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Wednesday Cable: 'Storage Wars' Dominates; 'Rescue Me' Series Finale, 'GOP Debate,' 'Necessary Roughness' & More

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September 8th, 2011


A&E's Storage Wars tightened its grip on the top of the Wednesday night cable ratings. Its episodes both scored a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 0.2 and 0.6 points from last week. Although I removed them from the list, Storage Wars repeats saturated the top of the rankings last night.

In its first episode without a Royal Pains lead in, USA's Necessary Roughness slipped only a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

The series finale of FX's Rescue Me was up 0.4 ratings points to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and 2.334 million total viewers. That was the top adults 18-49 number since the season 5 premiere and the top viewership since the season 4 finale.

The premieres of Animal Planet Animal COPS: Houston, and Saved, and Showtime's Inside the NFL did not appear on our top 100 list.

The premiere of Syfy's Paranormal Witness notched a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Discovery's Sons of Guns was steady at a nice 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

MTV's Challenge Rivals "something" show was down 0.1 points from last week's reunion show to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Dance Moms was up a noticeable 0.3 ratings points to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

The season finale of South Beach Tow fell 0.2 points to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating in both its airings.

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our source. If you don't see an original episode of a show here, it's because it wasn't in the top 100. If the show you're looking for isn't in the list, it doesn't mean it went down or even necessarily that it's lower than the shows in the list below, it just means we didn't see it.

Wednesday cable ratings (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Storage Wars AEN 10:30 PM 5.334 2.1
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 4.934 2.1
Necessary Roughness USA 10:00 PM 3.706 1.1
Sons of Guns DISC 9:00 PM 2.393 1.1
RESCUE ME FX 10:00 PM 2.334 1.0
DEBATE MSNBC 8:00 PM 5.411 1.0
TYLER PERRYS MADEA/ JAIL TBSC 8:00 PM 2.310 1.0
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1.944 0.9
Dance Moms LIF 10:00 PM 1.732 0.9
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1.434 0.7
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 10:00 PM 1.662 0.7
CHLNGE RIVAL SHLDVE SHOWN MTV 10:00 PM 1.137 0.7
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:30 AM 1.392 0.7
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 10:00 PM 1.686 0.7
Ghost Hunters SYFY 9:00 PM 1.442 0.7
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 10:30 PM 1.592 0.6
Operation Repo TRU 9:00 PM 1.439 0.6
PARANORMAL WITNESS SYFY 10:00 PM 1.262 0.6
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 1.098 0.5
Chelsea Lately ENT 11:00 PM 0.902 0.5
Operation Repo TRU 9:30 PM 1.304 0.5
Sons of Guns DISC 10:00 PM 1.038 0.5
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.977 0.5
MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC 9:49 PM 2.719 0.5
American Pickers HIST 8:00 PM 1.773 0.5
Top Chef Just Desserts BRVO 10:00 PM 1.065 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 10:30 PM 1.071 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 9:00 PM 1.262 0.4
Top Gear HIST 9:00 PM 1.078 0.4
INCOME PROPERTY HGTV 8:30 PM 1.046 0.4

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