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Wednesday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Win Night, 'Duck Dynasty', 'Ghost Hunters', 'American Restoration', 'South Beach Tow', 'Total Blackout' & More

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May 17th, 2012

The NBA Playoffs again topped the cable ratings, with the Lakers versus Thunder game earning a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49. Another playoff game, the Celtics/76ers, came in second place with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Duck Dynasty was the highest rated cable original, with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

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 South Beach Tow.

Wednesday cable ratings highlights:

Net Show Time Viewers (000) (Live +SD) Adults 18-49 Ratings (Live + SD)
TNT NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2 L 9:43 PM 7445 3.4
TNT NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2 L 7:00 PM 3730 1.6
TNT INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS 12:26 AM 2871 1.4
TBSC Big Bang Theory, THE 10:30 PM 2325 1.0
ADSM Family Guy 11:30 PM 2142 1.0
ADSM Family Guy 11:00 PM 2167 1.0
AEN DUCK DYNASTY 10:00 PM 2049 0.9
TBSC Big Bang Theory, THE 10:00 PM 2092 0.9
AEN DUCK DYNASTY 10:30 PM 1644 0.8
ADSM American Dad 10:30 PM 1809 0.7
SYFY Ghost Hunters 9:00 PM 1812 0.7
USA NCIS 8:00 PM 3218 0.7
ADSM Robot Chicken 12:00 AM 1501 0.7
ADSM American Dad 10:00 PM 1765 0.7
ADSM Robot Chicken 12:15 AM 1362 0.7
AEN DUCK DYNASTY 11:01 PM 1520 0.7
TBSC Family Guy 9:00 PM 1424 0.7
TBSC Family Guy 9:30 PM 1442 0.7
TBSC FAMILY GUY 8:30 PM 1235 0.6
AEN DUCK DYNASTY 11:31 PM 1403 0.6
ADSM FAMILY GUY 2:30 AM 1184 0.6
HIST American Restoration 10:00 PM 1763 0.6
TNT LEVERAGE 1:27 AM 1351 0.6
TRU South Beach Tow 9:30 PM 1350 0.6
ADSM SQUIDBILLIES 12:30 AM 1182 0.6
ADSM American Dad 2:00 AM 1140 0.6
ADSM American Dad 1:30 AM 1091 0.6
USA NCIS 7:00 PM 2266 0.6
USA NCIS 9:00 PM 2578 0.5
USA NCIS 6:00 PM 1971 0.5
SYFY TOTAL BLACKOUT 10:00 PM 1257 0.5
NBCSN NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L 8:00 PM 1342 0.5
ADSM AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE 12:45 AM 1088 0.5
ADSM AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE 1:00 AM 1005 0.5
FX FX MOVIE PRIME 8:00 PM 1121 0.5
ADSM SQUIDBILLIES 1:15 AM 972 0.5
TBSC KING OF QUEENS 6:00 PM 991 0.5
FOOD RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE 10:00 PM 1292 0.5
TBSC FAMILY GUY 8:00 PM 952 0.5
TBSC FRIENDS 5:30 PM 976 0.5
AEN Storage Wars 9:30 PM 1291 0.5
ESPN Pardon The Interruption 5:30 PM 843 0.5
USA NCIS 10:00 PM 1912 0.5
AEN Storage Wars 1:01 AM 902 0.4
USA NCIS 5:00 PM 1705 0.4
HIST Pawn Stars 9:30 PM 1691 0.4
FX TWO/HALF MEN 7:30 PM 1179 0.4
FX TWO/HALF MEN 7:00 PM 1128 0.4
FX FX MOVIE LATE 12:00 AM 782 0.4
FX FX MOVIE PRIME 10:00 PM 909 0.4
HIST American Restoration 10:30 PM 1513 0.4
TRU South Beach Tow 10:30 PM 827 0.4
TBSC Conan 11:00 PM 843 0.4
TRU South Beach Tow 10:00 PM 970 0.4
TLC TODDLERS & TIARAS 10:00 PM 979 0.4
TBSC KING OF QUEENS 6:30 PM 919 0.4
SPIKE Auction Hunters 9:00 PM 1148 0.4
BRVO INTERIOR THERAPY 9:00 PM 954 0.4
DSNY NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND 9:25 AM 1600 0.4
FX TWO/HALF MEN 6:30 PM 1136 0.4
ESPN SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L 6:00 PM 758 0.4
AEN Storage Wars 7:30 PM 1010 0.4
TBSC SEINFELD 7:30 PM 1006 0.4
USA NCIS 4:00 PM 1275 0.4
TBSC FRIENDS 5:00 PM 870 0.4
DISC AMERICAN GUNS 9:00 PM 890 0.4
DSNY MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE 9:00 AM 1553 0.4
AEN Storage Wars 1:31 AM 793 0.4
AEN STORAGE WARS 12:31 AM 833 0.4
TRU SOUTH BEACH TOW 9:00 PM 859 0.4
AEN STORAGE WARS 9:00 PM 1203 0.4
HIST American Pickers 7:00 PM 1096 0.4
SYFY TOTAL BLACKOUT 10:30 PM 899 0.4
TBSC FRIENDS 4:30 PM 808 0.4
DSNY MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE 9:30 AM 1448 0.4
HGTV HOUSE HUNTERS 10:00 PM 1252 0.4
AEN STORAGE WARS 12:01 AM 829 0.4
HGTV HOUSE HUNTERS INTL 10:30 PM 1185 0.4
HIST Pawn Stars 9:00 PM 1450 0.4
DSNY MINNIES BOW-TOONS 9:55 AM 1402 0.4
FOXNC THE OREILLY FACTOR 8:00 PM 2905 0.4
HIST Hardcore History 11:01 PM 1244 0.4
TBSC SEINFELD 7:00 PM 851 0.4
AEN STORAGE WARS 8:30 PM 1130 0.3
AEN STORAGE WARS 8:00 PM 1004 0.3
SYFY Ghost Hunters 8:00 PM 1002 0.3
AEN DUCK DYNASTY 2:01 AM 646 0.3
TNT CHARMED 9:00 AM 790 0.3
HGTV PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) 11:00 PM 907 0.3
HIST American Pickers 8:00 PM 1265 0.3
USA Fairly Legal 11:00 PM 1239 0.3
TVL Hot In Cleveland 10:00 PM 1169 0.3
BRVO AROUND WORLD IN 80 PLATES 10:00 PM 644 0.3
TVL HAPPILY DIVORCED 10:30 PM 940 0.3
HGTV KITCHEN COUSINS 8:30 PM 935 0.3
HGTV INCOME PROPERTY 8:00 PM 892 0.3
FOXNC THE OREILLY FACTOR 11:00 PM 1201 0.2
FOXNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER 6:00 PM 1732 0.2
FOXNC Hannity 9:00 PM 2038 0.2
FOXNC The Fox Report W/S.SMITH 7:00 PM 1490 0.2

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

 
  • John A

    Nice to see Charmed make the list.

  • George

    Ouch for 80 Plates! I have to imagine that show costs a lot more to produce than a lot of those other cheap Bravo reality shows…

  • TatiG

    Kobe bringing in 7.5 million viewers. WOW. It’s approaching Network TV levels.

  • RJ

    Total Blackout slipped from last week, but still did well.

  • Mike W

    The Pacers and Heat did not play on Wednesday. The other game was Celtics vs 76ers.

  • caroline

    Clearly MTV didn’t need Pants. That’s sarcasm. Not a show in the top 100. Ouchies.

  • Survivor Fan

    I think that 80 Plates does not do well because it is a show that would appeal to men on a network that appeals to women.

    By the way, 80 Plates is the only Bravo show that I have ever watched.

  • Kaylie

    Woahh no ABDC?? I doubt it!!

  • Mr Mikey

    Abdc is the same repetitive crap each season. #boring.

  • Woah

    Having no one go home on abdc was stupid trying to save those crews to make it to The end how pathetic.
    Ouch American guns.
    No auction kings?

  • msupdate

    Rip my brain out and call it cold turkey. No ABDC. That’s incredibly unexpected… I hope things SERIOUSLY pick up for MTV this Summer or they’ll be in huge trouble. Let’s see how Pauly D rubbish and monotonous Punk’d do tonight.

  • Mark Wilkins

    NBA, who cares about anything else on cable after that?

  • Random Guy

    Can someone post the ratings for ABDC? I remember it wasn’t on the ‘Wednesday Cable Ratings’ two weeks ago, but the numbers were definitely top 100 of the night. I wonder why they’re not publishing them.

  • Torrid

    Watch me spin this a la “PucktheMedia” & “SportsMediaWatch” …..

    “Hockey Conference finals experience massive ratings jump overnight”
    The NHL Playoffs experienced a giddy 62% increase in national viewership between Tuesday and Wednesday this week. This is the largest two-day percentage increase of ANY sports audience this season. See how easy that was but I’m a spinning amateur so … (wink! wink!) over to Steve Lepore and Paulsen; have at it maestros!! :)

    Why do I mock the NHL and its insecure, thin-skinned, bigotry ridden fandom? – WELL SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT! – these guys have been spouting both obvious and veiled racial invective against the NBA for years – time to call them out and mock at their desperation and pathetic pleas for attention!!

    Hey Matty boy – you gone awfully quiet these days, feeling a little deflated son? reality can do that to you, especially after imbibing delusions of grandeur for so long. LOL!

    ============== AND LEST WE FORGET *smirk* =================
    TNT NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2 L 09:43 PM 7.445 3.4
    TNT NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2 L 07:00 PM 3.730 1.6
    TNT INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS 12:26 AM 2.871 1.4
    ————————————————————-
    NBCSN NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L 08:00 PM 1.342 0.5 (NY Market lol!)

  • Slappy Go Jacky

    haha torrid is great.

    “Why do I mock the NHL and its insecure, thin-skinned, bigotry ridden fandom? – WELL SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT!”

    Thank you. I can’t speak for everyone. But I certainly enjoy it.

  • heavann

    Maybe no post for ABDC because MTV didn’t get the numbers in fast enough but it usually does a .5 or .6 in the demo. I’m kinda obsessed with the show :)

  • Columbo

    Wow @ the ratings for the Lakers/Thunder game.

  • Izzy

    Kobe still bringing in the ratings butter.

    Too bad the NBA didn’t have Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls to go against the Celtics they could’ve cleared 6 million viewers easily for that game.

    Torrid still posts? WHY?!

  • Torrid

    Whoopsie….lookout! here comes the passive aggressives! – Yo Izzy that means you :)

    You really are a hockey fan grinding yo teeth with frustration ain’t ya! – I know you man.

    Just that you know the ridicule that’s gonna smack you in the face if you come bloviating here the usual NHL nonsense that you really want to say. LOL! I know there are many like you feeling the same way and just gnashing at these numbers and posts that mock the NHL and its little also-ran league.

    But NUMBERS DON’T LIE so sit yo azz down and take yo medicine son! be good for you in the end:)

    The typical hockey-fan passive-aggressive poster (and I’ve seen a few here since I started posting) does this:-

    Say something a little bit critical towards the NBA while conceding the reality of its dominance of the ratings but at the same time do the best to ‘hide’ hockey comparisons or point to its comparatively poor performance. It’s a tightrope for them and they often lose it and cannot quite hide the anti-NBA bile or a little exaggeration on behalf of their favorite sport.

    Am I right Izzy – you know I am :) – As I said I know you hockey-fanbois and your four character-types (been studying you a long time).

    – The advocate – say, do anything to get hockey respect vs the NBA
    – The bigot – follows and obsesses over hockey as a ‘white’ sport
    – The purist – simple lover of the sport by exposure or experience
    – The native – relate to hockey as culture, nurtured around it
    Hockey fans fall into one or more of these categories to different degrees – man I could write a treatise!!! :) – which combo is likely to make passive aggressive posts like Izzy’s?

  • Jordan

    America’s Best Dance Crew – MTV
    1.029 million viewers, #12; 0.612 million adults 18-49 (0.5 rating), #10

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