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Thursday Cable Ratings: NFL Draft Dominates + 'SportsCenter', 'Swamp People', 'Pauly D Project', & More

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April 27th, 2012

The NFL Draft dominated everything on cable last night to earn a staggering 3.3 adults 18-49 rating on ESPN and another 0.7 adults 18-49 rating on NFL Network. That 4.0 combined rating was up 18% vs. the 3.4 combined rating last year. A special edition of  SportsCenter was the night's runner up with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

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 your show it wasn't in that top 100 list.

The list below is long but you can use your browsers "find on page" feature (usually CTRL+F or CMD+F) to search - that's probably the easiest way to find last night's episode of Kathy

Thursday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NFL DRAFT               L ESPN 8:00 PM 6.661 3.3
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL   L ESPN 7:30 PM 2.820 1.5
Swamp People HIST 9:00 PM 4.012 1.4
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.656 1.3
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 2.591 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.708 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.452 1.1
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2.563 1.1
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.296 1.0
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:13 PM 1.779 1.0
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.275 0.8
NFL DRAFT NFLN 8:00 PM 1.437 0.7
DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING BRVO 9:30 PM 1.670 0.7
PUNKD SSN 9 MTV 10:00 PM 1.490 0.7
PAULY D PROJECT SSN 1 MTV 10:30 PM 1.242 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.828 0.7
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1.456 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1.358 0.6
AFTER The First 48 AEN 10:00 PM 1.473 0.6
Ax Men HIST 10:00 PM 1.459 0.6
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1.134 0.6
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL   L ESPN 5:00 PM 1.044 0.6
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.515 0.6
EAGLEHEART ADSM 12:00 AM 1.441 0.6
The First 48 AEN 9:00 PM 1.392 0.6
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 1.086 0.6
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 1.121 0.6
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.576 0.5
DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING BRVO 9:00 PM 1.399 0.5
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2.250 0.5
The First 48 AEN 12:01 AM 1.335 0.5
IMPACT WRESTLING SPIKE 8:59 PM 1.453 0.5
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.145 0.5
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.113 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:00 AM 0.956 0.5
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1.118 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 1.272 0.5
Family Guy TBSC 8:00 PM 1.049 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.528 0.5
The First 48 AEN 1:01 AM 1.184 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:01 AM 1.118 0.5
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:30 PM 0.965 0.5
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.768 0.5
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 1.032 0.5
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 1.091 0.5
SWEET GENIUS FOOD 10:00 PM 1.116 0.5
TOSH.O CMDY 12:01 AM 0.685 0.5
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 0.995 0.5
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1.007 0.5
TOSH.O CMDY 12:30 AM 0.693 0.5
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1.215 0.5
Meet the Browns TBSC 10:30 AM 0.783 0.5
Swamp People HIST 8:00 PM 1.543 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 8:30 PM 1.144 0.4
Chopped FOOD 7:00 PM 1.018 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.055 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 11:01 PM 1.111 0.4
BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK BET 7:30 PM 0.962 0.4
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 1.121 0.4
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1.750 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:00 PM 0.855 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.118 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.386 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.336 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 8:00 AM 1.611 0.4
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN 11:06 PM 0.680 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 0.978 0.4
IN PLAIN SIGHT USA 11:00 PM 1.513 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 8:30 AM 1.473 0.4
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 8:00 PM 0.982 0.4
Burn Notice USA 2:00 PM 0.851 0.4
FAMILY MATTERS NAN 6:30 AM 0.941 0.4
Swamp People HIST 1:01 AM 0.893 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 8:00 PM 0.946 0.4
KATHY BRVO 10:00 PM 0.726 0.4
NBA Basketball TNT 8:15 PM 0.961 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 7:30 AM 1.383 0.4
Burn Notice USA 3:00 PM 0.894 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 1.797 0.3
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TBSC 3:30 PM 0.834 0.3
NBA Basketball TNT 10:44 PM 0.869 0.3
CSI USA 1:00 AM 1.112 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 11:00 PM 1.018 0.3
STRANGE SEX:THE YEARS BES TLC 10:00 PM 0.758 0.3
COLD BLOOD ID 12:00 AM 0.787 0.3
BONES TNT 6:00 PM 1.098 0.3
Swamp People HIST 12:01 AM 0.878 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 5:00 PM 1.136 0.3
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1.326 0.3
CSI USA 12:00 AM 1.245 0.3
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 0.879 0.3
SINS & SECRETS ID 1:00 AM 0.788 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 4:00 PM 1.169 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 0.878 0.3
Hannity FOXNC 12:00 AM 0.995 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 11:00 PM 1.364 0.3
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 1.920 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2.648 0.2
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 2.065 0.2
Hannity FOXNC 9:00 PM 2.031 0.2

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 

 
  • Dillan

    Ouch for Pauly D. He could be heading for under a million viewers soon. I really can’t see MTV renewing his show.

    Glad Punk’d stayed steady. I’ve actually really liked it this season.

  • Lane

    .7 for a 1.2 million? PaulyD demo is good for the total viewers! Good for Punkd though I hope it’s renewed while Pauly is cancelled

  • eridapo

    So with ESPN and the NFL Network combined, the Draft had a 4.0 demo and 8M viewers.

  • creature 1555

    Andrew Luck & RG3 = RATINGS!

    TNA was up with the Open Fight Night against stiff sports competition.

  • creature 1555

    @ eridapo

    The NFL is so powerful that people will sit through 3 hours of young men being selected for their football teams.

    The ratings for the NFL are going to GIGANTIC this season with all of the off-season changes.

  • ih8tofly

    Huge NFL ratings… for the draft.

    Any idea how many TV execs are re-thinking Thursday night schedules considering the NFL is moving to a full season of Thursday Night Football in the fall?

  • Bb

    It looks like Tardy for the Wedding is going to pull some pretty good numbers for Bravo, it’s very entertaining and I really like it. Kim one of my favorite Housewives. 1.4 mil for the 1st episode and nearly 1.7 mil for the 2nd episode, good numbers. Go Kim and Bravo.
    On the other hand Kathy isnt doing to well, it lost almost a million of Kim’s viewers.

  • Luke

    Kathy Griffin has the same jokes that she keeps rehashing over and over again. I used to be obsessed with her but now she’s just so predictable. A lot of people, including myself, probably tuned in to her premiere hoping for something different but when she gave them the same things over and over, they probably left.

  • Katie101

    I don’t get it WWE’s RAW and SD rank in the top 10 every Mon and Friday night.

    And TNA ranks below (even though it has some WWE Superstars)

  • r0ckmypants

    I think Bravo should be happy with the numbers for Kathy. It’s a talk show, so it doesn’t cost them much to produce, plus it’s doing better than the last season of My Life on the D-List. And Kathy doesn’t have celebrity guests, so there isn’t that factor to draw in viewers. It’s also doing about the same numbers as her stand-up specials, and I don’t think Bravo would have expected anything else.

  • SteveA

    Tardy for the wedding is a flop. Compared to the RH franchise, those numbers are way low and this is the debut.

  • JR

    @SteveA

    I don’t think Bravo was expecting Real Housewives-level ratings. It did better than Bethenny Ever After, which gets just over a million viewers a week if that, as well as most of the network’s other non-Housewives shows. I’m actually surprised it did as well as it did and that it rose for the second episode since Kim isn’t exactly one of the most popular housewives.

  • lisa g.

    I think Tardy for the Wedding performed decently, not great not bad. I don’t think it was expected to pull the same numbers as RHOA. I bet Bravo is fine with it.

  • AppleStinx

    FOXNC totally dominated the bottom 6 positions. :lol: Two entries for ‘Hannity’. This must be the first appearance ever of the 12am ‘Hannity’ on TVbtN.

  • Kim

    I sure wish the ratings on the Mentalist would go up on TNT.

  • Sandi

    MTV keeps going down. I Just Want My Pants Back at 11 was getting better ratings than Punk’d/Pauly in their tenspot. (And was entertaining, Pauly D actually HURTS the JS brand it is so dull.) The Movie Awards can’t get here soon enough, usually supplies some life/platform to launch their summer wares.

  • Kevin

    The Pauly D show needs to be taken off MTV imo. That show is beyond boring and like the commenter above me, I think it more than likely could hurt the JS brand.

    Kathy has potential just needs some fixing. It’s not very cohesive and it’s kind of all over the place. I think it should be moved to 11 and air for 30 minutes becuase another issue is it’s too long and they’re during certain segments it feels like they’re only doing it to fill in time or at least that’s how it felt for me.

  • TV Talks Numbers

    Can someone tell me Mary Mary ratings on We Tv?

  • JRG

    So the to 3 shows last night were: Big Bang Theory, American Idol and the NFL Draft. TV Execs have to be shaking their heads, wondering what they can do.

  • SteveA

    They may not have been expecting it, but this is a far drop from the reunion. Yea it may get lower ratings than BEA, but it’s currently in its third season. This was the debut.

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