Thursday Cable: ‘Jersey Shore’ Takes A Hit, Still Dominates, ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Suits,’ ‘Wilfred,’ ‘Futurama’ Finales & More

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Jersey Shore was back with a new episode, but was likely chop blocked by the NFL kickoff game dropping 0.6 ratings points vs. its last new Thursday episode 2 weeks ago, down to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. It still crushed everything else on cable or broadcast not featuring pigskin on Thursday night.

USA’s Burn Notice finale was up 0.2 points vs. last week to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, but stablemate Suits finale which had to go head-to-head with Jersey Shore was down a tenth with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Note that USA topped its NBCU stablemates in the “pushed onto cable” telecast of the NFL pregame show, but at *far* lower ratings than what NBC would have gotten. That was costly.

Lifetime’s Project Runway was down three tenths to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Football crossover? Hmmm.

A&E’s Beyond Scared Straight was up two tenths from last week to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

FX’s Wilfred finale which also had to battle Jersey show was down 0.3 ratings points vs. last week to a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. Louie finale ratings did not make the top 100 list we see. I will post them later if I see them.

Comedy Central’s Futurama finale was down a tenth to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

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. I attempt to filter out repeats, kids shows, and most non-primetime shows. Also, to limit the size of the list, I list only the top rated airing of each individual show.Will add extras that I see elsewhere into the post later.

Thursday’s Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV 10:00 PM 6.806 3.9
BURN NOTICE USA 9:00 PM 4.393 1.3
SUITS USA 10:00 PM 3.467 1.1
BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT AEN 10:00 PM 2.397 1.1
PROJECT RUNWAY LIF 9:00 PM 2.549 0.9
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ADSM 12:00 AM 1.691 0.9
THE FIRST 48 AEN 9:00 PM 1.846 0.8
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:45 AM 1.398 0.8
FUTURAMA CMDY 10:00 PM 1.482 0.7
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:30 AM 1.364 0.7
MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER BRVO 9:00 PM 1.179 0.6
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN 8:00 PM 1.502 0.5
THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:43 PM 3.806 0.5
ANCIENT ALIENS HIST 10:00 PM 1.500 0.5
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS FOXNC 7:09 PM 3.379 0.5
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 1.001 0.5
OBAMA JOBS ADDRESS CNN 7:08 PM 1.852 0.5
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 9:00 PM 1.083 0.4
LA INK TLC 10:00 PM 1.074 0.4
WILFRED FX 10:00 PM 0.902 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 11:00 PM 1.292 0.4
OBAMA JOBS ADDR ANALYSIS CNN 7:00 PM 1.855 0.4
COLBERT REPORT CMDY 11:31 PM 0.941 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.482 0.4
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 3.933 0.4
IMPACT WRESTLING SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.358 0.4
TOP 20 MOST SHOCKING TRU 10:00 PM 0.901 0.4
NFL KICKOFF 2011-7P USA 7:00 PM 1.123 0.4
MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER BRVO 10:00 PM 0.759 0.4
CHOPPED FOOD 10:00 PM 1.078 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.388 0.3
SP HH URBAN LIVING HGTV 9:00 PM 1.351 0.3
PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT CNN 9:00 PM 1.418 0.3
HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS MSNBC 7:42 PM 1.932 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1.610 0.3
THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:00 PM 2.745 0.3
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 1.524 0.2
MY FIRST PLACE HGTV 8:30 PM 1.076 0.2
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 1.938 0.2
HANNITY FOXNC 9:00 PM 2.213 0.2

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