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Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Win Night, 'WWE Smackdown', 'Common Law', 'Storage Wars', 'Dream Machines' & More

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May 14th, 2012

The NBA Playoff game (Clippers versus Grizzlies) was Friday's highest rated cable program with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. WWE Friday Night Smackdown was the night's highest rated cable original, with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, matching last week's performance.

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 House of Payne.

Friday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live +SD) Adults 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD     L ESPN 9:04 PM 3831 1.8
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2413 1.0
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:55 PM 1964 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2347 0.9
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2528 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1856 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 6:30 PM 1755 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1599 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1837 0.7
COMMON LAW USA 10:00 PM 2479 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1587 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 3:00 AM 1508 0.7
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1413 0.7
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:30 AM 1477 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 8:00 PM 1322 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1601 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:00 AM 1077 0.6
Robot Chicken ADSM 3:30 AM 1314 0.6
Robot Chicken ADSM 3:45 AM 1296 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 11:31 PM 1333 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 1375 0.6
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1304 0.6
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:30 PM 1343 0.6
DREAM MACHINES SYFY 10:00 PM 1489 0.6
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L ESPN 2:00 AM 988 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1306 0.5
ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE FX 10:00 PM 948 0.5
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:00 PM 1357 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 5:00 AM 1046 0.5
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:45 AM 1319 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 10:30 PM 1330 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 5:30 AM 1032 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 12:01 AM 1204 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1382 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1642 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1353 0.5
American Pickers HIST 1:01 AM 1018 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 6:00 PM 2126 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:31 AM 987 0.4
American Pickers HIST 12:01 AM 1149 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:01 AM 974 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 9:30 PM 1240 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1322 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1132 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress: BRI TLC 9:30 PM 1404 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 9:00 PM 1257 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1268 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 1014 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 1013 0.4
SpongeBob TRUTH OR SQUARE NICK 7:00 PM 2482 0.4
Phineas and Ferb DSNY 8:30 PM 2778 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:30 PM 953 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 2:01 AM 907 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1104 0.4
NASCAR NATIONWIDE SRS   L ESPN2 7:30 PM 1591 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1257 0.4
Fairly Legal USA 9:00 PM 1879 0.4
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:00 PM 849 0.4
WHALE WARS: VIKING SHORES APL 9:00 PM 786 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2074 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1183 0.4
NATIONWIDE POST-RACE  L ESPN2 9:48 PM 1182 0.4
SMALL POTATOES DSNY 8:55 AM 1473 0.4
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1503 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 916 0.4
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 781 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 943 0.4
Suits USA 11:18 PM 1361 0.4
RALPHIE MAY-TOO BIG TO IG CMDY 9:59 PM 845 0.4
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P DSNY 8:30 AM 1559 0.4
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND DSNY 9:25 AM 1489 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:00 PM 789 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 1110 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 PM 1151 0.4
MICKEYS MOUSEKERCIZE SHOR DSNY 8:25 AM 1619 0.4
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 8:30 PM 952 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress: BRI TLC 9:00 PM 1214 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 812 0.4
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1369 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 4:30 PM 747 0.4
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1668 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:30 AM 1502 0.3
EDGE OF DARKNESS TNT 8:00 PM 1302 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 858 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:30 AM 770 0.3
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:55 AM 1436 0.3
Fairly Legal USA 12:18 AM 1130 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1049 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 PM 1095 0.3
Fashion Police Weekly ENT 10:00 PM 810 0.3
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 8:00 PM 787 0.3
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 11:00 PM 607 0.3
Chelsea Lately ENT 11:00 PM 570 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:00 PM 998 0.3
LEVERAGE TNT 2:00 PM 796 0.3
PRIME MOVIE W/STORY NOTES AMC 8:00 PM 817 0.3
SP YOU LIVE IN WHAT HGTV 9:00 PM 986 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 1312 0.3
Real Time with Bill Maher HBOM 10:01 PM 1169 0.3
DEAD FILES TRAV 10:00 PM 699 0.3

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Check out past daily cable ratings posts here.

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

 

 
  • Dan S

    I thoroughly enjoyed the premiere of Common Law & think it’s a keeper. I see Fairly Legal did a lot worse than CL & would be surprised if its renewed for a 3rd season.

  • SarahL

    Common Law got a lot of promotion so I thought it would do better. I am a fan of Michael Ealy, but the pilot was not very good. Hopefully, it improves.

  • RHONJd

    Via The Futon Critic:

    Jessie- 2.933 million viewers. 0.455 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating)

    Fish Hooks- 2.592 million viewers. 0.453 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating)

  • Samuel Adams

    “Go Common Law!”

    A .7 is just okay for a cable show, nothing special. Yeah, it did better than Fairly Legal but it’s not much of an achievement to do better than a show that’s tanking.

  • chrisjozo

    Common Law should not have premiered on Friday. It should have been on a different night after the network finale’s had ended. Preferably getting Suits as a lead-in or Psych.

  • DCC

    Noooooo! Fairly Legal :(

  • Leonard

    Common Law has some promise here but USA has to protect this show by giving it a decent lead-in so it can grow.

    Smackdown needs some better direction at the top as they have some boring people leading the way.

  • cimmer

    I wondered how Common Law would do, not bad if it doesn’t drop much from there. Dream Machines seem to do well on Friday too.

  • DenverDean

    DVR’d CL, got through about 15 minutes and shut it off. The first 5 minutes were interesting, but the Sargent and the rival cops were unbelievably bad cliches. Too bad.

  • Nick

    True Justice (Reelz)
    -9 PM: 0.235 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49
    -10 PM: 0.152 million viewers, 0.05 A18-49

    Magic City (Starz)
    -10:02 PM: 0.429 million viewers, 0.17 A18-49
    -11:01 PM: 0.193 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

    Degrassi: TNG (TeenNick)
    -9 PM: 0.266 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

    Ricky Gervais Show (HBO)
    -9 PM: 0.078 million viewers, 0.04 A18-49
    -12 AM: 0.215 million viewers, 0.08 A18-49

  • Rod

    Thanks Nick again for the Magic City numbers.

  • SF

    I am LOVING Common Law. Hopefully, they can sustain those numbers for awhile!! Go Micheal Ealy!!

  • Charles Roland Stevens III

    @Leanord i agree

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