‘Real Housewives’ takes No.1 on Black cable ratings chart; BET is week’s network winner

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Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 17 – 23

(March 26, 2014) After three weeks of declining black audiences, the Top 25 cable shows attracted an increase in watchers. Bravo’s “Real Housewives” moved up from last week to No.1. The number of shows pulling at least a million viewers in prime time nearly doubled to 14. The OWN channel, (winner of the past two weeks) failed to place a program on the list

The most watched cable network for the third week of March was BET, which posted 7.1 million viewers across six of its shows. Bravo took second place with a collective 5.2 million watchers from six shows. Third place went to VH1 for 4.1 million viewers for three shows.

The total number of viewers for the Top 25 most watched cable shows in black households, according to Nielsen, increased 23 percent to 28.3 million.

Top 25 Cable Shows in Black Households

Rank | Program | Network  | AA Rating | AA Share | AA Viewers 2+(000)

1 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 14.1 19.8 2,880
2 THE GAME BET 12.3 17.4 2,444
3 BASKETBALL WIVES LA VH1 8.2 11.8 1,683
4 LETS STAY TOGETHER BET 7.6 10.9 1,462
5 SINGLE LADIES VH1 7.0 9.6 1,419
6 WALKING DEAD AMC 6.5 8.7 1,496
7 BLOOD, SWEAT & HEELS BRAVO 6.4 8.6 1,288
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 6.2 8.8 1,394
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 6.0 8.3 1,313
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 5.7 8.2 1,177
11 THE GAME BET 5.6 7.8 1,099
12 BASKETBALL WIVES LA 3 VH1 5.5 7.7 1,057
13 FASHION QUEENS BRAVO 5.4 7.4 1,095
14 BRING IT! LIFETIME 4.4 6.4 904
15 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK BET 4.3 6.7 816
16 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 4.0 6.1 721
17 WWE FRI NIGHT SMACKDOWN SYFY 4.0 6.6 733
18 BGC ALL STAR BATTLE OXYGEN 3.9 5.4 813
19 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK BET 3.8 5.7 664
20 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK BET 3.7 6.5 713
21 AMERICAN DAD ADULT
SWIM
3.7 5.3 693
22 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 3.6 6.0 617
23 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 3.5 5.0 648
24 AMERICAN DAD ADULT
SWIM
3.4 4.9 627
25 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 3.3 5.4 597

Source: The Nielsen Co. Number of viewers ages 2+ shown in thousands (1,000 = 1 million). Rankings are based on share of black households. Representing more than 13.45 million television households in the U.S., the African-American television audience is the largest minority segment in Nielsen’s measurement samples. All times Eastern.

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