Friday Cable Ratings: ‘Gold Rush’ Still Tops + ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ Premiere, ‘Smackdown!,’ ‘Bering Sea Gold,’ ‘Merlin’ & More

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Gold Rush fell back another  0.2 ratings points it rose last week but still easily lead Friday cable with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The series premiere of stablemate Bering Sea Gold was second with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The season/series premiere of Spartacus: Vengeance drew a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating and 1.391 million viewers in its initial airing on Friday. Compare that to the January, 2011 premiere of Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena which drew a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating and 1.097 million viewers.

Friday Night Smackdown was down a tenth vs. last week with a  0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Merlin was up a tenth vs. last week to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Updates via @TVBill:

  • Fish Hooks: 0.3 A18-49 rating, 2.584 million viewers
  • Ant Farm: 0.4 rating, 2.658 million viewers
  • Life and Times of Tim: 0.0 rating, 119,000 viewers
  • On Freddy Roach: 0.1 rating, 204,000 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):

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
GOLD RUSH DISC 9:00 PM 4.242 1.7
BERING SEA GOLD DISC 10:01 PM 3.656 1.4
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 8:06 PM 2.286 1.1
WWE FRI NIGHT SMACKDOWN SYFY 8:00 PM 3.141 0.9
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:00 PM 1.855 0.9
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:30 PM 2.066 0.9
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.038 0.8
WIPEOUT TRU 8:00 PM 1.866 0.8
AMERICAN RESTORATION HIST 9:00 PM 2.217 0.7
AMERICAN RESTORATION HIST 9:30 PM 1.985 0.6
WINTER X GAMES          L ESPN 10:40 PM 1.221 0.6
SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATL TLC 9:00 PM 1.490 0.6
MERLIN SYFY 10:00 PM 2.085 0.6
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 8:00 PM 1.323 0.6
SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE STZP 10:02 PM 1.391 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 7:00 PM 1.404 0.6
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1.467 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 1.518 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1.286 0.5
SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATL TLC 9:30 PM 1.495 0.5
JESSIE DSNY 9:00 PM 3.427 0.5
FOUR WEDDINGS TLC 10:00 PM 1.277 0.5
BAD TEACHER STZP 8:26 PM 1.279 0.5
HARDCORE HISTORY HIST 11:00 PM 1.048 0.5
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 0.827 0.4
AMERICAS MOST WANTED LIF 9:00 PM 1.120 0.4


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