Thursday Cable Ratings: ‘Lip Sync Battle,’ ‘Dominion’ Return Down; ‘Teen Mom’ Solid

Teen Mom 2 Ratings
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PRIMETIME CABLE REPORT: Moving to a new night, MTV’s Teen Mom II kicked off its sixth season Thursday with a solid 1.14 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.953 million viewers overall, in line with where it left off its fifth season last October (on Wednesday) and solidifying itself as the network’s top-rated series. According to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates, it stood as cable’s No. 2 program of the night in adults 18-49 and No. 1 in adults 18-34 (1.44) and all female demos. And among women 18-34, its 2.2 rating led all of television, miles ahead of CBS’ “Big Brother” (1.5).

Lip Sync Battle, which had a very good first season for Spike in the spring, returned softer on Thursday (0.60 rating in 18-49, 1.273 million viewers overall), with these numbers right at the show’s previous low-water marks. The reality show opened last April with a 0.94 in the demo and about 2 million viewers, and closed with a 1.0 and 1.913 million total viewers in late May. Still, it finished among cable’s top 10 programs last night in women 18-49 and women 25-54.

Syfy drama Dominion had a low-rated second-season premiere (0.26 rating in 18-49, 1.059 million viewers overall), well under its same-night averages last summer (0.47 in 18-49, 1.61 million total viewers). “Dominion” had regularly aired behind “Defiance” on Fridays in its first season, and it didn’t seem to take too well to new lead-in WWE Smackdown — even if the wrestling series delivered solid numbers from 8 to 10 (0.62 rating in 18-49, 2.388 million viewers overall).

At Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor continued its strong week (0.41 in 25-54, 2.766 million viewers overall), edging out the previous night’s hour as its most-watched show of summer. With the funeral of Kate Steinle and the immigration debate as lead topics, “O’Reilly” was cable’s second most-watched program of the night.

Critically acclaimed but little-watched Sundance drama Rectify averaged 224,000 viewers for its third-season premiere, up from last year’s opener (145,000) and closer (165,000).

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Outside of primetime, Conan O’Brien’s trip to Comic-Con paid off with improved ratings. Compared with its prior four-week Thursday average, Conan (0.35 in 18-49, 781,000 viewers overall) was up about 40%.

Also of note: Discovery’s two-hour Shark Week special Shark Planet led cable in 18-49 (1.23 rating), but this was the event’s lowest-rated original in its five nights to date. … History’s Mountain Men (0.68 rating in 18-49, 3.088 million viewers overall) was up sharply in the demo from last week’s pre-holiday episode (0.44). It was cable’s most-watched program of the night, and its 1.17 rating in men 25-54 led all cable series.  … WeTV’s Braxton Family Values surged to season highs (0.64 rating in 18-49, 1.304 million viewers overall), and lead-out Cutting It: In the ATL also showed nice growth (0.46 in 18-49, 904,000) … USA’s Complications (0.46 in 18-49, 1.526 million viewers overall) hit a season high in 18-49 as well as 25-54 (0.54), while lead-out Graceland (0.33 rating in 18-49, 919,000 viewers overall) was in line with last week.


1.  Special: Shark Planet (Discovery), 1.23
2.  Teen Mom II (MTV), 1.14
3.  Special: Monster Mako-r (Discovery), 0.85
4.  Mountain Men (History), 0.68
5.  Braxton Family Values (WE), 0.64
6.  WWE Smackdown (Syfy), 0.62
7.  Lip Sync Battle (Spike), 0.60
8.  Alone (History), 0.57
9.  Teen Mom II, 9 p.m.-r (MTV), 0.47
10.  Cutting it in the ATL (WE), 0.46
10.  Complicated (USA), 0.46
12.  Beyond Scared Straight (A&E), 0.43
13.  Tiny House Hunters (HGTV), 0.41
14.  Beat Bobby Flay, 10:30-r (Food), 0.38
15.  Movie: Camp Rock 2-r (Disney), 0.37
15.  Fixer Upper-r (HGTV), 0.37
17.  Teen Mom II, 8:00-r (MTV), 0.34
17.  Lip Sync Battle, 10:30-r (Spike), 0.34
19.  House Hunters Intl. (HGTV), 0.33
19.  Graceland (USA), 0.33
19.  Beating Bobby Flay (Food), 0.33

1.  Mountain Men (History), 3.088
2.  The O’Reilly Factor (FNC), 2.766
3.  Special: Shark Planet (Discovery), 2.727
4.  WWE Smackdown (Syfy), 2.388
5.  The Kelly File (FNC), 2.240
6.  Special: Monster Mako-r (Discovery), 2.083
7.  Alone (History), 2.082
8.  Tiny House Hunters (HGTV), 2.009
9.  Fixer Upper-r (HGTV), 2.007
10.  Teen Mom II (MTV), 1.953

Source: Nielsen (live plus same-day)

Each 18-49 ratings point represents about 1.27 million viewers

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