Summer’s most anticipated new shows

June 3, 2015

From MTV’s ‘Scream’ to HBO’s new comedy starring The Rock

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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.

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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
Ranked on Total Viewers
Week Ending May 31

Rank Primetime Total Day
Net (000) Net (000)
1 ESPN 2567 NICK 1186
2 HIST 1861 DSNY 1166
3 USA 1761 ADSM 1064
4 DSNY 1671 USA 1058
5 HGTV 1587 TOON 1027
6 TNT 1526 ESPN 999
7 TBSC 1460 HGTV 912
8 FOXN 1458 FOXN 901
9 NBCS 1334 HIST 793
10 DISC 1300 NAN 787
11 FAM 1225 TNT 777
12 LIFE 1118 FAM 676
13 FX 1019 ID 661
14 FOOD 1017 TBSC 646
15 ADSM 1001 AMC 614
16 AMC 941 DISC 612
17 TLC 934 FOOD 588
18 ID 873 A&E 528
19 NAN 819 DSJR 527
20 SYFY 792 FX 520
21 APL 783 LIFE 516
22 A&E 744 TLC 484
23 SPK 729 TVLD 435
24 HALL 673 HALL 426
25 BRAV 651 SPK 424
(1) Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24-hour day.
Source: Nielsen

 

TOP 25 CABLE PROGRAMS
Ranked on Total Viewers
Week Ending May 31

Rank Program Net (000)
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
5 TEXAS RISING HIST 4078
6 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACIN L FS1 3940
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 3790
8 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 3649
9 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 3610
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 3585
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 3423
12 TEXAS RISING HIST 3387
13 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 3362
14 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 3323
15 NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L NBCS 3287
16 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 3017
17 DESPICABLE ME DSNY 2775
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
23 WWE SMACKDOWN SYFY 2574
24 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 2541
25 PAWN STARS HIST 2517
-Source: Media Life Magazine

 

 

 

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