‘Luke Cage’ Glides To Ratings Glory / ‘Basketball Wives LA’ Sinks On VH1

Published: Thursday 20th Oct 2016 by David

Scripted content fronted by African-American actors continues to work wonders for the ever-changing world of television.

For, as ‘How To Get Away with Murder’ sweeps up gargantuan numbers for ABC as ‘Empire‘ does the same for Fox, Netflix‘s ‘Luke Cage’ has spelled success for the platform less than a month after its unveiling.

Good news below…

As Netflix does not rely on advertisers for funding it has the unique privilege of being able to withhold its show’s viewing figures from the general public.

Fortunately, that’s done little to stop SymphonyAM, an application which pulls sounds and data from users’ televisions to extrapolate viewership, from using its technology to uncover Cage’s ratings mystery.

What they discovered?

3.5 million Netflix users under the age of 50 tuned into to watch the series within the first five days of its release, seeing it outperform its sister show ‘Jessica Jones’ with ease.

With these numbers, ‘Cage’ rises to become the fifth highest-viewed show in Netflix history and is expected to impact the platform’s Top 3 before the year’s end as its digits skate towards the 5 million mark.


Unfortunately, VH1’s ‘Basketball Wives‘ is unable to boast of such glory.

Its fifth season came to an end on October 16th leaving much to be desired on a viewership tip even after being gifted the occasional ratings bumps by charismatic newcomer Duffey.

For, each and every one of the cycle’s fifteen episodes failed to cross the 2 million viewers-secured point.

This, seeing it flung deeper into the shadows of VH1 heavyweight ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ and  the NBC juggernaut ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ which picks up over 20 million viewers per season.


‘Basketball’s highest-rated showing of the season was its finale which picked up 1.82 million viewers.

Its lowest?

July 24th’s showing which was watched by 920,000 pairs of eyes.

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  1. MelaniaT October 20, 2016

    Reality tv is so redundant. Time to make America great again losers!

    • Queen Chezza October 20, 2016

      The low brow ones are. The Housewives is well produced so does well.

    • SMH October 20, 2016

      Agreed. Reality TV is for morons, which is why its stars are so ratchet.

  2. Rico October 20, 2016

    No lie hate her or not Duffy got the cast on 10. From Malaysia turning fake. Tammie and shaunie hating her. The angel girl that’s more than half the cast. Is time staying and Tammie hang it up, come across as bullies.

  3. e Nowqd Redv dibut it ash trjoan ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi October 21, 2016

    Duffy isn’t married at all and nobody knew who she’s and some people still don’t know who she’s

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