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Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Lead + 'WWE SmackDown', 'In Plain Sight' Finale, 'Neverland Pirates', 'Storage Wars' & More

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May 7th, 2012

 

The NBA Playoffs were the top cable performer with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 at 10:30 on ESPN and a 1.3 at 7:30.  The series finale of In Plain Sight drew a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating and 3.2 million 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 for adults 25-54.

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 Fairly Legal.

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

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD     L- ESPN 10:36 PM 3.594 1.7
NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD     L- ESPN 7:30 PM 2.883 1.3
Family Guy- ADSM 11:30 PM 2.585 1.0
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L- ESPN 1:09 AM 1.792 1.0
Family Guy- ADSM 11:00 PM 2.399 1.0
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown- SYFY 8:00 PM 2.709 0.8
Robot Chicken- ADSM 12:00 AM 2.015 0.8
Family Guy- ADSM 2:30 AM 1.613 0.7
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L- ESPN 2:15 AM 1.272 0.7
American Dad- ADSM 10:30 PM 1.798 0.7
Family Guy- ADSM 3:00 AM 1.523 0.7
American Dad- ADSM 2:00 AM 1.516 0.7
IN PLAIN SIGHT- USA 10:00 PM 3.200 0.7
Robot Chicken- ADSM 12:15 AM 1.704 0.7
BOONDOCKS, THE- ADSM 12:30 AM 1.584 0.6
American Dad- ADSM 10:00 PM 1.609 0.6
Robot Chicken- ADSM 3:30 AM 1.362 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME- FX 7:00 PM 1.434 0.6
American Dad- ADSM 1:30 AM 1.417 0.6
Fairly Legal- USA 9:00 PM 2.672 0.6
Robot Chicken- ADSM 3:45 AM 1.308 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME    L- ESPN 7:00 PM 1.070 0.6
FX MOVIE LATE- FX 11:04 PM 1.130 0.5
ASSY MCGEE- ADSM 4:00 AM 1.201 0.5
SQUIDBILLIES- ADSM 1:15 AM 1.257 0.5
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE- ADSM 1:00 AM 1.292 0.5
Storage Wars TEXAS- AEN 11:01 PM 1.476 0.5
NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD     L- ESPN2 7:58 PM 1.069 0.5
KING OF THE HILL- ADSM 9:30 PM 1.397 0.5
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND- DSNY 9:25 AM 1.746 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 5:00 PM 1.354 0.5
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE- DSNY 9:00 AM 1.681 0.5
Storage Wars TEXAS- AEN 10:00 PM 1.592 0.5
ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE- FX 10:00 PM 0.954 0.5
POEM IS...,A- DSNY 8:55 AM 1.676 0.5
PERFECT HAIR FOREVER- ADSM 4:15 AM 1.100 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 7:00 PM 1.527 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 8:00 PM 1.984 0.4
Storage Wars TEXAS- AEN 9:30 PM 1.559 0.4
Storage Wars TEXAS- AEN 10:30 PM 1.395 0.4
Storage Wars TEXAS- AEN 11:31 PM 1.299 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN- FX 6:30 PM 1.092 0.4
MICKEYS ADV IN WONDERLAND- DSNY 8:00 AM 1.606 0.4
FRIENDS- NAN 12:33 AM 1.030 0.4
SpongeBob- NICK 3:00 PM 1.952 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 4:00 PM 1.185 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL- HGTV 10:30 PM 1.235 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS- HGTV 10:00 PM 1.217 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 6:00 PM 1.265 0.4
MINNIES BOW-TOONS- DSNY 9:55 AM 1.515 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE- DSNY 9:30 AM 1.522 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 9:00 PM 1.326 0.4
SpongeBob- NICK 2:30 PM 1.890 0.4
SpongeBob- NICK 8:00 PM 1.965 0.4
BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK- BET 10:00 PM 1.001 0.4
KING OF THE HILL- ADSM 9:00 PM 1.199 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL- HGTV 11:00 PM 1.159 0.4
WHALE WARS: VIKING SHORES- APL 9:00 PM 0.888 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 12:00 AM 1.059 0.4
FRIENDS- NAN 10:30 PM 0.975 0.4
OCEANS THIRTEEN- TBSC 10:00 PM 0.771 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 9:30 PM 1.370 0.4
STORAGE WARS TEXAS- AEN 1:01 AM 0.938 0.4
STORAGE WARS TEXAS- AEN 9:00 PM 1.273 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 3:00 PM 0.982 0.4
NBA PLAYOFFS REPEAT- ESPN 3:15 AM 0.708 0.4
STORAGE WARS TEXAS- AEN 12:01 AM 1.086 0.4
Pardon The Interruption- ESPN 5:30 PM 0.718 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 10:30 PM 1.117 0.4
STORAGE WARS TEXAS- AEN 1:31 AM 0.892 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 12:30 AM 0.977 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 10:00 PM 1.179 0.4
SpongeBob- NICK 7:30 PM 2.031 0.4
SEINFELD- TBSC 7:30 PM 0.879 0.4
IN PLAIN SIGHT- USA 1:00 AM 1.046 0.4
STORAGE WARS TEXAS- AEN 12:31 AM 0.915 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 11:30 PM 1.091 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES- FOOD 11:00 PM 1.101 0.3
SPONGEBOB- NICK 5:30 PM 1.943 0.3
Fairly Legal- USA 12:00 AM 1.178 0.3
Real Time with Bill Maher- HBOM 10:02 PM 1.142 0.3
STORAGE WARS TEXAS- AEN 2:01 AM 0.852 0.3
SPONGEBOB- NICK 5:00 PM 1.733 0.3
Say Yes to the Dress: BRI- TLC 9:00 PM 1.236 0.3
HOUSE OF PAYNE- TBSC 9:30 PM 0.790 0.3
SEINFELD- TBSC 7:00 PM 0.850 0.3
LAW & ORDER- TNT 5:00 AM 0.906 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL- HGTV 11:30 PM 1.037 0.3
Time Machine- HIST 9:00 PM 1.158 0.3
FRIENDS- TBSC 5:30 PM 0.737 0.3
Say Yes to the Dress: BRI- TLC 9:30 PM 1.251 0.3
SP CURB APPEAL GIVEAWAY- HGTV 9:00 PM 1.076 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR- FOXNC 8:00 PM 2.349 0.3
AMERICAS Most Wanted- LIF 9:00 PM 0.898 0.3
KING OF QUEENS- TBSC 6:30 PM 0.767 0.3
KING OF QUEENS- TBSC 6:00 PM 0.725 0.3
NEW DETECTIVES- ID 3:00 AM 0.797 0.3
Suits- USA 11:00 PM 1.171 0.3
ON THE CASE WITH PZ- ID 5:00 AM 0.773 0.3
Hannity- FOXNC 9:00 PM 1.754 0.3

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

 
  • Chris L

    A 0.7 for the 2:15 AM SportsCenter is, in a word, insane.

  • Ryan Stoppable

    The amount of insomnia on this list is STAGGERING. (By my count, 14 out the first 26 on this list are midnight Eastern or later.)

  • RHONJd

    Do you have numbers for Jessie? It aired on Disney Channel at 8pm. Thank you :)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    No numbers for Jessie yet.

  • juan

    Damn it, I wanted In Plain Sight to go out higher, I will miss the show and hopefully Mary McCormaks new show gets picked up cause I love her. At least it had a good run

  • Dennis

    @ Amanda & Robert,

    What are the odds for Fairly Legal returning with those ratings??

  • greenf

    The Ultimate Fighter seems really low. What happened? Why is it on Fridays? Their main demographic (young men) is most likely not home on a Friday night 10pm.

    I guess Magic City is doing just as bad as Boss.

    Spartacus and, to a certain extent, Camelot & Torchwood, are the only Starz shows that made it to the cable ratings list on a regular basis. They all have in common to belong to the fantasy/sci fi/horror genre. Starz should stop wasting their money on cheap Mad Men/The West Wing rip offs and start producing more genre shows.

  • MTB

    Fairly Legal…ugh! The show averaged about 0.92 A18-49 (3.86 million) last season and was a toss-up for renewal. Don’t look to good :(

  • MTB

    ^ sorry numbers were 3.5 million viewers

  • Petar

    Where is Game of thrones?

  • Petar

    oooops my bad! I was thinking that is sunday cable ratings. sorry.

  • KJ Styles

    @GreenF- UFC’s deal with Spike fell through and they went their separate ways. Ever since then, The Ultimate Fighter has been airing on FX and they’ve been dropping the ball with it. You’re right that it shouldn’t be airing on Fridays, but I have enjoyed this season and have been DVR’ing it whenever I’ve gone out on Fridays.

  • Captain Morgan

    It’s just so sad to see what happened to the Chicago Bulls as the Sixers are getting a cheap series win off of Derrick Rose’s injury.

    Sheamus should not be holding the title as Smackdown hasn’t been over 3 million viewers since he’s had the title.

  • Captain Morgan

    @ KJ Styles, GreenF
    The UFC’s deal with FOX is a bad one and it has flopped for them overall. I always knew that SPIKE was their best possible television home b/c SPIKE was always going to dedicate their schedule to the sport. Now the UFC is stuck with FOX for a number of years. It looks like Bellator can captialize with their deal with SPIKE next year.

  • TatiG

    Trying to find the NHL on this list. Somebody help me pls.

  • DCC

    I couldn’t say that I’m happy with the ratings of Fairly Legal, but, what else could USA (and we) expect after they decided to air it in the worst timeslot ever? I hope they are OK with these numbers considering that.

  • poweranimals

    No one has the numbers for Jessie and Phineas and Ferb?

  • John

    Can anyone give me some degrassi numbers?

    may 4th: should be coming..?

    april 27th: – 384,000 / 0.12 A18-49

    april 20th: ???

    april 13th: 336,000 / 0.10 A18-49

    april 6th: ???

    march 30th: ???

    thanks!

  • Epicfail037

    From The Futon Critic:

    Jessie (8:00) – Disney
    2.620 million viewers, #6; 0.438 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #9

    Phineas & Ferb (8:30, 30 Minutes) – Disney
    2.244 million viewers, #7; 0.354 million adults 18-49 (0.3 rating), #16

    Yow.

  • cimmer

    I’m probably wrong but isn’t this the first time ID has shown up on Friday and at 3 and 5 am? Wow. Lot’s of folk coming home from the bars and going for the True Crime? lol

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