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Cable Series for October

The Fall TV season is fully underway, heading into the holiday season on the major networks with plenty to also watch on the cable networks – both dramas, mini-series and made-for-TV movies.

Let’s take a look at how all of the cable dramas performed during the month of October.

CABLE DRAMAS

MONDAYS:

The Halcyon – The new Ovation period piece drama debuted on October 2, airing five episodes during the month, but – unfortunately – ratings for only one episode in the month could be tracked down. The ratings for the October 9 episode were 58,000 viewers

TUESDAYS:

American Horror Story: Cult – The long-running FX anthology series aired five new episodes of its current season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 3 – 2.2 million viewers
October 10 – 2.1 million viewers
October 17 – 2.1 million viewers
October 24 – 2.1 million viewers
October 31 – 1.5 million viewers

This averages out to 2 million viewers for October. The final two episodes of American Horror Story: Cult aired on November 7 and 14 with the season finale airing on November 21. The ratings for those episodes will be provided in next month’s report.

Major Crimes – The sixth and final season of the TNT police drama premiered on October 31, earning 1.7 million viewers. New episode of Major Crimes aired on November 7 and November 14 with the next new episode set to air on TNT tonight, Tuesday, November 21 at 9 PM.

WEDNESDAYS:

Channel Zero: No-End House – The Syfy thriller anthology aired the last four episodes of its second season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 4 – 406,000 viewers
October 11 – 477,000 viewers
October 18 – 407,000 viewers
October 25 – 374,000 viewers (Finale)

This averages out to 416,000 viewers for October. A new season of Channel Zero has been renewed by Syfy, but it has yet to be announced what this latest version will be called or when it will air.

Liar – The remaining episodes of the SundanceTV mini-series aired during October and on November 1. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 4 – No ratings could be tracked down
October 11 – 93,000 viewers
October 18 – 100,000 viewers
October 25 – 97,000 viewers
November 1 – 132,000 viewers (Finale)

This averages out to approximately 106,000 viewers for the above time period. A second season of Liar has yet to be announced by SundanceTV.

Queen Sugar – The OWN drama returned for a two-part mid-season premiere on October 3 and October 4 with three additional episodes of the second season airing during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 3 – 1.7 million viewers (Mid-Season Premiere, Part 1)
October 4 – 1.2 million viewers (Mid-Season Premiere, Part 1)
October 11 – 1.3 million viewers
October 18 – 1.1 million viewers
October 25 – 1.3 million viewers

This averages out to 1.3 million viewers for October. New episodes of Queen Sugar aired on November 1 and November 8 with the finale airing on OWN on Wednesday, November 15. The ratings for those episodes will be provided in next month’s report.

Mr. Robot – The third season of the USA Network drama premiered on October 11, airing three episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 11 – 681,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 18 – 519,000 viewers
October 25 – 542,000 viewers

This averages out to 581,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Mr. Robot aired on November 1, November 8 and November 15 with the next new episode set to air on the USA Network on November 22 at 10 PM.

The Shannara Chronicles – The fantasy drama moved from its original home on MTV to SpikeTV, airing the season premiere of its second season on October 11. Three episodes aired during the month. The ratings for those are as follows:

October 11 – 314,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 18 – 206,000 viewers
October 25 – 225,000 viewers

This averages out to 248,000 viewers for October. New episodes of The Shannara Chronicles aired on November 1, November 8 and November 15 with the final two episodes set to air on SpikeTV on November 22 at 9 PM and 10 PM.

THURSDAYS:

Van Helsing – The Syfy thriller returned for the start of its second season on October 5, airing four episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 5 – 459,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 12 – 451,000 viewers
October 19 – 488,000 viewers
October 26 – 456,000 viewers

This averages out to 464,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Van Helsing aired on November 2, November 9 and November 16 with the next new episode set to air on Syfy on Thursday, November 23 at 9 PM.

Ghost Wars – The new thriller debuted on Syfy starting on October 5, airing four episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 5 – 512,000 viewers (DEBUT)
October 12 – 505,000 viewers
October 19 – 393,000 viewers
October 26 – 498,000 viewers

This averages out to 477,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Ghost Wars aired on November 2, November 9 and November 16 with the next new episode set to air on Syfy on Thursday, November 23 at 10 PM.

FRIDAYS:

Z Nation – The Syfy zombiefest series aired four more new episodes of its fourth season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 6 – 545,000 viewers
October 13 – 576,000 viewers
October 20 – 616,000 viewers
October 27 – 600,000 viewers

This averages out to 584,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Z Nation aired on November 3 and November 10 with the next new episodes set to air on Syfy on Friday, November 17 at 9 PM.

Superstition – The new Syfy thriller debuted on October 20, airing two episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 20 – 453,000 viewers (DEBUT)
October 27 – 334,000 viewers

This averages out to 394,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Superstition aired on November 3 and November 10 with the next new episodes set to air on Syfy on Friday, November 17 at 10 PM.

SATURDAYS:

Halt and Catch Fire – The last three episodes of the fourth and final season of the AMC period piece aired during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 7 – 327,000 viewers
October 14 – 394,000 viewers (Two-Hour Series Finale)

This averages out to 361,000 viewers for October.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – The BBC America drama returned for the start of its second season on October 14, airing three episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 14 – 235,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 21 – 245,000 viewers
October 28 – 219,000 viewers

This averages out to 233,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Dirk Gently aired on November 4 and November 11 with the next new episode set to air on BBC America on Saturday, November 18 at 9 PM.

Versailles – The Ovation period piece drama aired four episodes of its second season during October. Ratings could only be tracked down for two of those four episodes. On October 14 it earned 145,000 viewers and on October 21 it earned 173,000 viewers. New episodes of Versailles aired on November 4 and 11 with the next new episode set to air on Ovation on Saturday, November 18 at 10 PM.

SUNDAYS:

Chesapeake Shores – The final two episodes of the second season of the Hallmark Channel family drama aired during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 1 – 1.9 million viewers
October 8 – 1.6 million viewers (Season Finale)

This averages out to 1.8 million viewers for October. Hallmark Channel has yet to renew Chesapeake Shores for a third season.

Ray Donovan – The final five episodes of the Showtime crime drama aired during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 1 – 1.2 million viewers
October 8 – 1.2 million viewers
October 15 – 1.2 million viewers
October 22 – 1.2 million viewers
October 29 – 1.2 million viewers

This obviously averages out to 1.2 million for October. Ray Donovan has been renewed by Showtime for a sixth season, which will air sometime in 2018.

The Last Ship – The TNT post-apocalyptic drama aired the final three episodes of its fourth season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 1 – 1.3 million viewers
October 8 – 1.3 million viewers (Season Finale – Hour 1)
October 8 – 1.2 million viewers (Season Finale – Hour 2)

This averages out to 1.3 million viewers for October. The Last Ship was actually renewed by TNT for two more seasons with the fifth season set to air sometime next year.

Fear the Walking Dead – The AMC zombiefest aired the final four hours of its third season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 1 – 2.4 million viewers
October 8 – 2.2 million viewers
October 15 – 2.2 million viewers (Two-Hour Season Finale)

This averages out to 1.7 million viewers for October. Fear the Walking Dead has been renewed for a third season by AMC, and will return at some point in 2018.

The Deuce – The 70’s-80’s themed series about the seedy world of porn aired the final five episodes of its debut season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 1 – 941,000 viewers
October 8 – 888,000 viewers
October 15 – 812,000 viewers
October 22 – 953,000 viewers
October 29 – 774,000 viewers (Season Finale)

This averages out to 874,000 viewers for October. The Deuce has been renewed by HBO for a second season, which will air at some point in 2018.

Outlander – The third season of the period piece drama aired four more new episodes on Starz during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 1 – 1.6 million viewers
October 8 – 1.6 million viewers
October 15 – No Episode Aired
October 22 – 1.7 million viewers
October 29 – 1.5 million viewers

This averages out to 1.6 million viewers for October. New episodes aired on November 5, November 12 and November 19 with the next new episode of Outlander set to air on Starz on Sunday, November 26 at 8 PM.

Good Behavior – The TNT drama aired its second season premiere episode on October 15, airing three episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 15 – 686,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 22 – 558,000 viewers
October 29 – 504,000 viewers

This averages out to 583,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Good Behavior aired on November 5, November 12 and November 19 with the next new episode set to air on TNT on Sunday, November 26 at 10 PM.

Poldark – The PBS period drama returned for its third season on October 1, airing five episodes during the month, but ratings could not be tracked down for any of them. New episodes of Poldark aired on November 5 and November 12 with the season finale airing on November 19.  Ratings, if they can be tracked down, will be included in next month’s report.  Poldark has yet to be renewed for a fourthseason by PBS.

The Durrells of Corfu – The PBS drama returned for its second season on October 15, airing three episodes during the month, but no ratings could be tracked down. New episodes aired on November 5, November 12 and November 19. Ratings, if they can be tracked down, will be included in next month’s report. The Durrells of Corfu has yet to be renewed for a third season by PBS.

Berlin Station – The spy drama on EPIX premiered its second season on October 15, airing three episodes during the month, but no ratings could be tracked down. New episodes of Berlin Station aired on November 5, November 12 and November 19 with the next episode set to air on EPIX on Sunday, November 26 at 9 PM.

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES

There were 15 made-for-TV movies that aired during October. Here are the ratings for those movies:

Marry Me at Christmas (Hallmark Channel) – 3.4 million viewers
All of My Heart: Inn Love (Hallmark Channel) – 2.8 million viewers
Good Witch: Spellbound (Hallmark Channel) – 2.7 million viewers
A Harvest Wedding (Hallmark Channel) – 2.7 million viewers
Love Struck Café (Hallmark Channel) – 2.6 million viewers
A Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating is Murder (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 1.1 million viewers
The Watcher in the Woods (Lifetime) – 998,000 viewers
The Sandman (Syfy) – 962,000 viewers
Darrow & Darrow (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 943,000 viewers
Flint (Lifetime) – 894,000 viewers
Gourmet Detective: Eat, Drink and Be Buried (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 887,000 viewers
House of the Witch (Syfy) – 698,000 viewers
Bobbi Kristina (TV One) – 660,000 viewers
NeverKnock (Syfy) – 570,000 viewers
The Stickman (Syfy) – 525,000 viewers

Ratings results for the cable dramas, mini-series and made-for-TV movies that have and will air in November that can be tracked down will be provided as soon as possible in December.

The Lifetime original holiday movie Wrapped Up In Christmas will air on November 25 at 8 PM.

Christmas is one of Heather’s (Tatyana Ali, Fresh Prince of Bel Air) favorite times of year but this year, as the manager of the upscale Town Center Mall, she has to be the Christmas Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores. One afternoon, Heather’s niece, Molly asks the mall Santa to help find a boyfriend for her beloved aunt.

Unbeknownst to Molly and Heather, “Santa” is actually Ryan (Brendan Fehr, Guardians of the Galaxy), who is working at the mall for the holidays and helping his Aunt Patty run her failing toy store. As Heather and Ryan begin to fall for each other, they have no idea of one another’s true identity: Heather who is tasked with closing his aunt’s store and Ryan who is too ashamed to tell Heather that he is the actually the mall Santa. Will Molly’s Christmas wish come true, or will Heather be stuck as the Town Center Grinch?

The film also stars Kim Fields, Jasmine Guy, Dan Lauria and Jackee Harry.

Here is a trailer for Wrapped Up in Christmas.

On November 25, The Christmas Train is the latest Hallmark Hall of Fame, holiday movie that will debut on both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 8 PM.

Disillusioned, globetrotting journalist Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney) must get from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles in time for Christmas. Forced to take the intercontinental trip by train, and determined to chronicle his adventure, Tom finds himself westbound with a variety of characters. On the train is renowned movie producer Max (Danny Glover), Max’s script doctor and protégé Eleanor (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and Agnes (Joan Cusack) who occupies the cabin opposite Tom’s and seems to know his business better than he does.

While all passengers on the Christmas train appear to be headed for the same destination, Tom has no idea that the rugged locomotives taking him across America will instead detour straight into his heart – into rude awakenings, his wildest hopes and dreams, and toward the opportunity for love Tom thought was lost forever.

Here is a trailer for The Christmas Train.

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5:10 PM:
The Watchmen movie on HBO2

5:45 PM:
Two Weeks Notice movie on AMC

6 PM:
My Christmas Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Holiday Switch movie on Lifetime (Reair)
Hitman movie on WGN America

6:15 PM:
The Incredibles (animated) movie on Freeform

7 PM:
Berlin Station on EPIX (Encore)
The Christmas Blessing movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

7:05 PM:
Big Hero 6 (animated) movie on Disney

8 PM:
NCIS on CBS (NEW)
The Flash on The CW (NEW)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
The Christmas Cure movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
The Flight Before Christmas movie on Lifetime (Reair)
The Notebook movie on AMC
The Princess Bride movie on BBC America
Hitman movie on WGN America

8:09 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore)

9 PM:
Bull on CBS (NEW)
This Is Us on NBC (NEW)
Major Crimes on TNT (NEW)
Hearts of Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

10 PM:
NCIS: New Orleans on CBS (NEW)
The Long Road Home on National Geographic (NEW)
A Perfect Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
The Princess Bride movie on BBC America
Terminator: Genisys movie on EPIX

10:01 PM:
Major Crimes on TNT (Encore)

Enjoy!

The Hallmark Channel movie Finding Santa will debut on November 24 at 8 PM.

Jessica was delighted to start running her New England town’s Christmas events after her mom died. The main event is the parade on Christmas Day when the jolly man in red greets the crowd. For the last 30 years, Henry, owner of a famous Santa School, played St. Nick. When Henry falls ill, and everyone else he has trained is already booked, Jessica’s in a predicament. The only possible replacement is Henry’s son, Ben, a driver who never wanted to follow in his father’s shoes. Desperate, Jessica sets off 200 miles north to find Ben and lures him to town by hiring him to drive her back. The trek is daunting; the real Kris Kringle makes it around the world easier than Ben and Jessica on their return. Still, once Ben dons the red suit, he feels the spirit of Christmas – and soon begins to realize he may have found the new, real-life Mrs. Claus.

The film stars Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and Eric Winter (Witches of East End).

Here is a trailer for Finding Santa.

It was a busy night of programming with football, news, reality, comedies, animation and the American Music Awards all airing with only the same three dramas airing new episodes

Here is how those few dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Show:
Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) [NEW] – 6.3 million viewers

9 PM Show:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 6.8 million viewers

10 PM Show:
Madam Secretary (CBS) [NEW] – 5.9 million viewers

NOTE: Due to football running over time, the ratings above are an average due to the overlap.

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

5 PM:
Kingsmen: The Secret Service movie on FX

5:50 PM:
The Bodyguard movie on HBO2

6 PM:
Sleigh Bells movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

6:15 PM:
Big Hero 6 (animated) movie on Disney

7 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore)
Home for Christmas Day movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Ray movie on TMC

8 PM:
Supergirl on The CW (NEW)
Enchanted Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Lucy movie on FX
Dear Santa movie on Lifetime (Reair)

9 PM:
The Gifted on FOX (NEW)
A Nutcracker Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

10 PM:
Scorpion on CBS (NEW)
The Halcyon on Ovation (NEW – Finale)
The Mistletoe Promise movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

10:01 PM:
The Good Doctor on ABC (NEW)
The Brave on NBC (NEW – Fall Finale)
Berlin Station on EPIX (Encore)
Road Less Traveled movie on CMT (Encore)
Lucy movie on FX

10:02 PM:
Dear Secret Santa movie on Lifetime (Reair)

Enjoy!