‘Boardwalk Empire’ Finale Ratings Down From Previous Years

Boardwalk Empire Ratings Down

Sunday's initial HBO telecast draws 2.2 million

HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” was down in the ratings this fall — another victim of the monster that is AMC’s “The Walking Dead” — but closed on Sunday with a 10-week high.

According to Nielsen estimates, the 9 p.m. airing of “Boardwalk Empire” averaged 2.18 million viewers, up about 200,000 from the previous week and the show’s largest audience since Sept. 15. Still, it was off about 20% from last year. It was an especially brutal night competition wise, including the big Patriots-Broncos NFL game, “Walking Dead” and the American Music Awards.

“Boardwalk,” which has been renewed for a fifth season, has generally trended down in the ratings since its big first year. That first-season finale wrapped in December 2010 with 3.29 million same-night viewers, with the 2011 closer drawing 3.01 million and last year’s slipping to 2.73 million.

By comparison to other recent season finales of HBO dramas, Sunday’s closer of “Boardwalk Empire” came in above “The Newsroom” (1.5 million) but behind “Game of Thrones” (5.4 million) and “True Blood” (4.1 million).

Episodes of “Boardwalk Empire” have been gaining a little over 1 million viewers with a full week’s worth of DVR playback, going from nearly 2 million to about 3 million in L7. According to HBO, the gross audience for the show across various platforms this season is about 7 million.

Following “Boardwalk Empire” on Sunday, comedy “Getting On” drew 520,000 viewers for its premiere.

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  1. L A Read says:

    I LOVE Boardwalk Empire! Best show on HBO (sorry Bill Mahr). All the actors are just outstanding — I had a dear friend in her 90s who used to tell me about the ’20’s & ’30’s and I saw it all come to life watching BE. And the dresses! Wow! I wd kill for Margaret’s wardrobe!
    I think Richard sd be brought back (what a great surprise for Season 5!). Seriously, writers, u can’t think of a sensible evolution for him? Plus, don’t air on Sinday nite! It’s football nite & THAT won’t be changing. Put it on Thursday nite, avoiding sports, AI, & vapid vampire shows. Wish I cd be in one of the episodes; failing that, bring Richard back.

  2. Andrew says:

    I loved Getting On.

  3. moucon says:

    Their loss. But I think the buzz during the week will level it out L7 and total numbers will be back up. This past Sunday had a lot of competition – the best football game of the season, AMA, etc. Boardwalk is still the best thing on television and it was a great finale. BTW – Nobody wants to watch “Getting On” – a “comedy” set in a nursing home or whatever it is. I have two relatives living in managed care situations and let me tell you – there is NOTHING humorous about any of it. After dealing with it all week every week the last thing I want to do is watch a spoof of it on Sunday night. Epic fail.
    So sayeth the troll.

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