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Tuesday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Win Night, 'Deadliest Catch', 'Real Housewives', 'Let's Stay Together', 'The Game', 'Chopped' & More

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May 2nd, 2012

 


The NBA Playoffs were Tuesday's highest rated cable program, with the Lakers versus the Nuggets at 10:44PM  earning a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. Deadliest Catch was the highest rated cable original, earning a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 1.5.

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 was not 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 Tuesday night's episode of Chopped.

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

Show Net Time Viewers (Live+SD)

(000)

Adult 18-49 Rating (Live +SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 10:44 PM 3931 1.9
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 3540 1.6
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 3316 1.5
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 8:11 PM 3108 1.3
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 9:00 PM 2608 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2715 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2878 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2619 1.1
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2587 1.1
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:30 PM 2485 1.1
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2591 1.1
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 9:00 PM 2043 1.0
GAME, THE S5 BET 10:00 PM 2024 1.0
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:00 PM 2089 0.9
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1825 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2097 0.8
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 2285 0.8
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1972 0.8
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1896 0.8
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 1:18 AM 1499 0.8
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:30 PM 1869 0.8
LETS STAY TOGETHER S2 BET 10:30 PM 1592 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1553 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2035 0.7
Top Shot HIST 10:00 PM 1583 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1862 0.7
Chopped FOOD 10:00 PM 1552 0.7
TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 1134 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 11:31 PM 1454 0.6
Chopped FOOD 11:00 PM 1364 0.6
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBCSN 7:30 PM 1287 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1568 0.6
TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 1054 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1418 0.6
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 1104 0.6
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1338 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 1665 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 3:00 PM 1379 0.6
16 and Pregnant SSN 4 MTV 10:00 PM 1067 0.6
GAME, THE S5 BET 11:00 PM 1170 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:00 PM 1577 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 1632 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1458 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 2:00 PM 1298 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1224 0.5
SECRETS BIN LADENS LAIR DISC 10:03 PM 1339 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:30 PM 1476 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 1:00 PM 1325 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 956 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 10:30 PM 1304 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1474 0.5
FX MOVIE LATE FX 11:30 PM 978 0.5
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 770 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:01 AM 1111 0.5
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:00 PM 966 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2189 0.4
GAME, THE S5 BET 9:30 PM 1060 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 10:00 PM 1344 0.4
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 8:00 PM 1210 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 1192 0.4
OFFICE, THE TBSC 12:00 AM 752 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 9:30 PM 1226 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 10:01 PM 937 0.4
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:00 PM 1133 0.4
24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO TNT 2:17 AM 810 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1078 0.4
LETS STAY TOGETHER S2 BET 11:30 PM 796 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 11:00 AM 893 0.4
BONES TNT 7:00 PM 1234 0.4
Swamp People HIST 9:00 PM 1319 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 1523 0.4
Time Machine HIST 6:00 PM 1053 0.4
CSI USA 11:00 PM 1352 0.4
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 836 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 892 0.4
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 11:03 PM 839 0.4
CSI USA 12:00 AM 1336 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 851 0.4
Chopped FOOD 12:00 AM 918 0.4
NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR ID 12:00 AM 834 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:30 PM 1185 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 861 0.4
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 8:00 PM 810 0.3
Fact or Faked: PRML FILES SYFY 9:00 PM 915 0.3
CSI USA 1:00 AM 1186 0.3
Pawn Stars HIST 8:00 PM 1192 0.3
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:30 PM 914 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1144 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 754 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:30 PM 1217 0.3
Pawn Stars HIST 12:31 AM 952 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1135 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 AM 811 0.3
NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR ID 1:00 AM 708 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 AM 887 0.3
MILLION DOLLAR ROOMS 30 HGTV 8:30 PM 1022 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:00 PM 1223 0.3
Pawn Stars HIST 12:01 AM 909 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 AM 950 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2472 0.2

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

 
  • DW

    people seem to like TNT coverage of the playoffs more than ESPN’s

  • Horrible

    @ DW

    Yes they do TNT’s coverage is way better and always has been as its the closest thing we’ve had to the great coverages of the NBA on NBC and NBA on CBS.

    ESPN and ABC just plain suck although they’ve gotten a little bit better in past years.

  • msupdate

    K. 16 & Preg 0.6 and 1.07 million? MTV is in a tight position with seemingly all its shows except Punk’d which seems to be their only show not falling out of the sky.

  • Ram510

    The Game just can’t stop falling. If they can get back to quality level that they had on The CW, I would think people would star tuning back in

  • RJ

    Any word on how Dance Moms: Miami is doing?

  • peter

    Real Housewives of OC is doing great this season. The New Jersey wives did also great last Sunday.

    Top Shot is very stable. I think it will be enough to get a 5th season.

    There is really some place here for a good drama on cable. I don’t understand how Tuesdays were so crowded a few weeks ago (Southland, Justified, White Collar) and now there is nothing.

  • chris

    @peter so glad to see OC doing so well this season, 2.98million total viewers between 9-11pm is awesome for them!

    I’m sure someone will come on and say it’s no NJ or Atlanta numbers blah blah blah but a show with a million viewers is generally considered a hit, let alone one like OC that has previously garnered 2.87million in it’s first airing, 3.5million combined on the first night (it’s highest rated episode – last season’s season finale.)

  • chris

    Sorry I meant to say a show with a million viewers on Bravo is generally considered a hit.

  • DW

    @ peter. because fx ,tnt, and usa put their tuesday night shows earlier in the season espically tnt , due to playoff basketball and it was a good idea since a lot of shows are not doing well.

  • Torrid

    What have we here? DW the self-declared hockey racist pulling in his horns (‘fraid a getting smacked :) ) with an innocuous comment about BBall coverage.

    C’mon guys don’t go quiet on me now – tell me how hockey is just gobbling up the attention of sports fans everywhere, you know like a quadrillion percent improvement over last year and … NBA better watch out since hockey is now about to eclipse it in America (queue know that ole’ 1994 SI headline lol!),

    NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 10:44 PM 3.931 1.9
    NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 08:11 PM 3.108 1.3
    INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 01:18 AM 1.499 0.8
    NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 08:00 PM 1.210 0.4
    —————————————————————–
    NHL SEMI FINALS L NBCSN 07:30 PM 1.287 0.6

    Oh Joy!!! – The NHL Semis beats the NBA PRE-GAME, now things are looking up guys – eh Matt – this is a harbinger of stupendous things to come right?
    EXCEPT
    That blasted “INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS” program AT ***1:18 AM IN THE MORNING*** !!!! beats the NHL semi-final game for viewer audience. How can a mid-night chat-show beat a playoff semi-final game in Prime-Time? (only if that game is hockey in the USA lol!) – quick Matt change the topic :)

  • David

    I wish the NHL and NBA fans would stop this nonsense because it is annoying when all of you do it. Both sports will continue for many decades. In a few decades NBA, MLS, and NFL will be the top three because the baby boomers will be dead and hispanics will push soccer up.

  • jordan

    @David

    I actually agree with you that in 20 years the NBA may take over as the second biggest sport, ahead of the MLB. It will be NFl, NBA and then MLB. But you’re definitely wrong about MLS. There are already many Hispanics here and soccer get’s no ratings even compared to the NHL. Not happening. Biggest sport in the world but nothing in this country.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @RJ: Dance Moms Miami at 10p = 0.4 A18-49 and 868,000 viewers.

  • Mr Mikey

    @Jordan
    Nba is already more popular than mlb. To be honest I think college football is 2nd behind the nfl.

  • DW

    basketball has and will beat hockey. i am old enough to remember tape delayed CBS nba basketball on friday nights @ 11:30 so i ve been around basketball on television. and i have to agree that TNT is great compared to the dump that is ESPN.

  • Matt

    Mr Mikey, the NBA is not more popular than the MLB. Worldwide yes, but in the US it’s not.

    And Torrid still loves to conveniently ignore that NBCSN is available to 80% of American households.

  • Chmarin

    Is The O’Reilly Factor the oldest skewing show EVER? O_o

    2.5 million viewers and ONLY A 0.2 18-49 rating? Wow. That means, with 20 million viewers it would only get a 2.0. That’s half of what NCIS gets and we all know who loves watching NCIS…

  • Kevin

    Matt, I’m not an NBA fan, but it is WAY ahead of MLB at this point. I’m 19, and I only know a couple of people my age that watch MLB. And those are just the spanish kids that were on the baseball team in my high school. That’s about it. And a couple of the geeky kids that love the statistics. Every single middle-aged man I know (Family and their friends) love the sport, but not many people my age. The sport is fading out. I don’t live in one of these bum cities, I live in NYC. It’s not a great sample size just using my friends but neither is the one they use to determine TV ratings so I would say it speaks for people my age. Although, most of my friends are football and hockey fans considering I’ve played both sports my whole life.

  • RJ

    @Robert,

    Thanks! Those ratings are not too good, based off of how the original series is doing.

  • Ralph

    Who wants watch a bunch of monkey’s with tattoo’s dribbling a basketball for three hours?

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