Posted by : yankeesrj12 Thursday, April 18, 2013

Duck Dynasty continued its strong season run and Southland aired what could be its final episode.  All that and more in Wednesdays cable ratings .

Duck Dynasty is essentially The Walking Dead of unscripted series on cable.  The show continues to put up strong numbers and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon. Last nights episode scored a whopping 8.60 million viewers and a 3.9 demo - tying its season premier performance, which is a series high.  Amazingly, three repeats (two before and one after the new episode) did between a 1.5 demo and 2.2 demo.

Over on TNT, Southland and Boston's Finest both finished their underwhelming (at least in the ratings department) seasons.  Southland finished with 1.83 million viewers and a 0.7 demo.  Will a season high be enough to secure a sixth season renewal? Boston's Finest ended its freshman run with 913,000 viewers and a 0.4 demo, most likely meaning last night was a series finale

FX's The Americans brought in 1.81 million viewers and a 0.6 demo.  While not great numbers, they are in line with previous episodes, plus the show has already been renewed for another season.

The long-running Real World on MTV was seen by 1.15 million viewers and a 0.7 demo.  The total viewership is pretty pathetic, but the demo isn't horrible.  I think the show has another year (perhaps two) left in it before MTV decides to call it quits.

Psych, a fan favorite on USA, continued its season with 2.77 million viewers and a 0.9 demo.  The show constantly puts up strong in-season numbers but never gets the attention Burn Notice or Royal Pains receives.

The Boston Marathon bombing continued to bring above-average ratings to CNN, with most shows double their usual ratings.

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