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Showtime TV Show Ratings (updated 11/18/14)

showtime-tv-show-ratings-24Since Showtime is a pay-for-view cable channel, the execs aren’t tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels. However, they still have to run programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We’ll have to wait and see.

Scripted Showtime shows listed: The Affair, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, and Web Therapy.

Last updated: Most recent ratings for The Affair and Homeland added.

There’s lots of data that Showtime execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don’t play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here’s an updated listing of Showtime’s recent/current primetime scripted shows.


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You can see other networks’ rankings here:
ABC | CBS | The CW | FOX | NBC | ABC Family | FX | HBO | TNT | USA

A couple of notes about these charts:
These figures are updated automatically as new ratings are released (usually a day or so after the broadcasts). The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing). For technical reasons, I have to resort them manually so feel free to let me know if I missed something.

The demo numbers, which are typically most important to the broadcast networks, aren’t quite as vital to cable channels because their audiences are usually much smaller. Demo numbers are typically reported using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). In the averages, I’m using an extra decimal for easier ranking.

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better? Which one do you think will be cancelled next?

 

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Miller Anderson November 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I find “Masters of Sex” very interesting. It’s very juicy because it’s set in the 50’s and 60’s just before the sexual revolution. I loved seeing the vintage toys that they used in Season 1…so glad Showtime renewed their second season!

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Keith October 1, 2014 at 2:08 am

I just realized that I watched all of the shows on the list except “Episodes” , “Homeland” and “Web Therapy”. If Showtime ever cancels Shameless, I will cancel my subscription.

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kc August 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

RAY DOOVAN is SUPERB…one of the FEW reasons I subscribe; he goes so does my subsdcription in 2015

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