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Thursday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs, 'Swamp People', 'Ax Men', 'Pauly D Project', 'Eagleheart', 'Don't Be Tardy For The Wedding' & More

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May 18th, 2012

 

The NBA Playoffs were Thursday's top rated cable programs. The Clippers versus Spurs game earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, followed by the Heat versus Pacers, which got a  2.0 adults 18-49 rating Swamp People was the highest rated cable original, scoring a 1.5 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week.

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:

Net Program Time Viewers (000) (Live+SD) A18-49 Rating (Live +SD)
ESPN NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L 9:40 PM 4683 2.1
ESPN NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L 6:58 PM 4453 2.0
HIST Swamp People 9:00 PM 4103 1.5
TBSC Big Bang Theory, THE 10:00 PM 2807 1.3
TBSC Big Bang Theory, THE 10:30 PM 2388 1.2
ESPN SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L 12:11 AM 2216 1.1
TBSC Big Bang Theory, THE 9:30 PM 2472 1.1
ADSM Family Guy 11:30 PM 2697 1.1
ADSM Family Guy 11:00 PM 2671 1.0
TBSC Big Bang Theory, THE 9:00 PM 1922 0.8
ADSM American Dad 10:30 PM 2145 0.8
HIST Ax Men 10:00 PM 1942 0.7
ADSM American Dad 10:00 PM 1878 0.7
TBSC Family Guy 8:30 PM 1318 0.7
MTV PAULY D PROJECT SSN 1 10:30 PM 1211 0.7
ESPN SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L 1:00 AM 1228 0.6
ADSM EAGLEHEART 12:00 AM 1612 0.6
AEN AFTER The First 48 10:00 PM 1403 0.6
USA NCIS 10:00 PM 2313 0.6
BRVO DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING 9:30 PM 1333 0.6
USA NCIS 11:00 PM 2189 0.6
USA NCIS 8:00 PM 2714 0.6
TBSC SEINFELD 7:30 PM 1191 0.5
HIST Swamp People 1:01 AM 1300 0.5
ADSM KING OF THE HILL 9:30 PM 1533 0.5
HGTV HOUSE HUNTERS INTL 10:30 PM 1596 0.5
USA NCIS 7:00 PM 2471 0.5
MTV PUNKD SSN 9 10:00 PM 1125 0.5
USA NCIS 9:00 PM 2272 0.5
AEN The First 48 12:01 AM 1077 0.5
ADSM CHILDRENS HOSPITAL 12:15 AM 1262 0.5
HIST Hardcore History 11:01 PM 1233 0.5
AEN The First 48 9:00 PM 1211 0.5
TBSC Family Guy 8:00 PM 954 0.5
USA NCIS 6:00 PM 2010 0.5
AEN The First 48 11:01 PM 1063 0.5
SPIKE IMPACT WRESTLING 8:59 PM 1476 0.5
FX FX MOVIE PRIME 10:00 PM 923 0.5
FOOD SWEET GENIUS 10:00 PM 1033 0.5
TBSC Conan 11:00 PM 883 0.5
TNT BONES 8:00 PM 1333 0.5
HGTV HOUSE HUNTERS 10:00 PM 1535 0.4
HIST Swamp People 12:01 AM 1110 0.4
HIST Swamp People 8:00 PM 1444 0.4
USA NCIS 5:00 PM 1579 0.4
NICK SpongeBob 5:00 PM 2530 0.4
BRVO REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC 8:05 PM 767 0.4
TNT CHARMED 9:00 AM 779 0.4
DSNY MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE 9:00 AM 1541 0.4
FX FX MOVIE LATE 12:00 AM 769 0.4
DSNY NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND 9:25 AM 1582 0.4
DISC Mythbusters 10:00 PM 819 0.4
ESPN SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L 6:00 PM 800 0.4
TBSC FRIENDS 5:30 PM 893 0.4
ESPN SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L 2:00 AM 802 0.4
USA NCIS 4:00 PM 1175 0.4
TNT BONES 9:00 PM 1119 0.4
DSNY MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE 9:30 AM 1562 0.4
DISC Mythbusters 9:00 PM 819 0.4
ESPN Pardon The Interruption 5:30 PM 805 0.4
DSNY MICKEYS MOUSEKERCIZE SHOR 8:25 AM 1478 0.4
FX TWO/HALF MEN 9:00 PM 1065 0.4
DSNY POEM IS...,A 8:55 AM 1480 0.4
TLC OBESE AND EXPECTING 9:00 PM 876 0.4
TRU TOP 20 MOST SHOCKING 11:00 PM 823 0.4
NBCSN NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L 9:00 PM 827 0.4
DSNY JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P 8:30 AM 1447 0.4
BRVO KATHY 10:00 PM 669 0.4
BRVO Bethenny Ever After 8:19 PM 720 0.4
BRVO DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING 11:01 PM 675 0.4
AEN THE FIRST 48 8:00 PM 1071 0.4
TBSC SEINFELD 7:00 PM 934 0.4
TNT BONES 7:00 PM 1191 0.4
TNT CHARMED 8:00 AM 715 0.4
BRVO DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING 9:00 PM 813 0.4
TNT BONES 6:00 PM 1120 0.4
HGTV HOUSE HUNTERS 11:00 PM 1233 0.3
TBSC KING OF QUEENS 6:30 PM 851 0.3
TBSC KING OF QUEENS 6:00 PM 852 0.3
USA Necessary Roughness 12:00 AM 1196 0.3
FX TWO/HALF MEN 8:30 PM 991 0.3
FX TWO/HALF MEN 9:30 PM 971 0.3
TNT Supernatural 11:00 AM 640 0.3
TNT CSI: NY 1:00 AM 932 0.3
FOOD Chopped 9:00 PM 966 0.3
TNT Supernatural 10:00 AM 595 0.3
TNT LAW & ORDER 5:00 PM 1015 0.3
ID SINS & SECRETS 1:00 AM 766 0.3
HGTV HOUSE HUNTERS INTL 11:30 PM 1064 0.3
ID COLD BLOOD 12:00 AM 780 0.3
TRU WORLDS DUMBEST 10:00 PM 713 0.3
TNT LAW & ORDER 4:00 PM 974 0.3
FOOD HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE 11:00 PM 718 0.3
FOXNC THE OREILLY FACTOR 8:00 PM 2713 0.3
ID 48 HOURS ON ID 2:00 AM 769 0.3
TVL KING OF QUEENS 12:30 AM 799 0.3
TVL KING OF QUEENS 12:00 AM 850 0.3
ID Dateline ON ID 11:00 PM 789 0.3
HGTV SELLING LA 12:00 AM 823 0.3
HGTV HOUSE HUNTERS 7:30 PM 878 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

    Strange to see Pauly D up. Maybe MTV might actually renew the show.

    Punk’d was hilarious last night. Miley was a great host. Glad ratings went up in total viewers from last week.

  • Mr Mikey

    Ugh no their ratings are terrible totally below mtv’s expectations.

  • genie

    Yeah, they DEF expected a lot more for Punk’d (Pauly D too.) Add this to the criticism they are getting for Pants cancellation (which had better numbers than these btw), and tough week for mtv. Luckily they have new shows on next month.

  • tatiG

    OK, NBA Playoffs will be winning the night for the rest of the season. But I wonder what will happen when the Heat, LeBron & Lakers, Kobe are eliminated. Will anybody watch?

  • Mark Wilkins

    NBA, who cares about anything else after that? Nothing but garbage on cable today

  • USAmerica1st

    @tatiG. Great point, you know Comm Stern is very concerned. Perhaps if he had not vetoed that Chris Paul trade, the Lakers would be in better shape.

  • Melanie

    @tatiG

    Probably not. I just hope both teams can get back on track in each of their series. Not looking good for either the Heat or Lakers right now.

  • shelly

    i think MTV is worried about JWOWW spinoff bombing ..snookie will need to carry show but no smushing & drinking makes for bad ratings..but different side of snookie..

  • Torrid

    I should have posted this here instead of on Wednesday’s comments…. – well here goes again (with slight modifications) :)
    ============================================================================
    Whoopsie….lookout! here comes the passive aggressives! – Yo tatiG & USAmerica1st that means you!

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

    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! 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 tatiG & USAmerica1st – 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 tatiG & USAmerica1st’s?

  • Torrid

    And lest we forget….
    ======================
    ESPN NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L 9:40 PM 4.683 2.1
    ESPN NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L 6:58 PM 4.453 2.0
    ————————————————————
    NBCSN NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L 9:00 PM 0.827 0.4 – whewww!!!
    …everyone can now see why ESPN got rid of that stinker! :)

  • juan

    I love seeing Charmed and Supernatural in the chart.

  • Matt

    Torrid’s obsession with the NHL is rather sad.

    But if you consider yourself accomplished for beating out a series featuring the Phoenix market (LOL) where they’re getting the floor wiped with them, that’s your problem.

    Go see a therapist.

    By the way, ESPN made the NHL a contract offer in 2011, the NHL turned it down.

  • torrid

    “Torrid’s obsession with the NHL is rather sad” – truedat Matt!

    Just reflecting (in the other direction) what I’ve seen on many sports boards/forums from hockey fans for years against anything NBA – get it?

    Only thing is this I’m enjoying this! did’nt know its sooo much fun!!! only difference is I don’t have to spin or lie against the NHL – the actual numbers speak for themselves – Booyah!! :)

    You do know Matt that ESPN really did’nt fight to win the NHL in 2011 – it was a token, not too serious, low-ball offer, almost similar in feel to what they offered Bettman after the lockout, Bettman took offense and left then as we all know and ESPN did not pursue him or change it’s mind.

    That 2011 offer was not really that of the World Leader in sports pursuing a hot, must-have property, it was an attempt to pick up something on the cheap, because that’s how ESPN and most media (who are not desperate NBC) view the NHL – sorry to bust ya bubble fella!

  • David

    Torrid was annoying before, but I actually find his post amusing now (exactly grammar, too).

    “By the way, ESPN made the NHL a contract offer in 2011, the NHL turned it down.”

    This was because ESPN was going to pay them on performance, if I remember correctly, and this would have cost the NHL a lot of money if their ratings were not good. But, it also could have made them a lot of money if they were good. The NHL decided not to take that chance, which was smart, and they are where they are now.

    The NHL will grow, but it will hit a ceiling soon because this generation coming up is being dominated by latinos and a larger percentages of the black population also. It would be impossible for the NHL to get the top 4 in the future, because soccer will get in that 4 spot once they can get them focused on teams here instead of them still focusing on other teams. Our Spanish networks already show the audience is there and they only need to direct their attention.

  • David

    *excellent

  • battye

    It’s strange to see Supernatural getting a 0.3 at 11am in the morning, but struggling to get more than double that in primetime for an original episode.

    If you add up all of those 18-49 ratings (assuming I haven’t made an error), it comes to 51.6. Just goes to show how split and fragmented the TV landscape is, because the vast majority of those in list above are 0.3′s and 0.4′s.

  • Big Game Joe

    It’s really just the NBA and the rest of the shows.

    The NHL can score big with a LA Kings vs. New York Rangers Stanley Cup Final.

    Impact Wrestling going live will boost their numbers this summer.

  • Torrid

    This is easy:

    David – category 2 (see above) :)

  • David

    Cute. But, I am actually an NBA fan (which is kind of obvious from my past post) and I do not even watch hockey. If I fall into that category and I am not a hockey fan your logic might be flawed.

    However, it is simple logic that hockey is a VAST MAJORITY white sport and this is why I talked about the ceiling it will reach with upcoming generations. Trying to pretend that other races are big numbers in hockey is like trying to convince me that rugby has a diverse fanbase. Hockey could diversify, but the equipment is too expensive for a lot of kids to be able to play. This is why I love basketball, soccer, and baseball (not watching, just as an activity) because they allow people to do quick pickup games. You can do this with football also, but you are more likely to get hurt.

    All that being said, your trolling is still humorous.

  • Torrid

    A likely misunderstanding then David … if so apologies – if not then ‘a pox on ye and your house!’ :)

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