Cable Ratings: Queen of the South, The Last Ship, and Kidding

Queen of the South season 3In this edition of CarterMatt’s Cable Ratings, we want to specifically touch on a number of different shows we haven’t checked on in a while: Queen of the South, The Last Shipand also Kidding on Showtime — a show we haven’t touched on at all to date. We’re talking here mostly about the live ratings, so think of that while we press onward. (Many of these shows are also reliant on DVR viewership to constitute their full audience.)

Queen of the South – While there is still no formal renewal for the USA series (don’t ask us why cause this should be a given), this show tied its season-high 0.4 rating last Thursday while also posting 1.22 million viewers — its best live viewer total since the start of the season. While the show did drop year-to-year in total, the drops were minimal enough that you don’t have to worry all that much about its viewer base. This is one of the most consistently-loved and followed series on TV overall.

The Last Ship – Given that this is the final season and TNT isn’t exactly promoting the upcoming episodes like gangbusters, we expected the numbers to go down. All things considered, we think that it averaging a 0.3 rating in the demo (close to even with season 4) and 1.28 million viewers isn’t bad. On a different network with a better campaign, maybe The Last Ship could have continued — yet, we say that not knowing the series’ total budget and, in the end, getting five years of a cable show is definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Kidding – Given the celebrity behind the show (Jim Carrey) is the star, we were super-curious to see how its faring through two live ratings. The numbers to date are low — on average, it is just averaging around 365,000 live viewers. However, remember that the premiere episode was available early and Showtime made episode 2 available online early for subscribers. Therefore the vast majority of viewers are watching it via means other than live TV and this is why these numbers are a little bit deceptive.

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