Friday Cable Ratings: ‘Gold Rush’ More Golden + ‘Smackdown!,’ ‘Merlin,’ ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ & More

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Gold Rush got even more golden, rising 0.3 ratings points to lead Friday with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. It beat everything on broadcast easily, as well.

Friday Night Smackdown rose two tenths vs. last week to a  1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Two NBA games on ESPN were among the nights top cable shows.

Merlin rose 0.2 of a point vs. last week’s season premiere to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

The season premiere of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher had a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating and 1.1 million viewers.

Updates via @TVBillThe Life And Times Of Tim 0.1 A18-49 rating, 165,000 viewers. Phineas & Ferb 0.1 A18-49 rating both half hours, 334,000 viewers 10pm, 469,000 viewers at 10:30pm.

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):

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
GOLD RUSH DISC 9:00 PM 5.480 2.2
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 10:38 PM 2.748 1.2
WWE FRI NIGHT SMACKDOWN SYFY 8:00 PM 3.131 1.0
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 8:00 PM 2.461 1.0
FLYING WILD ALASKA DISC 10:01 PM 2.432 0.8
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:00 PM 1.556 0.7
WIPEOUT TRU 8:00 PM 1.754 0.7
FRENEMIES DSNY 8:00 PM 4.207 0.7
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 9:00 PM 1.472 0.6
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:30 PM 1.721 0.6
MERLIN SYFY 10:00 PM 1.755 0.6
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:00 PM 1.587 0.6
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 1.080 0.5
KATT WILLIAMS: PIMP CHRON CMDY 10:01 PM 0.924 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1.496 0.5
BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT AEN 10:00 PM 1.212 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 1.473 0.5
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 2.039 0.5
HARDCORE HISTORY HIST 11:30 PM 1.400 0.5
FOUR WEDDINGS TLC 10:00 PM 1.226 0.5
SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATL TLC 9:30 PM 1.408 0.4
CRAVE FOOD 11:30 PM 1.111 0.4
FACE OFF SYFY 11:00 PM 0.934 0.4
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 10:00 PM 1.062 0.4
DEADLY WOMEN ID 10:00 PM 0.966 0.4
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 9:01 PM 0.807 0.4
AMERICAS MOST WANTED LIF 10:00 PM 0.923 0.4
INFESTED! APL 9:00 PM 0.928 0.4
AMERICAN RESTORATION HIST 10:30 PM 1.239 0.4
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 10:01 PM 1.106 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.043 0.3
BEST THING I EVER ATE FOOD 7:30 PM 1.056 0.3
AMERICAN RESTORATION HIST 10:00 PM 1.156 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1.064 0.3


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