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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.

 
  • cimmer

    Or was it the midnight Avengers movie crowd watching ID at 3 am? lol

  • poweranimals

    Wow.. Those Disney numbers are disappointing. Disney needs a new strategy.

  • Epicfail037

    @cimmer and @poweranimals: Yep. I knew The Avengers was going to be huge, figured that would take away some of the audience. Won’t surprise me if Victorious and Good Luck Charlie both flop it up.

  • Leroy

    The UFC didn’t have a choice. They had to move from Spike to FOX. If I ran the UFC, I would’ve made the same decision to try to get MMA as mainstream as humanly possible. That being said, as bad as the ratings have been for TUF, the UFC shouldn’t be worried at all. First off, Friday nights is a terrible time slot for their demo (18-34 males). Second, they’re not even half way through the first year of their 7 year deal. They have plenty of time to adjust so their needs and Fox’s needs are met.

  • melvin

    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

  • the hound

    where is game of thrones rating? i bet it will be on the top

  • Nick

    Fashion Police (E!)
    -10 PM: 0.732 million viewers, 0.28 A18-49

    True Justice (Reelz)
    -9 PM: 0.201 million viewers, 0.04 A18-49
    -10 PM: 0.145 million viewers, 0.03 A18-49

    Magic City (Starz)
    -10:02 PM: 0.503 million viewers, 0.17 A18-49
    -11:01 PM: 0.307 million viewers, 0.12 A18-49

    Degrassi: TNG (TeenNick)
    -9 PM: 0.454 million viewers, 0.08 A18-49

    Ricky Gervais Show (HBO)
    -9 PM: 0.105 million viewers, 0.07 A18-49
    -12 AM: 0.303 million viewers, 0.09 A18-49

  • Rod

    Magic City keeps getting better in viewers. :)
    Thanks Nick.

  • Jenna

    So this season of Fairly Legal has been great and now I’m becoming a big fan! Robert, how do you think it’s chances of renewal look with these ratings?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Jenna, no easy way for us to systematically predict w/cable. except in very obvious cases (which Fairly Legal isn’t) it can go either way.

  • Jenna

    Thanks Robert! You’re my go to guy on these matters! ;) xx

  • mArS

    Was wondering about the Goldfathers premiere.. Or is NatGeo that low rated ?

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