

Showtime had two season premieres on Sunday.  The fifth season premiere of Nurse Jackie returned to 770,000 viewers and a 0.3 demo.  It may not sound like much, but it is actually up from last seasons debut.  The return of The Borgias did 582,000 viewers and a 0.2 demo, down just a smudge from last seasons premiere.  All in all, not a horrible night for the network.

History's Vikings showed for the second week in a row that it did not need mega-hit, The Bible, as a lead in.  A new episode performed with 3.42 million viewers and a 1.2 demo - very solid for History.  With the success of Vikings, I expect the network to continue pushing their scripted development.

The 2013 MTV Movie Awards were up big from last season: 3.77 million viewers and a 2.0 demo, that is up more than 80% from last years 1.1 demo.

After a solid return last week, Mad Men fell hard (at least in total viewers).  Sundays episode amassed 2.66 million viewers and a 1.0 demo, down a harsh 27% among total viewers, but a less-steep 10% in the demographic.

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