TBS Snaps USA’s Yearly Streak With Demo Viewers, But ‘Walking Dead’ Is King Of The Cable Universe In 2013 (GALLERY)

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST

UPDATED: TBS will snap USA’s seven-year winning streak among 18- to 49-year-old viewers for 2013, though TBSlogoUSA will hang on to its title as the most-watched ad-supported basic cable network for an unprecedented eighth year. Nielsen stats say that with days to go in the calendar year, USA also has maintained its lead with viewers 25-54 viewers for the year, and TBS will edge USA to claim its second yearly win with 18- to 34-year-olds.

USANetwork_logoThat said, neither network can boast a single original prime time series in the Basic Cable Top-10 Ratings Hit Parade — in any of these metrics. AMC’s The Walking Dead and A&E’s Duck Dynasty were the prettiest dresses in the basic-cable shop in 2013. Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty are the No. 1 and No. 2 original primetime series for the year, respectively, in total viewers, 25-54, 18-49, 18-34, and 12-34. Overall, The Walking Dead averaged 16.16 million viewers in 2013, with Duck Dynasty at 13.37 million, followed closely by History’s The Bible at 13.2 million.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Winter Finale Draws 12.1M Viewers

USA will average 2.75 million viewers for the year, followed by Disney Channel‘s 2.49 million, History‘s 2.16 million, TNT‘s 2.13 million, TBS’ 2.07 million, and ESPN‘s 2.05 mil. Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’ Winter Finale Draws 12.1M Viewers

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 12:23pm PST

walking dead season 4 winter finale 2Two main characters were killed off and the prison refuge was set ablaze last night on the Season 4 winter finale of AMC‘s The Walking Dead last night. The ratings powerhouse zombie apocalypse drama also … Read More »

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NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Snaps ‘Walking Dead’ Demo Winning Streak

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 11:35am PST

Last night’s episode of AMC’s zombie apocalypse series had some surprises, the return of one vital character and some very serious father/son firepower bonding. However, The Walking Dead did not have the … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’ Slays NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again In Demo

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 12:01pm PST

That’s two in a row on top for the zombie apocalypse. For the second consecutive week AMC’s The Walking Dead has beaten NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football in the key 18-49 demo to reign … Read More »

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AMC Renews ‘The Walking Dead’ For Season 5, Scott Gimple To Continue As Showrunner

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 10:22am PDT

No surprise that after shattering cable records with its Season 4 debut this month, the top-rated zombie apocalypse is coming back. AMC today announced there will be a fifth season of The Walking Dead. “We are … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Andrew Lincoln, who plays lawman-turned-zombie killer Rick Grimes in AMC’s The Walking Dead. This comes after the agency inked his Walking Dead co-star Norman Reedus, and shortly after the fourth-season premiere d… Read More »

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AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Slips In Week 2, Still Tops Demo Over All Other Non-Sports Programs

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 12:06pm PDT

After smashing through cable records with new highs in its Season 4 premiere last week, The Walking Dead settled down a bit last night – though not much. Up against the competition of the ratings powerhouseRead More »

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‘The Walking Dead’ Hits Another High As Live+3 Results Shatter Cable Record

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 12:57pm PDT

Already the biggest thing on TV after NFL Football, The Walking Dead’s very good week just got a bit better. With Live+3 numbers now in, the October 13 Season 4 debut of the AMCRead More »

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‘Walking Dead’ Used As Threat In AMC Carriage Dispute, Canadian Telecom Says

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 11:01am PDT

Western Canada could soon become a dead zone for The Walking Dead. In fact, as a complaint filed in U.S. federal court last week by Canadian telecom Telus reveals, all of AMC could be going dark for the company’s nearly 800,000 subscribers. Telus claims that AMC is playing rough to get better terms for its shows and that in the midst of carriage negotiations, the cable powerplayer breached the companies’ long-established deal by trying to pull the plug with a termination letter dated September 27. The lawsuit says AMC took it up a notch during talks by pledging to run a crawl during Sunday’s record-breaking Season 4 debut of Walking Dead warning Canadian viewers that they wouldn’t be able to see the conclusion of the series unless Telus agreed to a new deal by October 11. While the crawl never happened, this lawsuit in the Southern District of New York has. Although different in the details, this could end up being similar in consequences to the dispute AMC had with Dish Network last year that saw the satcaster boot the broadcaster off its systems for more than four months before a deal was reached.

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CAA Signs ‘Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 9:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA just signed Norman Reedus, who plays everyone’s favorite zombie killer Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead. This comes just as the show’s fourth season premiere set a series record with 16.1 million viewers. Reedus … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Debut Smashes Records; 16.1M Watch

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 11:35am PDT

The zombie apocalypse relentlessly moved upward and took over TV again last night. The Walking Dead returned for its fourth season on Sunday to series record viewership. Airing at 9 PM, the AMC show … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’ Adds Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt; First Photo Of Sgt. Abraham Ford

By | Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 5:08pm PDT

Two new faces are coming aboard in familiar roles for Season 4 of AMC‘s The Walking Dead. Southland‘s Michael Cudlitz has been cast in the role of … Read More »

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‘The Walking Dead’ Adds Alanna Masterson

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Alanna Masterson is joining the cast of AMC’s smash The Walking Dead. She will recur in the upcoming fourth season with an option to become a regular in Season 5 of the zombie drama. Details … Read More »

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AMC Networks CEO Says His Company Will Benefit As Pay TV Providers Study Costs

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 8:21am PDT

One knock against AMC Networks as a business is that it may be too small to hold its own when it negotiates deals with cable and satellite distributors. But CEO Josh Sapan says he isn’t worried: With hit … Read More »

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Christian Serratos Joins ‘The Walking Dead’, Will Play Rosita Espinosa

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 12:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Christian SerratosEXCLUSIVE: Twilights Christian Serratos is joining another blockbuster genre franchise, this time on TV. Serratos has been cast in the upcoming fourth season … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden Lands Female Lead In ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 11:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Walking Dead cast member Laurie Holden has landed a co-starring role in Dumb And Dumber To, starring alongside Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed sequel that is being financed … Read More »

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AMC Prepping ‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Produced By Robert Kirkman & Gale Anne Hurd For 2015 Premiere

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 8:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

AMC is expanding another successful series into a scripted franchise. After giving the go-ahead last week to Better Call Saul, a spinoff series from Breaking Bad, the network just announced that it is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to mega hit The Walking Dead. The new drama series has a target on-air date of 2015. It will be will be executive produced by The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert for AMC Studios. “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. He noted that the companion series will have “an entirely new story and cast of characters”. “It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse,” he said. Added Kirkman, on whose comic The Walking Dead was based. “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.” Read More »

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‘The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey Set As The Lead Of AMC Pilot ‘Line Of Sight’; What About The Governor?

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 5:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: AMC has tapped a familiar face as the lead of its drama pilot Line Of SightThe Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey. Should fans of his character on the hit zombie series, The … Read More »

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EMMYS: Making Room For Genre Shows

By | Saturday August 24, 2013 @ 4:34pm PDT

Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor.

Although sci-fi, horror and fantasy programs have long been among the most popular with viewers, popularity with Emmy voters has been tougher to come by. For every Game Of Thrones—which earned 17 Emmy noms, including drama series—there’s a Walking Dead left nearly empty-handed. In fact, AMC’s zombie-apocalypse drama earned just two below-the-line noms, despite a critically acclaimed performance from leading man Andrew Lincoln and a record-breaking year in ratings.

Related: EMMYS: Drama Series Overview

It’s little comfort knowing that The Walking Dead is far from alone. The series is following an Emmy pattern established by hugely popular and influential TV franchises—such as Star Trek, Stargate SG-1 and Buffy The Vampire Slayer—that earned awards attention almost exclusively for visual effects, sound, music and makeup. And when it comes to the most visible Primetime Emmy categories, a mere handful of genre shows have broken through to nominations—and even fewer wins: The X-Files, Lost and, most recently, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and FX’s American Horror Story. Read More »

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