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Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs + 'Sportscenter', 'Common Law', 'Fairly Legal', 'Storage Wars' & More

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May 21st, 2012

The NBA Playoff conference semi-finals were Friday's highest rated cable program with a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating at 10:50 and a 2.0 at 8:04. Sportscenter at 1:33 AM was the third highest-rated program on cable, with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.

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 Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L ESPN 10:50 PM 7.377 3.3
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L ESPN 8:04 PM 4.751 2.0
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:33 AM 2.962 1.5
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.667 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.432 1.0
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2.803 0.9
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L ESPN 2:40 AM 1.680 0.9
COMMON LAW USA 10:00 PM 2.507 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.746 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.903 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1.910 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 3:00 AM 1.605 0.7
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.643 0.7
NBA PLAYOFFS REPEAT ESPN 3:40 AM 1.219 0.6
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1.518 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 7:00 PM 1.327 0.6
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.701 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.654 0.6
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:30 PM 1.474 0.6
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:30 AM 1.585 0.6
Fairly Legal USA 9:00 PM 2.608 0.5
Robot Chicken ADSM 3:30 AM 1.281 0.5
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 5:00 AM 0.968 0.5
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.985 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1.349 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1.434 0.5
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:00 PM 1.221 0.5
ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE FX 10:00 PM 0.821 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 1.454 0.5
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1.738 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.342 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 1:01 AM 0.973 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 1.314 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.238 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.941 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:00 PM 1.121 0.5
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1.702 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 12:01 AM 0.983 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.238 0.4
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND DSNY 9:25 AM 1.566 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 10:30 PM 1.227 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 1.516 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1.780 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:30 AM 1.587 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 11:31 PM 1.054 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:00 AM 1.484 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 0.840 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 10:30 PM 1.240 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 0.886 0.4
BAIT CAR TRU 10:30 PM 1.029 0.4
BAIT CAR TRU 10:00 PM 0.968 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1.239 0.4
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.115 0.4
Suits USA 11:00 PM 1.350 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.103 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1.181 0.4
American Pickers HIST 8:00 PM 1.562 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1.108 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 9:30 PM 1.332 0.4
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1.469 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 3:00 PM 1.916 0.4
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN DSNY 7:45 PM 2.091 0.4
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 9:00 PM 0.977 0.4
Victorious: LOCKED UP NICK 7:00 PM 2.298 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1.130 0.4
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 8:30 PM 0.963 0.4
KUNG FU PANDA NICK 4:30 PM 1.857 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 0.874 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 2:31 AM 0.807 0.4
KUNG FU PANDA NICK 4:00 PM 1.751 0.4
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 10:00 AM 1.686 0.4
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:55 AM 1.426 0.4
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 8:00 PM 0.980 0.4
American Pickers HIST 12:01 AM 1.221 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 2:01 AM 0.882 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:31 AM 0.889 0.4
KEVIN HART: IM A GROWN CMDY 9:59 PM 0.764 0.4
TRON: UPRISING,BECKS BEGI DSNY 9:30 PM 1.794 0.4
ALASKA: ICE COLD KILLERS DISC 10:00 PM 0.935 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:30 AM 0.799 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 0.747 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 3:32 AM 0.765 0.3
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 8:00 PM 0.776 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 0.821 0.3
DREAM MACHINES SYFY 10:00 PM 0.937 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 0.810 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 9:30 PM 0.939 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 9:00 PM 1.206 0.3
FORENSIC FILES TRU 11:00 PM 0.735 0.3
HOLLYWOOD FOR SALE HGTV 12:00 AM 0.816 0.3
Fairly Legal USA 12:00 AM 1.062 0.3
TNT NETWORK PREVIEW TNT 5:30 AM 0.749 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:00 PM 1.131 0.3
Real Time with Bill Maher HBOM 10:02 PM 1.084 0.3
FORENSIC FILES TRU 11:30 PM 0.825 0.3
MOTIVES & MURDERS ID 1:00 AM 0.839 0.3
48 HOURS ON ID ID 2:00 AM 0.898 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:30 PM 1.077 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 PM 1.099 0.2
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 PM 1.171 0.2

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

 

 
  • Brian C

    Good Job Common Law!!!!!

  • Nickelodeon Rocks 2012

    Wow, the victorious repeat of locked up did amazing! (in total viewers) Also considering the fact that — that tv special is VERY old.

  • John

    Good for Fairly Legal up in viewers and demo and good for Common Law up in views and same demo as last week.

  • xwiseguyx

    I’m pleased to see Bill Maher doing so well after all these years..

  • Observer
  • Stephen judson

    Guess Fairly Legal will get a third season renewal.

  • Jenna

    YAY! So happy that Fairly Legal went up this week. I am in love with that show!

  • Melissa

    FAIRLY LEGAL is so good this season. Glad to see last week was a fluke. It’s back up – hopefully enough!

  • Jenna

    I know Melissa! I agree, I’m completely addicted. It’s kind of embarassing. HAHA

  • DCC

    Glad to see Fairly Legal was up in viewers and demo!

  • Nickelodeon Rocks 2012

    Btw, aren’t the Sunday cable numbers posted today?

  • Epicfail037

    @Nickelodeon Rocks 2012: Yeah, that special getting those numbers on its own was rather unexpected to show up here. Even moreso considering it bested both Race to Witch Mountain AND the TRON premiere. But it’s not THAT old, almost 10 months to be exact. And we’ll see the Sunday cable ratings tomorrow. Let’s hope that the new special did decent!

  • Poweranimals

    Dang. Tron Uprising did horrible.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Btw, aren’t the Sunday cable numbers posted today?”

    Sunday’s cable ratings, and the Sunday broadcast final ratings are posted on Tuesdays.

  • Alex

    TUF ratings out. FX Networks terrible scheduling killed TUF in less than one season. Amazing.

    FX doesn’t get it. Spike has to be laughing.

    This is bad for the UFC who uses TUF to push PPVs and their other products.

  • SarahL

    I am surprised Common Law is doing so well, for USA anyway. I totally forgot it was on Friday. I will try to find the episode somewhere.

    Have to say I can’t stand Fairly Legal. The lead female tries way too hard.

  • Tiger Williams

    7 million for Kobe on a Friday is SICK! Hopefully for the NBA’s sake OKC doesn’t end that series tonight. Game 6 & 7 numbers could be sicker.

    Common Law is surprisingly doing so well right now. USA has some promise in this one.

    Friends is doing pretty well inside Nick @ Nite.

  • Samuel Adams

    I’m laughing at all the USA network shills posting here. Fairly Legal is awful and its ratings are not good. You think a .5 is good?! But of course USA will renew it because they never cancel anything….

  • Nickelodeon Rocks 2012

    @Bill Oops Sorry!

    @Epic, Hoping 4 million (or more)! :)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “But of course USA will renew it because they never cancel anything….”

    Tell that to the fans of In Plain Sight and Monk which are just the most recent.

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