[09/10/13 - 11:27 AM]
TNT's Blockbuster Hit "Rizzoli & Isles" Ranks as Basic Cable's #1 Scripted Program for the Week
Turner spins the numbers for the week of September 2-8.

[via press release from Turner]


TNT's blockbuster hit Rizzoli & Isles ranked as basic cable's #1 scripted program for the week. The episode has drawn 8.2 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, a +3% increase over the prior week. In the demos, it has delivered 2.8 million adults 25-54 in Live + 3 (+4% vs. the prior week) and 2.3 million adults 18-49 (+2% vs. the prior week).

TNT's new hit series Cold Justice has grown its premiere audience to more than 3.6 million viewers in Live + 3 delivery, a +24% boost over the show's Live + Same Day performance. Among key demos, the premiere has grown to 1.2 million adults 25-54 in Live + 3 (+30% vs. Live + Same Day) and 1.0 million adults 18-49 (+28% vs. L+SD).

In Live + 7 viewing, TNT's Aug. 19 episode of Major Crimes topped out with 7.2 million viewers and 2.2 million adults 25-54. The Aug. 20 episode of Rizzoli & Isles scored 8.3 million viewers and 2.9 million adults 25-54 in Live + 7. And the Aug. 20 episode of Perception drew a Live + 7 delivery of 5.6 million viewers, including 2.1 million adults 25-54.

Adult Swim

Continuing its streak with young adults in Primetime, Adult Swim once again ranked #1 in Primetime among basic cable networks for average weekly delivery of adults 18-34. Compared to the same week in 2012, Primetime delivery increased by double digits across the board-adults 18-34 by 20%, adults 18-24 by 15%, adults 18-49 by 13%, men 18-24 by 19%, men 18-34 by 18% and men 18-49 by 14%.

Adult Swim's Total Day delivery average also ranked #1 among adults 18-24, 18-34 & 18-49 and men 18-24 & 18-34 on basic cable this week. Compared to the same week in 2012, Total Day delivery also grew by double digits among all targeted demos: adults 18-24 by 19%, adults 18-34 by 21%, adults 18-49 by 16%, men 18-24 by 25%, men 18-34 by 18% and men 18-49 by 15%.

The Emmy-winning Childrens Hospital new episode premiere (Thursday, 12 a.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among all targeted adults and men, while the NTSF:SD:SUV:: new episode premiere (12:15 a.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among adults 18-34/18-49 and all key men. Both premieres increased delivery by mostly double digits with all targeted adults and men vs. the same time period last year.

On Sunday night, Aqua TV Show Show (12 a.m.) ranked #1 in its timeslot with all young adults and men 18-34, increasing delivery averages among these same demos. Squidbillies (12:15a) ranked #1 in its time period with all targeted adults as well.

The Saturday TOONAMI premiere episodes of Bleach (12 a.m.) and Naruto (12:30 a.m.) ranked #1 in their respective timeslots with adults 18-24, while One Piece (1 a.m.), Soul Eater (1:30 a.m.), and Sword Art Online (2 a.m.) ranked #1 among adults 18-24 & men 18-24. All TOONAMI premieres were up by double and triple-digits with adults 18-34/18-49 and all targeted men demos vs. the same time period last year.

Adult Swim programming accounted for 25 of the top 50 telecasts on basic cable for the week among adults 18-34 and men 18-34, both more than any other network.

Cartoon Network

Across the second week of September 2013, Cartoon Network ranked as television's #1 network for Early Prime (7-9 p.m.) delivery of boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14.

Cartoon Network also scored as the #1 television network for all targeted boy demos on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Night (7-9p), #1 with boys 6-11 & 9-14 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Night.

Monday Night's (7-9p) overall performance saw increases with kids & boys 9-14 (between 8-9%) vs. the same time last year. The original series premiere of Uncle Grandpa (Monday 8 p.m.) was the #1 telecast of the week among boys 6-11, #1 telecast of the day among boys 2-11& 6-11 and #1 in its time period among all boy demos. The new episode premiere of Regular Show (7:30 p.m.) also scored as the #1 telecast of the day among boys 9-14, and #1 in its time period among kids 9-14 and boys 6-11/9-14. The new episode premiere of Adventure Time (7 p.m.) ranked #1 in its time period with boys 6-11/9-14, while MAD (8:30p) was #1 among all boy demos.

The Tuesday night new episode premiere of Teen Titans GO! (7:30 p.m.) was the #1 telecast of the day among boys 6-11 & 9-14, and #1 in its time period with kids 9-14 & all key boys.

With the introduction of Pizza Steve Night, Friday Night overall scored across-the-board delivery gains among all targeted kids and boys vs. the time period last year. Delivery increases ranged between 2% and 9% among kids demos; and between 12% and 15% among boy demos.

Saturday morning saw mostly double-digit increases among all kids and boy demos vs. the prior year. Pokémon BW: Adventures in Unova (8:30 a.m.) ranked as the #1 telecast of the day among boys 9-14, and episode premieres of Tenkai Knights (7:30 a.m.) and Beyblade: Shogun Steel (8 a.m.) ranked #1 in their respective time periods among boys 9-14. These programs also increased delivery by mostly double-digits with key kids and boys vs. the same time year ago. The new episode of Beware the Batman (10 a.m.) also grew delivery of kids 2-11 & 6-11, as well as boys 2-11 & 6-11, between 13% and 24%.


The Big Bang Theory averaged 2.3 million viewers and 1.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime last week. The show also scored 18 of basic cable's Top 20 sitcom telecasts for the week among viewers and adults 18-49.


truTV's hit series Lizard Lick Towing (Monday at 9 p. m.) drew 1.9 million viewers last week and ranked among cable's Top 5 entertainment programs in its timeslot with adults 18-49 (1 million) and men 18-49 (584,000). It also sparked truTV to a Top 10 ranking for the night in both demos.

Hardcore Pawn (Tuesday at 9 p.m.) scored more than 2 million viewers and 847,000 adults 18-49. It ranked among basic cable's Top 5 programs in its timeslot among men 18-49 (411,000).

Impractical Jokers (Thursday at 10 p.m.) grew over the previous week, averaging more than 1.4 million viewers (+5%) and 805,000 adults 18-49 (+6%). Growth was even more pronounced among adults 18-34 and men 18-34. Impractical Jokers ranked among basic cable's Top 5 programs in the timeslot with key demos, fueling truTV to a Top 10 ranking for the night.

  [september 2013]  


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