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HBO TV Show Ratings Averages [as of Week 18]

HBOBelow are the HBO TV show ratings averages as of Sunday, January 27, 2013; the end of week 18 of the 2012-13 season. Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.

Because there are fewer HBO shows and they don’t adhere to the traditional season, for comparison I’ve also included the most recent seasons of shows that aren’t currently airing.

Week-to-week gains: Girls.
Week-to-week losses: (none).

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TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions

True Blood season 5 2.7 (2.67) 4.66 renewed for season 6
Game of Thrones season 2 1.9 (1.91) 3.80 renewed for season 3
Boardwalk Empire season 3 0.9 (0.85) 2.32 renewed for season 4
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 8 0.9 (0.92) 1.99 no word on show’s future
The Newsroom season 1 0.9 (0.86) 1.95 renewed for season 2
Veep season 1 0.6 (0.55) 1.04 renewed for season 2
Eastbound & Down season 3 0.6 (0.61) 1.03 renewed for season 4
Girls season 2 0.4 (0.43) 0.73 renewed for season 3
Treme season 3 0.2 (0.18) 0.53 renewed for season 4 (final)
Enlightened season 2 0.1 (0.10) 0.25 season 2 airing
Angry Boys season 1 0.1 (0.10) 0.23 ended
The Ricky Gervais Show season 3 0.1 (0.80) 0.13 ended

This chart incorporates the final show ratings (reported by Nielsen) for the initial airings. Because the demo isn’t as important, I’ve sorted the chart by viewership. There’s lots of information that channels take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series. Ratings are usually a determining factor for ad-supported networks but they can play a smaller role for pay channels. Perception and prestige are important factors in keeping subscribers.

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the averages? Which show(s) do you feel should be doing better or worse, based on their quality? Comment below.


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Ron January 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Girls has to be the worst show ever on HBO. Lousy story, ugly woman, dopey boyfriends, weird friends, and a horrendous plot line. Plus the ratings are horrible. Add it all up and the show gets renewed for a third season. Funny how Rome and Carnival never got a third season even though the ratings were much higher and the product was way better. Obviously Girls is being renewed for political reasons.


Rpb January 31, 2013 at 11:37 am



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