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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.

 
  • Torrid

    surrender not accepted! … man up and lap up the hockey mockery son!

    by the way – did you get tired of the constant, vicious and racist anti-NBA animosity among hockey fans too? nah of course not!

    It’s the embarrassment of the truth that’s giving you discomfort man – has nothing to do with that “live & let live” posture you are so conveniently adopting. C’mon Barbarossa – let the hate flow don’t be like Matty and the rest gnashing their teeth in impotent silence at my hockey mockery – hey guys! I know you’re out there – how does it feeeeeel! :)

  • Barbarossa

    Embarrassment?

    Do you honestly remember me ever particating in any of the NBA bashing? Because I never did. While I don’t typically watch the game, unlike say Football, I can atleast enjoy Basketball, and appreciate the sport. You’re right, I should’ve said something to them, maybe they would’ve listened to a fellow Hockey fan… but I doubt it. yes, there is a disturbing amount of bigotry still in the hockey fandom, but it gets a lot more attention than the far greater majority of good old normal fans because they howl so loud.

    Whatever, I shall resign myself to reading your posts for the rest of the post-season

  • torrid

    Ah Barba! I must admit a smidgin of respect for you being truthful

    BUT REALLY!

    …getting all uptight about some NHL & hockey mocking but (at the very least) quietly co-existing with what you know is outright bigotry….

    well, well, well- what does that say about you man?

    By the way – I don’t hate hockey – like most americans I don’t give a damm about it one way or another; just thought to say out loud what most of us sports fans know but are too polite (or don’t care enough) to admit what hockey-love in america really is about, especially when expressed in anti NBA sentiments.

    Love my country, hate racists!! (oi! to real original skins :) )

  • Barbarossa

    Did you see the reaction towards the Joel Ward hate inthe Boston/Washington series? The racist comments made by Bruins fans were widely condemned by hockey media and fans. Enjoy your ratings but please don’t act like arenas are filled with the KKK.
    The mocking was fine at first, I took it good matiredly. Despite what you say about sportsfans being polite and nice, Im used to the trash talk. But IMO it’s stretched on too long and become a joke that’s not funny anymore.

  • billbill2002

    Glee has higher ratings than Breaking Bad, and Breaking Bad is a much better show. Players don’t get paid for ratings and the NHL sells more tickets than the NBA.

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