Cable Top 25: NBA Basketball Tops Cable Viewership For Week Ending May 20, 2012

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May 22nd, 2012

The NBA Playoffs topped cable viewership for the week, taking all top ten spots. The most-watched game was Wednesday's Oklahoma City/Lakers game, with 7.445 million people watching.  WWE Raw was the number one non-basketball program for the week, and Swamp People was the most-watched non-sports program. .
Top 25 cable shows for the week ending May 20, 2012

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 LA LAKERS/OKLAHOMA CITY TNT Wed 09:43P-12:26A  7,445
2 OKLAHOMA CITY/LA LAKERS ESPN Fri 10:50P-01:33A  7,377
3 LA LAKERS/OKLAHOMA CITY TNT Mon 09:43P-12:22A  6,687
4 OKLAHOMA CITY/LA LAKERS TNT Sat 10:30P-01:13A  6,366
5 LA CLIPPERS/SAN ANTONIO TNT Tue 09:46P-12:18A  5,040
6 BOSTON/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Fri 08:04P-10:50P  4,751
7 LA CLIPPERS/SAN ANTONIO ESPN Thu 09:40P-12:11A  4,683
8 INDIANA/MIAMI TNT Tue 07:00P-09:46P  4,457
9 MIAMI/INDIANA ESPN Thu 06:58P-09:40P  4,453
10 SAN ANTONIO/LA CLIPPERS TNT Sun 10:30P-01:20A  4,443
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:14P  4,321
12 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P  4,103
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P  4,094
14 PHILADELPHIA/BOSTON TNT Mon 07:00P-09:43P  4,016
15 GAME OF THRONES HBOM Sun 09:04P-09:56P  3,864
16 997-TORI GOES PLATINUM NICK Sat 08:00P-09:00P  3,823
17 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING SPD Sat 07:00P-11:05P  3,751
18 BOSTON/PHILADELPHIA TNT Wed 07:00P-09:43P  3,730
19 AX MEN HIST Sun 10:01P-11:01P  3,522
20 AX MEN HIST Sun 09:00P-10:01P  3,485
21 LEGEND OF KORRA NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A  3,452
22 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P  3,218
23 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P  3,139
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A  3,065
25 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P  3,049


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  • disney rocks

    Left out Austin & Ally – 3.049 million.

  • Epicfail037

    So. Much. Fudging. NBA.

    And as for Victorious, eh, I guess it’ll make do for the time being. Let’s hope Nick can pick up their game soon before Rags premieres on Memorial Day.

    Also, A&A did better than Good Luck Charlie? That’s so not cool. >_>

  • Nickelodeon Rocks 2012

    Yay @ Victorious. I was Hoping for 4 million, but that’s good enough considering all of nick’s live action shows are decreasing dramatically.

    I just saw Good Luck Charlie’s numbers! Ouch!! Disney shouldn’t have put it at the 7:30 Slot. If they would only just move Shake It Up to fridays, and Austin and Ally to 8:30, OR they can switch the shows every other week for the 8:00 slot.

    Nick thinks Korra has a strong fan base, so they don’t promote it alot. They shouldn’t do that! I hope the viewers increase next week.

  • Bryan S

    Why isn’t there #’s for Saturday Night’s game (Game 4) between Lakers vs OKC?

  • Bryan S

    Please disregard prior post. Oversight on my part.

  • Dan S

    Haven’t watched the NBA since Oklahoma stole the Seattle Supersonics in 2008 & rebranded them Thunder

  • Sean


  • Kaylie

    The only Disney show that ever worked at that 7:30 death slot was Hannah Montana and Wizards. Good Luck Charlie is Disneys best & funniest show right now. Keeping it at 7:30 would allow it to sink like So Random did.

    Happy for Nick. Disneys numbers could be so much better if they were to change their scheduling because its hurting them very badly.

  • RHONJd

    Hello! Seidman and/or Bill, Austin & Ally was left out of the top 25!

  • RHONJd

    Austin & ally (DSNY) should be listed as # 25 with 3.049 million viewers. It is a part of Sunday’s Cable ratings. I hope the list is fixed

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Hello! Seidman and/or Bill, Austin & Ally was left out of the top 25!”

    One of our sources of weekly cable data does not include Disney shows because they are not ad supported.

    I have updated the table with the complete data.

  • RHONJd

    Bill, thank you!! :)

  • epicfail037

    Also, i’m pretty sure Good Luck Charlie’s 7:30 time slot is only temporary-I remember that nickandmore on Twitter said that it will move back to 8 PM in June.

  • And

    alguien me puede explicar que quiere decir edo de que victorious ascendio a 8.3 millones en total en la semana?

  • ikin

    a mi igual k alguien nos explike jha jha

  • RHONJd

    Good Luck Charlie’s 7:30 time slot is temporary, and JESSIE has been moved to 8:30 p.m. starting on 6/8

  • RHONJd

    My Babysitter’s Vampire will now air Friday @ 8 starting 6/29 (most likely) alternating with ANT Farm’s new season, which probably has 8 as a new time instead of its usual 8:30

  • RHONJd

    Here is how I think the schedule should be for the summer on Disney Channel:

    My Babysitters a Vampire/ ANT Farm @ 8
    JESSIE @ 8:30
    Phineas & Ferb @ 9
    Gravity Falls @ 9:30
    Fish Hooks @ 9:45

    Good Luck Charlie @ 8
    Shake it Up @ 8:30
    Austin & Ally @ 9

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