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.

How are you enjoying the new Dallas? What are its strengths, weaknesses? Tell us in Comments!

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.

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53 Comments
  1. Lincoln says:

    I like the new Dallas for the most part.. wish they would do something about the goofy camera angles and jump cuts though…. distract from the storylines. And Hagman needs to do something about those eyebrows… wow..

  2. NEK38583 says:

    I am loving Dallas I hope it runs for years to come. Any one who has not watched this show needs to give it a try. It is awesome. The best show on televison.

  3. Scott says:

    Only weakness: we need Pam back. As a regular. Even a recast: that character needs to return

    • wheee says:

      Didn’t she die in the original?

      • She had a car crash and was burnt and left the ranch when she was recovering to get away from the ewings but rly she left the show cause of irl problem with the rest of the cast, another woman player Pam a year later as tho she had been operated on with plastic surgery. So she is alive.

        • darth25 says:

          In that scene when she was played by the other woman it was also stated that she was dying of some un-named disease as well so for all intents and purposes she is presumed dead…

  4. The WB Frog says:

    Enjoying the whole show! Wouldn’t change a thing!

  5. valería says:

    I dont like Jordana Brewster… She doesnt have the streng of protagonist!! But i reallu really like Julie Gonzalo

  6. Tania says:

    Matt, what are your feelings about shows like Dallas, The Munsters, etc., being revived? I can’t help but think that studios are just being lazy. I’m not a fan of these reincarnations.

    • Drew says:

      Why is it that nobody ever complains when Hamlet is remade? Hundreds of years of reusing the same script. Now THAT is lazy.

      • Tania says:

        Apparently, you just did Drew. You get no argument from me. Why not throw in Pride and Prejudice, Emma, etc., etc., etc. I, personally, was asking about shows like Dallas, Knight Rider, Bionic Woman and so on. I find THESE lazy.

        • Drew says:

          My point is that this has always been a part of the entertainment industry. It’s not a sign of some sudden laziness, it’s just par for the course. Musicians cover other peoples’ music. Authors write a new take on old stories. Theaters stage new productions of old plays. And Hollywood produces new versions of old stories.

          The laziness only comes into play when those people don’t put in the time or effort to do it well. Knight Rider sucked because the writing and production was horrible, not because it was a bad idea from the jump.

          If you look at the different Star Trek shows (sequels, not remakes, granted), they worked well when effort was put in and they failed when they were just made to keep the cash flowing in. Battlestar Galactica succeeded because effort was put into it. Bionic Woman failed because it was more about the title than having an actual story to tell. Buffy was better as a TV series than as the original movie… The list goes on.
          Remakes, reboots, reimaginings and relaunches aren’t bad unless they don’t have a solid foundation going in. But the same is true for any show.

      • JASon says:

        Obviously you haven’t watched the show! it is not a remake!! it is a sequal with different storie!!

        • Drew says:

          I’ve watched the show. The original post wasn’t simply about Dallas, but The Munsters as well, which is a remake.

      • ElKabong says:

        I’m with you! I mean, seriously! Whats with all the repeats and re-casting!?!? ONLY RICHARD BURBAGE SHOULD PLAY HAMLET!!!

  7. wildsubnet says:

    Was sure it was going to be bad…actually enjoying it. More than I thought I would. Oh, and episode 3 was even better than the first two. And Hagman’s eyebrows rule. Nothing say evil bad guy like overgrown eyebrows. This show wears it symbolism on its sleeve.

  8. cjeffery7 says:

    i think patrick duffy has forgotten how to act. otherwise i’m enjoying it! i’ll see where it goes before making a final judgment.

    • AriesMatt says:

      What? Totally disagree with you here. I’ve been very impressed with his acting abilities, especially when he is showing anger. Love him.

      • Lisa Murphy says:

        I also disagree, I think the acting is great, The next generation is awesome. The show comes close to the original. I am glad they were able to bring on JR. Even at his age his acting is suberb. This night soap opera is a winner for me.

  9. lisa says:

    I think Dallas is done very well and the only reason Im watching is for the originals had they not been apart of the new Dallas I would’nt have watched and I only hope Charlene Tilton comes back as a regular.
    Also I do hope the writers give Linda,Larry and Patrick major storylines because imo actors over 35 are much more intersting to watch and bring talent.

  10. Whatever says:

    The Dallas reboot is great.

  11. patrick says:

    Love it! I wish we had more shows like it.

  12. Scott says:

    Nope Pam is still around. Having her back on the show would rock

  13. Scott says:

    Dallas is entertainment plain and simple. If you liked the original show, you will like this show. They are trying to mesh the old with new and that takes time. If this were on network tv it probably would have already been cancelled.
    Remember TNT gave the green light for only 10 episodes, which is good for a show that has been off the air for so many years.
    If we all give the show a chance it will make it and it will be renewed. Cynthia the EP has taken on alot of repsonsibility and so far she has done great, and no I dont work the industry just remember the original. She also made it as seamless as possible.
    If it is renewed, who knows who will be back…Pam, her evil sister (people do come back from the dead) Pam’s other thorn in her side Jenna.
    How about this bring back Ray’s wife Donna to go against Sue Ellen in the political arena.
    Here is another storyline Christopher’s wife and and brother in law are Kathryn Wentworths evil spawns…hehehe
    The storys are endless….guest star Donna Mills and let them games begin. :)

    • KansasGuest says:

      Katherine was PSYCHOTIC! There have been comments about the significance of Rebecca’s name. But, if so, you would think Cliff Barnes would recognize his own niece when she came with Christopher. And, if Cliff is working with Rebecca & Tom, it seems too cruel to target Pam’s only son with deception like that.

  14. Jessi says:

    I really love this show! I was too young for the original but I love this! Hope it stays on the air!

  15. Lisa says:

    Bring back the characters of Pam, Jenna,Ray, Donna, Lucy. I’m only watching because of the original vets…

  16. Jeremy says:

    I love the new Dallas, the only thing i would change is to opening, it needs to be a bit longer and actually show the cast like the origional. But otherwise I really enjoy the show. I know that TNT wants to make this new Dallas more about Christopher and John Ross, but I still love J.R. and Bobby the best.

  17. The Diva says:

    I like everything about the new Dallas except Jordana Brewster. She has no personality and does not have chemistry with either John Ross or Christopher.

  18. Ally says:

    I love the new Dallas. I’m glad it was made into a sequel with old cast rather than just a remake. I’m 28 so can’t recall a lot of the old show, but it was on the TV at home so much as a kid that it makes me almost tear up listening to the opening tune when the credits come on. I’m with a lot of other people though who want pics of the cast during the opening credits. I’m really disappointed a lot of shows in general don’t do that anymore.

  19. Dee says:

    I love it, would not change a thing!

  20. B- says:

    It would be cool to see a continuation of Knots Landing now as well… If Primetime Broadcast TV doesn’t want to bring back the Soap genre, I think Cable should. These shows all had amazing runs in their heyday. Why not relaunch them?

  21. Missy says:

    The return of Dallas has been a welcome change for the summer. Great storyline and the young cast works well with the older core characters. No doubt the show will return after 10 episodes with ratings from 5 to 7 million viewers. Thanks to Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray for coming back to Southfork, Need more Charlene Tilton and Ken Kercheval. Can’t wait for the return of Pam. How about the return of some characters from Knots Landing. CBS made a mistake by letting TNT get this one but CBS and ABC are too busy trying to get rid of soaps.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    I am a huge fan of the original Dallas. Even though I am enjoying this sequel I am finding it hard to swallow all of the inaccuracies. For example: Miss Ellie was never institutionalized after Jocks death; oil was on section 40 of the ranch not section 23 and Jocks will prohibited drilling not Miss Ellies. I think that the people writing this show need to check their facts before rewriting TV history.

    • Shanon says:

      I think that’s what happened after the show ended between the original Dallas and the new Dallas the kids grew up so perhaps they did that to put in a filler in between both shows from when it was cancelled to where it starts up again.

  23. JimJ says:

    If there are a few inaccuracies, so be it. Shows tend to contradict themselves anyway when on for many seasons. I am thoroughly enjoying Dallas. I was a huge fan and grew up with the original. This really has me much more interested than I ever was in the final few seasons of the original or in those tv movies. I just hope Larry Hagman beats his health issues so he can grace the screen with those evil eyebrows that fit a devil like J.R.. I’m impressed with the writers. They have J.R. up and going like he should be. Also, please do not “kill off” the character of Bobby with this cancer thing. I like all of the others (especially Bobby’s wife), but IMO, it just isn’t Dallas without J.R. and Bobby.

  24. Shanon says:

    I love the brows that J.R. is sporting. Can’t wait for more episodes.

  25. courtney says:

    One word …..HOOKED!

  26. Mary says:

    LOVE the new Dallas. Wouldn’t change anything about it. I love JR’s brows, too! I’m glad it was revived. I wouldn’t mind seeing Knots Landing make a comback either with GARY EWING. Remember he was the 3rd brother… and he was Lucy’s dad.

  27. John Logan says:

    Its been a long time since I looked forward a program every week. Had my doubts. Bam ! Im hooked, as is Shanette. ( wife ). I noticed the writer is female. Seems like its even spicier. Its funny about the off comments on Christophers wife. She seems to play the role as the director wants. She is hard to like, but hey, shes getting lots of press here. Thank You TNT.

  28. Nancy Kessler says:

    I am absolutely loving the new Dallas tv show. John Ross Jr and Elana are my absolute favorites. The plot is riveting, and keeps me on edge of my seat, I hope it is coming back for new round of episodes. I will watch!

  29. Deb says:

    My current favorite show-I look forward to each new episode

  30. Lynn says:

    My husband and I look forward to Wednesdays! Absolutely love the show. Much more enjoyable that all the crazy reality shows.

  31. Donna Leavy says:

    Why I watch…. JOHN ROSS!

  32. Darren OConnor says:

    When I heard Dallas was coming back, i got goosebumps! When i watched episode 1 and heard the theme and the aerial flight into Dallas, I got goosebumps on my goosebumps. I love this show, loved the old one, love the new one, what adds to the icing on the cake is the original cast showing up, great, please watch it, i don’t want to lose it after having it back after so long away. Bring on series 2. Just remember “who shot J.R” biggest ever television ratings……….(hopefully that still stands).

  33. ANNIE K says:

    LOVING THE NEW DALLAS AMAZING CAST OLD & NEW JUST AS SPARKY, ENTERTAINING & FULL OF GLAMOUR, GLITZ & BACKSTABBING , WE WANT MORE XXXX

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