From MTV’s ‘Scream’ to HBO’s new comedy starring The Rock
Years ago, summer was the time for the cable networks to roll out their premier shows.
That was back when cable rarely competed for viewers with broadcast and was a mere afterthought during the regular season.
Those times are long gone, of course, but a number of cable channels still wait until summer to schedule their most-anticipated shows, knowing they have a better chance of standing out amid the clutter.
Here’s a look at summer’s five most-anticipated new shows, based on social media buzz, conversations with media buyers and TV critics’ assessments.
ABC Family’s ‘Becoming Us’ (June 8 at 9 p.m.)
This timely reality show follows a teenage boy, Ben, whose father is transitioning to a woman. Ben happens to be dating a girl with a transgender parent as well. With all the interest in Caitlyn Jenner’s recent transition, ABC Family may see a big crowd tune into the premiere on Monday.
HBO’s ‘Ballers’ (premieres June 21 at 10 p.m.)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a financial adviser and former football player who advises pro athletes in a show that shares a lot in common with another onetime HBO hit, “Entourage.” There are a lot of winking cameos from real athletes and an attractive group of lead actors appearing in pretty locales. The current box office success of Rock’s most recent movie, “San Andreas,” has raised the show’s profile.
USA’s ‘Mr. Robot’ (premieres June 24 at 10 p.m.)
This drama about hackers got rave reviews from a screening at SXSW earlier this year. It delves into the deep underground world of black-hat (or the sneakiest of the sneaky) hacking, including one hacker known only as “Mr. Robot.”
MTV’s ‘Scream’ (premieres June 30 at 10 p.m.)
Reboots are hot right now, and MTV’s revival of the 1990s satirical horror franchise should draw a decent audience. It will appeal to young people and also older ones who remember the original movies. The network has put a lot of promotional muscle behind it, and the show has tens of thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook.
FX’s ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ (July 16 at 10 p.m.)
Denis Leary returns to FX four years after his critically acclaimed dramedy “Rescue Me” ended. Considering how well Leary and FX did the last time together, this should draw a substantial audience. Leary plays the washed-up singer of a once-promising band who tries to get the group back together.
In cable ratings for the week ended May 31:
Top five networks in primetime (18-49s): ESPN, TNT, USA, TBS, ABC Family.
Top five networks in primetime (total viewers): ESPN, History, USA, Disney Channel, HGTV.
Top five total-day networks (total viewers): Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Adult Swim, USA, Cartoon Network.
Top cable news networks in primetime (total viewers): Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, HLN, CNBC, FBN, Al Jazeera America.
Top five cable news programs (total viewers): 1. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.); 2. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Thursday, 8 p.m.); 3. Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.); 4. Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.); 5. Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” (Thursday, 9 p.m.).
Top movie (total viewers): Disney Channel’s “Despicable Me,” (Monday, 8 p.m.) 2.78 million.
Top sporting event (total viewers): ESPN’s “NBA Playoffs” (Wednesday, 9:03 p.m.) 9.03 million.
Show on the rise: Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People,” Friday, 9 p.m. The reality show averaged 3.61 million total viewers, slightly more than double the 1.80 million it averaged the previous week.
Show on the decline: OWN’s “If Loving You is Wrong,” Tuesday, 9 p.m. The drama slipped 10 percent week-to-week among total viewers, from 2.21 million to 2.00 million.
TOP 25 AD-SUPPORTED CABLE NETWORKS
|(1) Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24-hour day.
TOP 25 CABLE PROGRAMS
|1||NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS L||ESPN||8887|
|2||NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS L||ESPN||8280|
|3||GAME OF THRONES||HBOM||7009|
|4||NBA PLAYOFFS- CONF FNLS L||TNT||6269|
|6||NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACIN L||FS1||3940|
|8||SPORTSCENTER LATE L||ESPN||3649|
|9||ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE||DISC||3610|
|14||INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||3323|
|15||NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L||NBCS||3287|
|18||FOX SPORTS LIVE L||FS1||2772|
|19||SPORTSCENTER LATE L||ESPN||2728|
|20||THE OREILLY FACTOR||FOXN||2688|
|21||BIG BANG THEORY, THE||TBSC||2613|
|22||THE OREILLY FACTOR||FOXN||2575|
|-Source: Media Life Magazine|
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