The Charts: Not Too Much Activity as the Summer Winds Down, Though Extant and Defiance Did See Some Improvements

By | September 4, 2014


Defiance_Syfy_CancelledWith the Summer shows winding down and the Labor Day weekend preemptions (that holiday also caused this week’s ratings delays), the activity on the charts was somewhat sparse for last week.  Perennial social network entry Teen Wolf did not make an appearance for the week, but that was because it has a special airing on Sunday Aug 24th prior to the VMAs and it actually appeared twice in the charts last week.  For the cable Top 25 based on total viewers, there were no entries for the week because the two regulars True Blood and The Last Ship have both wrapped up their seasons.  The Falling Skies season final was right at the edge with its 2.4 million total viewers, but didn’t quite make it in for the week.  In the broadcast network Top 25, Extant actually improved its ranking slightly, even though its rating and total viewers remained flat.  And in the General Sentiment charts that track social network activity, Defiance jumped up for its season finale even though the ratings for that double episode wrap up were rather tepid.  In those charts, Doctor Who again ranked high for the week.

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of August 25th thru 31st:

Nielsen Twitter Ratings
No Activity for Genre Shows
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
No Activity for Genre Shows
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Under the Dome CBS 11 10 Down 1.4 1.5
Extant CBS 20 24 Up 1.0 1.0
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Under the Dome CBS 8 6 Down 6.6 7.3
Extant CBS 14 17 Up 5.7 5.6
Person of Interest (R ) CBS 24 22 Down 4.6 5.1
General Sentiment – Cable Channels Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Doctor Who BBCA 2 1 Down
Defiance Syfy 6 13 Up
The Strain FX 11 21 Up
Outlander STARZ 25 n/a Up
General Sentiment – Broadcast Networks Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Under the Dome CBS 9 10 Up
Extant CBS 13 12 Down

Nielsen Twitter Ratings ranked based on the Unique Audience – The total number of distinct Twitter accounts accruing at least one impression of one or more different Tweets ascribed to a TV episode.  More info at this link.

General Sentiment tracks activity across the social networks for shows airing new episodes in Prime Time (start times between 8:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST Monday – Saturday and 7:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST on Sunday).  This data collected on seven (7) major broadcast networks and 43 cable television networks.  More info at this link.

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