Cable Ratings: Dallas Dips But Still Rules the Ranch, Baby Daddy Delivers

TNT’s Dallas in its second week dropped from its boffo premiere, wrangling 4.8 million total viewers on Wednesday night (versus 6.9 mil).

But among the 18-49 crowd, the sudser only dipped 16 percent, while in the 18-34 demo it actually rose 14 percent week-to-week. Plus, it repeated as Wednesday’s No. 1 cable offering.

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Also on Wednesday in cableland:

* Baby Daddy delivered, giving ABC Family its second highest-rated comedy premiere ever in the 18-49 and 18-34 target demos. What’s more, the newbie drew 1.7 million total viewers, up 17 percent from its Melissa & Joey lead-in (which itself hit season highs in total viewers and 18-49).

* Cedric the Entertainer’s The Soul Man was TV Land’s second highest-rated series launch in the cabler’s 25-54 target demo (trailing only Hot in Cleveland), while drawing 1.9 million total viewers. The Exes‘ Season 2 opener led out of that with an audience of 1.2 million and a gain of 25 percent in the 25-54 demo versus its series debut.