Whoever said that summer TV is irrelevant needs to go back and look at the programming guide. Over the course of the night there were many landmark programs — from the Miss USA Pageant to the MTV Movie Awards to NBA basketball to the “Game of Thrones” finale and so much more.
So how did some of this content ultimately end up faring? Here’s just a little bit of some of the cable numbers that have already been released.
-The season 2 “Thrones” finale drew 4.2 million viewers, which marks a brand new high for the HBO series. It is also up 38% compared to the 3 million people who watched the end of season 2. (HBO is estimating that including all of their repeats and HBO GO streams, “Thrones” is pulling in over 10 million viewers an episode — which ranks it as their third-most-successful series ever.)
-Unfortunately for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, the news was not as great. Thanks to so much competition, the Russell Brand-hosted show was pummeled by “Thrones” and brought in just 3.2 million viewers. On the flip side, “Teen Wolf” was almost even with its season 1 premiere audience with 2.1 million viewers, and that is with it having a far smaller lead-in audience this time around.
-A&E also struck some serious gold Sunday night. “Longmire” reigned as the network’s strongest original series launch ever with 4.1 million viewers, and its presence also helped “The Glades” reach its strongest audience to date with 3.1 million people tuning in.
Overall, what these numbers really prove is (yet again) that broadcast TV is not always where it’s at anymore. Instead, the cable world has become a hotbed for great programming and massive audiences.