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Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush' Less Gold, Still Golden + 'Smackdown!,' 'Merlin,' 'Real Time With Bill Maher' & More

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January 23rd, 2012


Gold Rush fell back the  0.3 ratings points it rose last week but still easily lead Friday cable with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating and again beating everything on the broadcast nets as well.  The late NBA Game on ESPN (which didn't begin until 10:39p ET) was second on the night with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Friday Night Smackdown was even vs. last week with a  1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Merlin fell back a tenth to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Updates via @TVBill:

  • Fish Hooks: 0.4 A18-49, 2.30m viewers
  • Ant Farm: 0.4 A18-49, 2.657m viewers
  • So Random: 0.4 A18-49, 2.817m viewers
  • Austin & Alley: 0.4 A18-49, 3.050m viewers
  • Life and Times of Tim: 0.0 A18-49, 107K viewers
  • On Freddy Roach: 0.1 A18-49, 188K viewers

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 4813 1.9
NBA REGULAR SEASON L ESPN 10:39 PM 2204 1.1
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 3324 1.0
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:30 PM 2282 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1968 0.8
NBA REGULAR SEASON L ESPN 8:06 PM 1995 0.8
Flying Wild Alaska DISC 10:01 PM 2549 0.8
UFC FIGHT NIGHT FX 9:00 PM 1271 0.7
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:00 PM 1834 0.7
GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PST TBSC 10:00 PM 1315 0.6
LAW ABIDING CITIZEN TNT 8:00 PM 1667 0.6
STAR WARS:CLONE WARS TOON 8:00 PM 2126 0.6
Dog the Bounty Hunter AEN 10:00 PM 1372 0.6
Dog the Bounty Hunter AEN 11:00 PM 1262 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 1431 0.5
JESSIE DSNY 9:00 PM 3334 0.5
Merlin SYFY 10:00 PM 1825 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 1027 0.5
Phineas and Ferb DSNY 8:00 PM 2758 0.5
BRAD MELTZERS DECODED HIST 9:00 PM 1821 0.5
Say Yes to the Dress: ATL TLC 8:00 PM 1051 0.5
CRAVE FOOD 11:30 PM 1175 0.4
SP SELLING SPELLING MANOR HGTV 9:00 PM 1383 0.4
Four Weddings TLC 10:00 PM 1181 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 7:00 PM 1028 0.4
Real Time with Bill Maher HBOM 10:01 PM 1130 0.3
SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND STZP 11:00 PM 982 0.3

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