Kardashian wedding ratings strong, but not record setting


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Kim Kardashian’s wedding delivered a large rating for E! as one might expect. Yet the audience for the much-hyped two-night event couldn’t top previous records set by the most-popular episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. We’ll get into that and, below, the second-week ratings for Showtime’s Dexter and Homeland.

Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event delivered 4.4 million viewers Sunday night and topped all of cable in the adult demo (2.1 rating). Then, on Monday night, Part 2 dipped to 4.0 million. Those are great numbers for a cable reality show and rank among the strongest Kardashians performances, but you could have expected something bigger — the fifth season premiere of Kardashians back in August easily beat it (4.7 million viewers), and so did the fourth season finale in February (4.8 million). 

Meanwhile, the second week of Dexter (1.7 million) and Homeland (938,000) dipped to varying degrees.

With repeats factored in, Dexter fell 18 percent (was anybody else put off by the somewhat cartoonish tone of last week’s return?), while Homeland was down a mere 8 percent. Still: Strong numbers for Dexter, while Showtime is pleased with the retention Homeland has demonstrated so far. Over on HBO, Hung averaged 1 million viewers, down slightly from last week.

Over on HBO, modest numbers for the return of Bored to Death (240,000) and the series premiere of the Showtime-y semi-comedy Enlightened (210,000).

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  • Nshi


    • Miranda

      I concur.

      • kelly23

        My best friend has just announced her wedding with a great man who is a cele+brity!
        They met-via { Himillionaires&c;o;m }
        It is nice club for rich men or pretty girls mate.
        You do not need to be wealthy or famous, but you can meet your true love, it’s worthy a try.

    • Give this b!tch

      cancer in the hoo-hah and I will be glued to the set (as will the rest of America).

  • allie

    thank god they’re not record setting!!

    • hadenough

      Constant heartbreak, drama and misunderstandings, conveniently made public by Mama K, is hard to keep going which is why I think Kim’s sudden marriage smacks of a self-aggrandizing, disgusting and trashy publicity stunt. What now Mama K? You’re only going to stay in the spotlight if the manufactured drama continues Why not “order” Kourtney to marry Scott? Work with a fertility doctor to see if Khloe can have twins. Double the money!!!And, if things get really bad, well there’s always Kendall, Kylie and possible sex tapes to revive your career. You must be so proud. Regarding the recent report on their wealth, we only have ourselves to blame.

      • neen

        i don’t blame myself. i have done nothing to further this clan other than the occassional negative comment on a message board. i don’t watch their shows or buy their merchandise. don’t blame the entire american viewing public for 5 million idiots. And i doubt those numbers anyhow.

  • Merson

    Kim Kardashian is so voluptuous and sexy This curvaceous and sensual young woman is pure Armenian perfection. She’s amazing. That woman is incredible. She is one well-endowed lady. I’d like to get my hands on her ‘ample assets’, if you’ll pardon the expression.

    • Dthor

      get your hands on a bed, a camcorder and an endorsement deal for low-class, low-end women’s merchandise and she’s all yours.

    • How many times

      are you going to post the exact same thing, LOL?

    • lisa g.

      LOL merson


    Seriously. Like 20 K.K. headlines on EW in the past 2 days is wayyyyyyyyyy too much, and hard to ignore.

  • fede

    And you wonder why you are the laughing stock of the world?

  • Brett

    I think the Kardashians have peaked. They are on their way to beconing the Gabors of their generation.

    • Nshi

      Beautiful comment Brett!

  • to Brett

    the Gabors were absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, and they didn’t tape their sexcapades . . . oh yes, and they had class

    • Zach

      Oh, please, she slapped a cop.

    • Rakim

      Yes, 30 husbands later, all class.

      The Kardashians might be annoying but I know i’d rather see a sex tape of Kim than Zsa Zsa!

      • John

        How about Eva?

  • Me

    It is absolutely criminal that more people watch this garbage over Dexter.

    • Shaye

      Showtime is a premium channel not everyone has access to it,so you can’t compare it to E!s basic cable’s ratings. But still thats a lot of morons,dear god!!

  • Hillary

    4.4 million people are brain dead losers.

    • ENOUGH!

      Hahahaha! Yes, this!

  • Ha!

    Americans continue to prove their awesomeness. I knew something was up because networks usually provide ratings numbers hot from the oven. I tried to google the numbers since yesterday morning and couldn’t find any info. Comedy Central couldn’t wait to tout the numbers (6 milli) for Charlie Sheen’s Roast the next morning before people could even brush their teeth. All those hubris promos and Kim K. failed. Ha!

  • kgm

    Are you serious? Stop allready with the walking std and her un educated gay boy. Nobody cares. We would rather they crawl back under their rock, and take queen std with them.

  • Wolvarine!

    Why do people care about these losers?

    The only thing the Kardashians are known for is getting black men off….

  • l

    Kim is a big fat pig. Her sister chloe looks more like a man than chaz. the thing i dislike the most is their annoying valley high school speak that is so grating. all the females in that family speak like that . kim needs a diet and cellulite medicine. courtney needs to stop being jealous of her sister cause she could look the same if she inhaled 12 cheeseburgers a day like that walrus in heavy eye makeup.

    • Michael

      I agree, she is more like a ham. Kim is a no-talent clown whom sold herself out. She would rather use the wedding for her own cash cow than any real bliss.

  • Katy Terry

    Love Kim Kardashian!! She deserves to be so happy with Kris Humphries and have lots of babies. Really lovely girl.
    She’s someone I really look up to as a successful entrepreneur, television personality, model and actress. I think she’s really, really sexy and I just have so much respect for her.

    • SEM

      Are you delusional? Or a prison inmate?

    • Padham

      Katie Terry, I weep for you.

      • Padham


    • neen

      this is an example of the thirteen year olds who look up to this idiotic family. too many kids now think that these people are the epitome of success. them and jersey shore trash who have sex on tv for cash. snooki actually has the nerve to act like she does no wrong and doesn’t deserve to be treated like trash. i know she was adopted but did her parents think that parenting meant just making sure she had stuff and became a spoiled brat? she might have had a better moral center being raised in a group home. and that’s sad. and, no, i don’t watch these shows, but i’ve seen enough clips on the Soup to know all i need to know.

      • Jay

        Snooki just makes me sick. I guess she got arrested and her parents didn’t tell her to grow up. She’s my age and I had more sense when I was 12. To think she made, what was it 30000 from rutgers when she talked there, its insulting. This family are only famous bc the dad was smart, yet they act clueless the entire time. Plus the wedding has to be fake

    • nicole

      the problem is that kim does have some good qualities but her career comes first. she wants a family but she will never put kris before her career. they already are fighting. she makes no time for him. he will leave her….in less than a year

      • mf

        totally agree!!! kim thinks kris has to put up with everything and noooooooooo shes wrong cant stand the way every single idea he brought to the plate for the wedding was shut down… kim and her mom should marry themselves poor kris (h) i feel so bad for him seriously doubt this marriage will last even 6 mnths

  • Stef

    Still more than Breaking Bad finale, which is kind of depressing.

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