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Wednesday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs + NHL, 'Duck Dynasty', 'Restaurant Impossible', 'Conan', 'South Beach Tow' & More

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May 24th, 2012

The NBA Playoffs again topped the cable ratings, with the conference semi-finals earning a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. Immediately following the game, SportsCenter easily took the second spot with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Duck Dynasty was the highest rated non-sports program on cable, with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating at 10:30, up from last week's 0.9 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 Total Blackout.

Wednesday cable ratings highlights:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L ESPN 8:08 PM 5.354 2.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:42 PM 2.762 1.3
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.976 1.3
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 2.885 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.708 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 3.034 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2.793 1.2
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:30 PM 2.558 1.2
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:00 PM 2.312 1.0
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.120 0.9
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:01 PM 1.779 0.9
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.804 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.556 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.098 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.609 0.7
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:31 PM 1.512 0.7
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 10:00 PM 1.558 0.6
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.386 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 9:30 PM 1.706 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1.268 0.6
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:30 AM 1.401 0.6
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2.275 0.6
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L NBCSN 8:00 PM 1.428 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:00 AM 1.100 0.6
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 1.130 0.6
South Beach Tow TRU 9:30 PM 1.419 0.6
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:45 AM 1.296 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:30 PM 0.988 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 7:00 PM 1.192 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.549 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.552 0.5
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1.204 0.5
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 1:00 AM 1.200 0.5
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 1:15 AM 1.191 0.5
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.484 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1.426 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:02 AM 1.136 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 1.161 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.033 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.240 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.441 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 3:00 PM 2.175 0.5
Hardcore History HIST 11:31 PM 1.213 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:00 PM 1.084 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 1.149 0.4
Auction Hunters SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.308 0.4
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 1.843 0.4
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1.663 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.113 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 1.984 0.4
BAIT CAR TRU 11:30 PM 0.846 0.4
FBI: CRIMINAL PURSUIT ID 1:00 AM 0.891 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.325 0.4
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:55 AM 1.576 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 9:30 PM 1.109 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1.006 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 9:00 PM 0.978 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 12:31 AM 0.871 0.4
TOTAL BLACKOUT SYFY 10:00 PM 0.986 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 1:00 AM 0.856 0.4
Fairly Legal USA 11:00 PM 1.304 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.047 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1.157 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 11:00 PM 1.137 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:01 AM 1.006 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.720 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 12:01 AM 1.055 0.4
American Restoration HIST 10:30 PM 1.138 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 6:30 PM 0.875 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 9:00 PM 1.055 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 1.174 0.4
I ALMOST GOT AWAY WITH IT ID 12:00 AM 0.785 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 0.963 0.4
RIVER MONSTERS LETHAL LEG APL 10:00 PM 0.853 0.4
American Restoration HIST 10:00 PM 1.083 0.4
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.805 0.4
RIVER MONSTERS UNHOOKED APL 9:00 PM 0.869 0.4
CAJUN PAWN STARS HIST 12:31 AM 0.940 0.3
PAWN STARS HIST 7:30 PM 1.128 0.3
SOLD! HIST 11:01 PM 1.023 0.3
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1.382 0.3
South Beach Tow TRU 10:00 PM 1.081 0.3
LAW & ORDER:CRIM INTENT USA 6:00 AM 0.965 0.3
FOOD NETWORK STAR 90 FOOD 11:00 PM 0.939 0.3
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 9:00 PM 0.931 0.3
MAN-EATING SUPER CROC APL 8:00 PM 0.902 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:00 PM 0.853 0.3
CAJUN PAWN STARS HIST 8:00 PM 1.157 0.3
CSI: NY TNT 12:00 AM 1.106 0.3
MAN-EATING SUPER CROC APL 11:00 PM 0.880 0.3
48 HOURS ON ID ID 2:00 AM 0.751 0.3
LAW & ORDER:CRIM INTENT USA 7:00 AM 0.915 0.3
South Beach Tow TRU 1:30 AM 0.778 0.3
RIVER MONSTERS UNHOOKED APL 12:00 AM 0.739 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 11:29 PM 0.856 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 PM 1.150 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 PM 1.032 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 PM 1.199 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2.592 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 11:00 PM 1.549 0.3

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

 
  • RJ

    Ouch, Total Blackout really fell.

  • greenf

    The Wednesday encore of Fairly Legal did almost as much as the original on Friday.

    What is this Duck Dynasty? Why is it so high?

  • AC75

    “What is this Duck Dynasty? Why is it so high?”

    There is no acceptable way to answer either of those questions.

  • TatiG

    5.3mil for Boston v. Philly NBA is quite a good number. I thought only Kobe brought in that. I am thinking LeBron is going to shutter those numbers.

  • Me

    did i miss ABDC pn MTV

  • Kaylie

    ABDC not here again. Should I be worried? MTV needs to do something about this. Move it back to Thursday next season.

  • Mark Wilkins

    NBA, nothing else to watch after that

  • Mike

    Duck Dynasty is the best reality show on TV. It’s funny and entertaining, Great Show!

  • ariana

    Wait… What happened to toddlers and tiaras? It used to make the list

  • Torrid

    The NHL hockey playoffs *conference finals* went up against the NBA conference *semi-finals* Wednesday night and the results were:
    ============================================================================
    NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L ESPN 08:08PM 5.354 2.3
    NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L NBCSN 08:00PM 1.428 0.6
    —————————————————————————-

    The NBA clobbered the NHL national audience by a factor of almost 4 to 1
    The NBA clobbered the NHL with over 3.9 million more national viewers
    The NBA clobbered the NHL with massive advantage in most coveted demographics
    in short – THE NBA CLOBBERED THE NHL …(wait for it)….. A-G-A-I-N!! :)

  • Jordan

    1.110 million viewers, #8; 0.703 million adults 18-49 (0.5 rating), #7

    An improvement from last week’s rating of 1.029 million viewers, but still way down from last season.

    Hopefully they move it back to Thursday next year.

  • Jordan

    Btw, that was for America’s Best Dance Crew

  • Jason

    No bravo shows in top 100? Yikes.

  • Kieran4

    All that money spent on original programing and repeats of BBT, FG, and NCIS kicks the crap out of all of it.

  • Kisha

    DuckDynasty is funny as heck…. Uncle Si amess… Luv this show!!!

  • Barbarossa

    @Torrid.

    You right. There has been alot of bashing from NHL fans towrads the NBA in the past. But you really need to get all this hate out of your system. It was fun at first now it’s just exasperating. Kobe’s been following the Kings, why can’t we all just get along, different strokes for different folks and all that.

    Except for American Football. That can just…

  • Barbarossa

    ^Addendum: But now it’s just you, all the time.

    Please insert that between the first and second sentances

  • mike s

    @ TORRID
    I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS..! im a huge nba fan and i love how they are killing the nhl in ratings like usual… the nhl fans deserve everything they get for always trashing the nba! bunch of jealous punks..!

  • Torrid

    U crying ‘uncle’ Barbarossa? I see your fellow traveller Matty disappeared (with those big-azz welts on his back from the belt/pen of yours truly :) )
    ————–
    @ Mike_s, you got it! amigo; as I said before SOMEBODY GOTTA DO IT! – call them out and mock them with real verifiable substance unlike the childish, pretend stats and bigotry-driven hopes and wishful thinking that pervade hockey media and fandom.

    They really have NO way to deflect from the reality of hockey’s low place when they’re forced to deal with the real numbers. LOL!

  • Barbarossa

    Please. I don’t care that Hockey’s loosing ratings wise, and quite badly at that. It’s not like they’re going to cancel it, like a regular show. Would I like to see it gain fans in the US, Of course, but if it doesn’t so be it.

    All I’m saying is I haven’t seen any of the NHL trolling for a long time. What ever you say about facts and numbers is true, but the way you write them is very Troll-like. If you had an opponent I could understand, but it’s really just you gloating week in, week out and it’s grown tiresome. We can read, basic numbers.

    If it’ll get you to stop then fine. I’m waving the white surrender flag. You enjoy the NBA and just let the few Americans who watch Hockey do so in peace, please.

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