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Friday Cable Ratings: Discovery's 'Gold Rush' Tops Cable + 'Friday Night Smackdown,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Boss' & More

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October 31st, 2011

 

The season premiere of Discovery's Gold Rush (formerly Gold Rush: Alaska) led the night with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Don't be confused by the second place "Gold Rush Alaska" and it's 1.0 in the table below, it was a special in-between seasons prelude episode  "The Off-Season" with the old name.

Against Game 7 of the World Series Friday Night Smackdown! was down another tenth to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. TBS' Tyler Perry's House of Payne drew a 0.6  adults 18-49 rating for each of its two half hours, that's up 0.2 and 0.1 respectively from last week's airings.

Syfy's Sanctuary was up down 0.2 from last week to a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating at 10pm. 

Not in the table below, but up against Game 7 of the World Series Starz' Boss had 391,000 viewers at 10pm, down from last week's premiere that drew 659,000 viewers at 1opm. While I scoff at the notion that Live+SD numbers aren't great indicators for broadcast networks and most basic cable channels, I buy the notion for premium cable channels who are only concerned with happy subscribers and getting more of them. Last week Boss  had 1.7 million viewers in all its weekend airings, which surged to 3 million viewers in Live+3 viewing. This week its weekend viewings had 1.1 million viewers, and if it grows over 2 million in the L+3, I'm guessing Starz will be happy with the numbers. Boss has already been renewed for a second season.

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our primary 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. Will add extras that I see later.

Selected Friday cable ratings (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Program Net Time Viewers (000) 18-49 Rating
Gold Rush DISC 9:00 PM 3327 1.3
Gold Rush: Alaska DISC 8:00 PM 2289 1.0
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2843 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1998 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1668 0.7
Wizards of Waverly Place DSNY 8:00 PM 3435 0.6
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:00 PM 1196 0.6
Flying Wild Alaska DISC 10:09 PM 1621 0.6
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:30 PM 1313 0.6
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:00 PM 1228 0.6
JESSIE DSNY 9:00 PM 3934 0.5
ThunderCats (2011) TOON 8:30 PM 1576 0.5
American Restoration HIST 9:30 PM 1649 0.5
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 9:00 PM 931 0.5
Say Yes to the Dress TLC 9:00 PM 1441 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1348 0.5
STAR WARS:CLONE WARS TOON 8:00 PM 1776 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 931 0.5
Wipeout TRU 8:00 PM 1254 0.5
A.N.T. FARM DSNY 8:30 PM 3221 0.4
BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN TOON 7:30 PM 1892 0.4
CRAVE FOOD 11:30 PM 1148 0.4
BRIDES OF BEVERLY HILLS TLC 10:00 PM 1288 0.4
The Soup ENT 10:00 PM 840 0.4
Meet the Browns TBSC 8:30 PM 916 0.4
Meet the Browns TBSC 8:00 PM 854 0.4
Fashion Police Weekly ENT 10:30 PM 751 0.4
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L ESPN 8:00 PM 1104 0.4
SANCTUARY SYFY 10:00 PM 1201 0.3
HAIRY BIKERS HIST 10:00 PM 1119 0.3

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