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What Are the 20 Highest Rated Scripted Cable Shows Once DVR Viewing Is Accounted For?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 14, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 14, 2014 |

The ratings breakdowns were accustomed to seeing are typically overnight ratings of broadcast network shows, although when a cable show like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones breaks records, we do tend to see those ratings (in fact, in the last week, American Horror Story broke records for FX and The Walking Dead broke records for cable telecasts).

But it is interesting to see how the scripted cable programs (i.e., the ones we care about) stack up against each other. Shows that we see are getting less than a million viewers actually do quite well once they are broken down into the 18-49 demographic and stacked up against each other.

Take a look at the top 20 scripted programs in the coveted 18-49 demographic for the most recent week in which we have three days of DVR viewership available.

1. Sons of Anarchy

2. South Park

3. The Strain

4. Key and Peele

5. Boardwalk Empire

6. Awkward

7. Homeland

8. Witches of East End

9. Another episode of Witches of East End

10. Hell on Wheels

11. Z Nation

12. Brickleberry

13. The League

14. Doctor Who

15. If Loving You is Wrong

16. The Bridge

17. Franklin and Bash

18. Faking It

19. For Better or Worse

20. Haven

Granted, I haven’t heard of the OWN shows (If Loving You is Wrong and For Better or Worse, and haven’t bothered to watch the SyFy series (Z Nation and Haven) but it’s interesting to see that South Park, in its 18th season, is still the number two cable program of the week, and that two of my favorite shows, The League and Bridge, do much better when stacked up against the shows they are actually competing against.

Of course, all of these shows are going to be blown away once DVR ratings for The Walking Dead and American Horror Story come in.

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