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Thursday Cable Ratings:NBA Playoffs Win Night, 'Swamp People', 'Impractical Jokers', 'Pauly D Project', 'Eagleheart', 'Don't Be Tardy For The Wedding' & More

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May 4th, 2012

 

The NBA Playoffs: Dallas versus Oklahoma City was Thursday's top cable program, earning a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49.  Another playoff game, New York versus Miami came in second place with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Swamp People was the night's top cable original, with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 1.4.

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 Ax Men

Thursday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewers (ive+SD (000) Adults 18-49 Rating (Live +SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 9:50 PM 4622 2.2
NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 7:09 PM 4132 1.9
Swamp People HIST 9:00 PM 4223 1.5
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2540 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 2599 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2609 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2671 1.1
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2333 1.0
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 12:24 AM 1876 0.9
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2204 0.8
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBCSN 7:30 PM 1659 0.8
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 1891 0.7
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 1507 0.7
PAULY D PROJECT SSN 1 MTV 10:30 PM 1305 0.7
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 3152 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1862 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1701 0.6
EAGLEHEART ADSM 12:00 AM 1436 0.6
DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING BRVO 9:30 PM 1453 0.6
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2679 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1240 0.6
24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO TNT 1:23 AM 1149 0.6
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1254 0.6
The First 48 AEN 9:00 PM 1404 0.6
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 7:00 PM 1473 0.6
Ax Men HIST 10:00 PM 1585 0.6
AFTER The First 48 AEN 10:00 PM 1295 0.6
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1391 0.6
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1179 0.6
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:30 PM 1183 0.6
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2251 0.6
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1949 0.5
WALL-E DSNY 8:30 PM 2363 0.5
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 1:15 AM 1067 0.5
PUNKD SSN 9 MTV 10:00 PM 1262 0.5
Swamp People HIST 8:00 PM 1587 0.5
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ADSM 12:15 AM 1150 0.5
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 1:00 AM 1041 0.5
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 1056 0.5
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1154 0.5
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 986 0.5
IMPACT WRESTLING SPIKE 8:59 PM 1399 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2412 0.5
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 1111 0.5
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1035 0.5
The First 48 AEN 1:01 AM 920 0.5
Swamp People HIST 12:01 AM 984 0.5
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1102 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 992 0.4
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 787 0.4
CSI USA 12:00 AM 1462 0.4
Swamp People HIST 1:01 AM 937 0.4
The First 48 AEN 11:01 PM 1052 0.4
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 996 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 1073 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 967 0.4
The First 48 AEN 12:01 AM 911 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1335 0.4
IN PLAIN SIGHT USA 11:00 PM 1477 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1197 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2144 0.4
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1302 0.4
CSI USA 1:02 AM 1318 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 12:33 AM 923 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 12:04 AM 913 0.4
Mythbusters DISC 9:00 PM 996 0.4
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 717 0.4
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:55 AM 1330 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:00 PM 893 0.4
TOP 20 MOST SHOCKING TRU 11:00 PM 812 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 4:30 PM 824 0.4
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 10:00 AM 1420 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 8:00 PM 982 0.4
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBCSN 10:51 PM 726 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 632 0.4
LEVERAGE TNT 1:53 AM 785 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 7:19 PM 813 0.4
KATHY BRVO 10:00 PM 803 0.4
Family Guy TBSC 8:00 PM 790 0.4
DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING BRVO 11:32 PM 731 0.4
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1305 0.3
DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING BRVO 9:00 PM 760 0.3
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:00 PM 834 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 5:00 PM 1193 0.3
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 1096 0.3
BONES TNT 6:00 PM 974 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 11:00 PM 1214 0.3
SWEET GENIUS FOOD 10:00 PM 915 0.3
Chopped FOOD 12:00 AM 802 0.3
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:02 PM 691 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1238 0.3
Chopped FOOD 7:00 PM 772 0.3
THE FIRST 48 AEN 7:00 PM 797 0.3
SINS & SECRETS ID 1:00 AM 635 0.3
COLD BLOOD ID 12:00 AM 640 0.3
SELLING LA HGTV 12:00 AM 806 0.3
JAIL SPIKE 8:29 PM 741 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2829 0.2
Dateline ON ID ID 11:00 PM 696 0.2
Hannity FOXNC 9:00 PM 1815 0.2

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Check out past daily cable ratings posts here.

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

 

 
  • Dillan

    Punk’d is falling :( I don’t think it will get a season 10.

    Pauly D still steady in the demo, quite surprised tbh.

  • Dan

    Two blowout games last night and the NBA still beat out the NHL. And that one NHL game went into overtime.

  • Mark

    NHL game was on NBC Sports/Versus.

  • gapcity

    Gee, seems like MTV’s ratings are going down down down. Where did all the viewers go? Last month, trending downwards. Curious of their overall dailys. Anyone want to make Teen Wolf predictions?

  • Michael

    Kathy should be performing better!

  • TatiG

    NBA to win the night till the end of the playoffs from now and on… no surprise.

  • bb

    Don’t be tardy for the wedding held well. Really enjoying the show.

  • Melanie

    Yay for the NBA and Go Miami Heat!! :)

  • peter

    Very good for NHL and Swamp People.

    Was that a repeat for Ax Men? Because usually new episodes air on Sunday. And that number looks really low.

    Don’t Be Tardy… has a slow start. Not suprising. The Atlanta housewives have been so boring this season compared to BH/OC/NJ.

    In terms of ratings, Heat/Knicks and Thunder/Mavericks series have been the only bright spots in the NBA postseason.

  • Torrid

    Ya know I gotta do it :)

    NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 9:50 PM 4.622 2.2
    NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L TNT 7:09 PM 4.132 1.9
    INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 12:24 AM 1.876 0.9 – Midnight!!!!
    NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 7:00 PM 1.473 0.6
    ————————————————————-
    NHL SEMI FINALS L NBCSN 7:30 PM 1.659 0.8

    The NHL is a comin; the NHL is a comin’ waaaatch ouuuut NBA!!!! ;)

    Poor Matty etal – them numbers are killing you right? LOL!

  • Matt

    The fact that Torrid consistently has to bring up the NHL on a regular basis while insisting they aren’t a threat is amusing… Kinda proves that they are.

    Also convenient that he still hasn’t addressed the NHL getting better attendance and nearly equal revenue. And if you don’t know yet, money makes the world go around.

  • Gary

    What does Revenue and Attendance have to do with TV Ratings? This is a TV ratings site after all.

  • TatiG

    NBA winning 1 straight week. on TNT. who has TNT anyway?

  • TatiG

    NHL = Ron Paul

    Too much hot air but keeps losing.

  • Matt

    The point is that the NHL is in very good shape in most comparisons, and in terms of TV ratings they’re accelerating much faster than the NBA.

  • David

    They should be accelerating faster because of where they are currently. The NHL could have a 100% increase and would still be behind so it would not be hard for them to keep increasing, but everything hits its ceiling.

    If the NBA finals are Kobe vs Lebron expect record breaking ratings. If it is Durant vs Lebron expect record breaking ratings. I personally think it will be the Spurs and the Heat, but I even expect that to top last years ratings. The percentage increase for hockey finals (which will happen) could be higher and still gain less viewers.

  • Matt

    Doubt they get up to the MJ ratings, sorry.

  • Torrid

    Ah poor Matty *sigh*

    The message of these numbers is not lost on you I know – hockey is far less popular than Basketball in the USA despite the many decades of trying to lure americans into watching it.

    *****WE AMERICANS DON’T LIKE HOCKEY WE PREFER BASKETBALL MUCH MORE*****

    Every year NHL fanbois fan out over the net trying to get people to respond to their subliminal messages

    “watch white guys play hockey, don’t watch blacks guys play Basketball”

    That is their message and they’ve been slinging it to America for decades – but nobody’s really buying it. The more they realize that the more shrill and desperate the message becomes. Its pathetic really but for the most part Hockey is not really an american sport (though it is so in Canada) – its inextricably identified with a fast fading bigoted culture that’s on its last legs in these good old United States. Thank heavens!!!. The powers that be in the hockey world know that and growing hockey beyond that niche has become their death struggle; they just cannot find a way to make it palatable to most americans and they and their fanbase are desperate.

    <<>>

    These playoff numbers are not your friend Matty – so far there’s hardly any significant numerical improvement (not percentage u can lie so easily with that as I demonstrated in earlier postings) over last year’s ratings; that fact is making commish Bettman and many fanbois &hit their pants in frustration.

    You need to change too Matt? :)

  • greenf

    The NBA and NHL fight is pointless. By 2050, Soccer will beat them all. If only because half of the country would be of latino origin.

  • Matt

    LOL, the NHL tries to make it racial? Give me a break.

    The fact that you think bigotry is “on it’s last legs” in the United States is amusing (Sidenote, it’s even more amusing that you like to accuse the NHL of bigotry but never seem to want to talk about Kobe’s homosexual slurs caught on camera) considering the most talked about story in 2012 is three words:

    “Martin versus Zimmerman.”

    Yeah, bigotry is really on it’s last legs, just ask all the media outlets that made bukoo bucks off putting a racial spin on that story.

    You have the intelligence of a five year old.

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