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Wednesday Cable Ratings: NBA Basketball, NHL, + 'Duck Dynasty', 'South Beach Tow', 'The Daily Show', & More

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May 3rd, 2012

 

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.

NBA Basketball dominated cable TV last night, topping the night with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. A new Duck Dynasty came in second place among original cable shows with a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

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 South Beach Tow.

Wednesday cable ratings highlights:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 9:44 PM 3.137 1.5
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.486 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.209 1.1
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:00 PM 2.152 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.383 1.0
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 1.991 1.0
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBCSN 7:30 PM 1.853 0.9
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 12:33 AM 1.663 0.9
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1.797 0.8
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:30 PM 1.717 0.8
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 7:09 PM 1.811 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.730 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2.039 0.8
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 3.205 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1.806 0.7
Family Guy TBSC 9:30 PM 1.394 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.484 0.7
BOONDOCKS, THE ADSM 12:30 AM 1.464 0.7
Family Guy TBSC 9:00 PM 1.322 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:01 PM 1.341 0.6
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.459 0.6
South Beach Tow TRU 9:30 PM 1.369 0.6
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 10:00 PM 1.442 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.203 0.6
FAMILY GUY TBSC 8:30 PM 1.221 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.553 0.6
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.188 0.6
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 1:00 AM 1.257 0.6
Dog the Bounty Hunter AEN 9:30 PM 1.356 0.6
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:31 PM 1.155 0.6
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1.166 0.6
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1.201 0.5
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 1:15 AM 1.160 0.5
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2.199 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.509 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 8:00 PM 1.044 0.5
TOTAL BLACKOUT SYFY 10:00 PM 1.181 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.997 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.350 0.5
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1.174 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1.796 0.5
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 1.200 0.5
Ghost Hunters SYFY 9:00 PM 1.453 0.5
24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO TNT 1:22 AM 0.914 0.5
South Beach Tow TRU 9:00 PM 0.985 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1.393 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.348 0.5
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.883 0.5
AMERICAN GUNS DISC 9:00 PM 1.120 0.5
Million Dollar Listing NY BRVO 10:00 PM 1.066 0.5
American Restoration HIST 10:00 PM 1.670 0.5
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 0.813 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 1.065 0.4
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1.519 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.112 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:00 PM 1.107 0.4
INTERIOR THERAPY BRVO 9:00 PM 0.994 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:00 PM 1.011 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 0.962 0.4
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1.480 0.4
TODDLERS & TIARAS TLC 10:00 PM 1.083 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 1.012 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 2:01 AM 0.898 0.4
Chopped ALL-STARS FOOD 11:00 PM 0.885 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1.239 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 12:31 AM 0.872 0.4
Auction Hunters SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.125 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 12:01 AM 0.898 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 12:30 AM 0.632 0.4
BAIT CAR TRU 11:30 PM 0.784 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 10:30 PM 0.842 0.4
Ghost Hunters SYFY 11:00 PM 0.693 0.4
FX MOVIE LATE FX 11:30 PM 0.770 0.4
NCIS USA 12:02 AM 1.435 0.4
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:01 PM 0.810 0.4
SOUTH BEACH TOW TRU 10:00 PM 0.894 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 11:00 PM 1.145 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:01 AM 0.864 0.3
JESSIE DSNY 9:00 PM 2.213 0.3
American Pickers HIST 12:01 AM 1.101 0.3
BAIT CAR TRU 11:00 PM 0.740 0.3
Fairly Legal USA 11:00 PM 1.398 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:00 PM 1.075 0.3
American Restoration HIST 10:30 PM 1.267 0.3
American Pickers HIST 11:31 PM 1.098 0.3
American Pickers HIST 8:00 PM 1.172 0.3
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 9:00 PM 0.919 0.3
Chelsea Lately ENT 11:00 PM 0.678 0.3
NCIS USA 1:02 AM 1.284 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2.922 0.3
Auction Hunters SPIKE 9:30 PM 0.929 0.3
SOLD! HIST 11:01 PM 1.132 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 12:00 AM 0.889 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 9:00 PM 0.950 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 PM 1.013 0.3
LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA 6:00 AM 0.966 0.3
Auction Kings DISC 10:30 PM 0.722 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 5:00 PM 1.056 0.3
American Pickers HIST 1:01 AM 0.724 0.3
LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA 7:00 AM 0.885 0.3

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

 
  • Max

    OH WOW. Did Hot In Cleveland NOT even make the list this week? :0

  • The End

    Good numbers for Ghost Hunters, good that this shows problems in the real world didn’t affect the cast/crew. As in that lawsuit that someone filed ages back over the name, and doesn’t seem to want to give up on, despite failing at every attempt.

  • RJ

    Total Blackout is a great show! Good to see it hold onto all of Ghost Hunters demo.

  • nick

    What did Hot in Cleveland get?????

  • Ben Thompson

    Great hockey game and glad to see that it did well last night.

  • TatiG

    WOW, the Games yesterday were crappy. I mean UTAH v. SAN ANTONIO, LA CLIPPERS v. MEMPHIS.

    Still the NBA took the night?

  • Mike

    I know that we’re talking semi-finals versus quarterfinals (and a marquee matchup of NY-DC vs ORL-IND), but still surprising to see the NHL top the NBA

  • Nadine Harris

    Surprising how little support the NBA gets, viewer-wise — it certainly gets a great deal of press.

  • xwiseguyx

    Surprised not to see Happily Divorced.

  • John

    Americas best dance crew please!!!!!!!

  • Jay

    SOLD! on History got moved to 11pm. I think American Idol was sucking in all the viewers!

  • Kaylie

    OMG!!! Where is Americas Best Dance Crew? Ever since ABDC been on Wednesdays, its been having suckish viewers. If TBBT had a syndicated low of 1.9 total viewers at 10:00, I wouldnt doubt if ABDC dropped below 1 million viewers.

  • peter

    Wow @ NHL beating NBA at 7pm. Of course, semi-finals versus quarterfinals but still.

    History and Discovery seem pretty low.

    I’m so impressed by Family Guy and The Big Bang Theory. How many times can people watch the same episodes over and over again?

  • Chris

    How did Auction Kings get a second season? The 10pm airing didn’t even show? Out of place on Discovery and is a poor man’s Pawn Stars. Bad numbers. There’s an oversaturation of those types of shows.
    I love Storage Wars, but am surprised it repeats so well over and over.

    TV Land has ordered an extension of this season of Happily Divorced. The numbers for both of their sitcoms are terrible. They certainly are gracious letting these shows continue.

  • Random Guy

    Not to continue this broken record, but America’s Best Dance Crew has been consistently fluctuating between the 5th-25th range on this list, since the premiere. How did it just drop SO dramatically to not even make the list this week?

    Is this error, or did the show just tank this week?

  • bill

    TV Land shows go up and down so much…..wonder why?

  • Matt

    Zoinks, should be interesting to see Torrid’s excuse for why the NHL beat out the NBA head-to-head, especially considering NBCSN is available to 80% of the market that TNT/ESPN are available to.

  • Peter

    10.00 Hot In Cleveland 1.116.000 , 216.000 adults 18-49
    10.30 Happily Divorced 840.000 , 217.000 adults 18-49

  • Grace

    @Chris , keep in mind that TV Land is a small cable station and reruns Hot In Cleveland and Happily Divorced several times in the week afther their premiere, so for them it’s more important how the reruns hold up and don’t make their network average crash.
    Look at last weeks numbers when at 01-02am both shows scored over 800.000 viewers for a repeat of the episodes that premiered a few hours before.
    Op top of several reruns they also add 100.000′s of time shifted viewers, so all in all for a small cable station they aint doin that badly.
    Btw Hot In Cleveland needs to continue production since it’s already sold season 1-4 in syndication to broadcast stations.

  • David

    I am surprised the NBA was even that high last night. The only team worth watching were the Spurs. Tonight the Heat and Knicks play and Mavs vs OKC, so those should rate A LOT higher.

    Good job on the NHL though and maybe NBC will do more of their games on the main network so more people can see them. I hate when games are out of reach of their fans, like NBA TV and NFL Network for good games that the fans can’t see. But, it is a business after all…

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