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Thursday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs + 'SportsCenter', 'Swamp People', 'Men at Work', 'Ax Men', 'Don't be Tardy for the Wedding', 'Sweet Genius' + More

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May 25th, 2012

 

The NBA Playoffs:  Conference Semifinals was the most-watched program on cable last night, earning a 3.0 rating on ESPN. The SportsCenter that followed the game was the #2 program, earning a 1.6 rating.  Swamp People and Men At Work tied as the highest non-sports programming, each scoring a 1.3 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 Kathy

Thursday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L ESPN 8:05 PM 6.892 3.0
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:46 PM 3.149 1.6
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 3.119 1.4
Swamp People HIST 9:00 PM 3.818 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.878 1.3
Men At Work TBSC 10:00 PM 2.648 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.792 1.2
Men At Work TBSC 10:31 PM 2.278 1.1
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.490 1.1
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1.999 0.9
SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:00 AM 1.395 0.7
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1.424 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.780 0.7
NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 7:25 PM 1.638 0.7
EAGLEHEART ADSM 12:00 AM 1.586 0.7
Ax Men HIST 10:00 PM 1.785 0.7
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.304 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 1.249 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 8:00 PM 1.156 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:00 AM 1.081 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 9:00 PM 1.390 0.6
FX MOVIE LATE FX 11:30 PM 1.084 0.6
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1.395 0.6
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 1.933 0.6
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.212 0.5
DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING BRVO 9:30 PM 1.233 0.5
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.462 0.5
SWEET GENIUS FOOD 10:00 PM 1.273 0.5
IMPACT WRESTLING SPIKE 8:59 PM 1.434 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.631 0.5
PAULY D PROJECT SSN 1 MTV 10:33 PM 0.888 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.616 0.5
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L ESPN 2:00 AM 0.833 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.311 0.4
Swamp People HIST 8:00 PM 1.537 0.4
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 1.926 0.4
NCIS USA 11:00 PM 1.610 0.4
NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 7:00 PM 0.924 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 12:03 AM 0.990 0.4
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.894 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 8:07 PM 0.908 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 0.970 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2.342 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 0.991 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 0.976 0.4
Swamp People HIST 12:01 AM 1.076 0.4
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 0.826 0.4
Mythbusters DISC 10:00 PM 0.852 0.4
The First 48 AEN 11:01 PM 1.047 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.486 0.4
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 1.198 0.4
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 9:00 PM 0.897 0.4
Chopped FOOD 8:00 PM 1.176 0.4
SWAMP PEOPLE HIST 1:01 AM 0.977 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.717 0.4
TOP 20 MOST SHOCKING TRU 11:00 PM 0.871 0.4
TATTOO SCHOOL TLC 10:30 PM 0.724 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 0.862 0.4
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK 3:30 PM 1.897 0.4
SWEET GENIUS FOOD 11:00 PM 0.909 0.4
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1.449 0.4
JEFF DUNHAM: SPARK OF INS CMDY 10:29 PM 0.925 0.4
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1.373 0.4
Chopped FOOD 7:00 PM 0.920 0.4
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 10:00 PM 0.885 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 8:30 PM 0.972 0.4
TEAM UMIZOOMI NICK 10:30 AM 1.423 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 11:00 PM 1.246 0.4
BUBBLE GUPPIES NICK 11:00 AM 1.522 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:00 AM 1.402 0.4
RIVER MONSTERS DEAD ENCOU APL 10:00 PM 0.869 0.4
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 1.046 0.4
The First 48 AEN 12:01 AM 0.885 0.3
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND DSNY 9:25 AM 1.290 0.3
The First 48 AEN 10:00 PM 1.077 0.3
The First 48 AEN 9:00 PM 0.942 0.3
KATHY BRVO 10:01 PM 0.744 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:30 AM 1.286 0.3
Bethenny Ever After BRVO 8:20 PM 0.729 0.3
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 10:00 PM 0.803 0.3
SELLING LA HGTV 9:00 PM 1.058 0.3
Chelsea Lately ENT 11:00 PM 0.664 0.3
THE FIRST 48 AEN 8:00 PM 0.697 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1.118 0.3
SELLING NEW YORK HGTV 9:30 PM 1.025 0.3
Watch What Happens Live BRVO 11:02 PM 0.680 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:00 AM 0.883 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2.795 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:38 AM 0.811 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 1:00 AM 0.802 0.3
BONES TNT 8:00 PM 1.413 0.3
COLD BLOOD ID 12:00 AM 0.773 0.3
THE FIRST 48 AEN 1:01 AM 0.683 0.3
SELLING NEW YORK HGTV 12:30 AM 0.791 0.3
SELLING LA HGTV 12:00 AM 0.859 0.3
Dateline ON ID ID 11:00 PM 0.732 0.3
SELLING NEW YORK HGTV 8:30 PM 0.829 0.3
TECH IT TO THE MAX HIST 5:00 PM 0.764 0.3
DONT BE TARDY FOR WEDDING BRVO 11:32 PM 0.661 0.3
BONES TNT 9:00 PM 1.187 0.3

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

 

 
  • Dillan

    Pauly D under a million and Punk’d not on the list. Oh dear. Just when Pauly D started getting good, viewers turn off.

  • SarahL

    Wow, Heat/Pacers struck ratings gold. I thought only the Lakers go 3.0s.

  • msupdate

    Well… MTV truly is struggling and it’s getting scary. Punk’d used to be so highly rated for MTV and now it’s not even top 100ing. Pauly D Project, though I hate it, is the type of thing you would expect to be doing fine by MTV standards and it’s below 1 million and at .5. Awkward, Teen Wolf and Jersey Shore really need to make a channel comeback this Summer.

  • TatiG

    @SarahL, I know. I guess LeBron haters are a little worried. This was a good series tho, especially since there was hope the Pacers could eliminate the Heat.

    Can’t wait for Heat v. OKC Finals. Lakers v. Heat would have been ratings of all time, but Heat v. OKC would be the best basketball money can buy. :)

  • Kenny

    I like Kathy Griffin…But her show STINKS…TOO VULGAR FOR ME..I like when she talks to her friends about the shows but she curses way too much for me, especially with her Mom in the crowd, I like the crudeness but the “skits” she did for Lifetime was just TERRIBLE..Now i can see why her “core” audience is only watching it

  • Melanie

    Great numbers for the NBA, go Miami Heat!!

  • Ram510

    Men At Work was actually really funny, TBS is back on track! This show along with them picking up Cougar Town really makes up for TBS cancelling My Boys and Glory Daze. Thank you TBS

  • genie

    MTV spiraling. This is why I didn’t get the Pants cancellation. At least people liked that show. Can Teen Wolf staunch the bleeding?

  • The End

    Speaking about Men at Work, Kutcher was on twitter tweeting to his 10 million followers that they should check it out.

    http://twitter.com/#!/aplusk/status/205732855647715328

    Wonder if this had any effect, assuming he has some Nielsen households following him.

  • David

    Anybody who thinks OKC can beat the Spurs needs some help. This series and going to be embarrassing for OKC and other still fail to realize that the Spurs are DEEP. Durant will not play nearly as many minutes against a tough time like Lebron and Westbrook will be shown up by Tony Parker again.

    I have been a fan since the David Robinson days, when I was a kid, and I am happy to know that without a doubt Duncan will get another ring.

  • TatiG

    @David Spurs haven’t faced any competition in these playoffs. Kevin Durant looks like a man on mission. Either way, it will be some series.

  • Christian

    @msupdate There is no Jersey Shore this summer since they didn’t film a spring season like the past couple years. They film season 6 this summer, presumably to air in the winter. Their hopes now lie with Snooki and J-woww and that their spin-off doesn’t crash and burn like Pauly D’s. It’ll also be interesting to see if Teen Wolf and Awkward can grow in their sophomore seasons.

  • Mike

    Wow, MMA Uncensored doesn’t even land in the top 100. They gotta get new hosts because they’re turning most fans off.

  • Jason

    Go TNA Impact, best show on thursdays…

  • David

    @TatiG you’re right, but the Spurs have already beat OKC many times before and KD was limited in the last series because he had to drive to the hoop more instead of making mostly jumpers. The Spurs will limit him even more and Harden won’t be able to drive to the hoop like he has been allowed to do. Plus, the Spurs have too much experience and are just so solid right not that I feel no team can touch them. I maybe wrong, but I haven’t been this sure about a team winning since the Celtics first formed their little dream team with RA, RR, KG, and PP.

  • SarahL

    @TatiG

    You are probably right about the anti-LeBron crowd. I am looking forward to the finals. I will be rooting for the Heat, of course.

  • A-Bomb

    Pacers/Heat put up some monster numbers and these Eastern Conference Finals might be slightly off from the Bulls/Heat last year which was averaging 11-13 million viewers but still very high especially if the Celtics make it.

    TBS seems to be back on track like somebody said before. Men at Work is the perfect fit with BBT and its off to a great start. They should pickup Super Fun Night too and they’ll really be cooking.

    TBS vs. TV Land in the comedy scene for cable.

  • A-Bomb

    @ Jason: You got that right and starting next week starts a new era for TNA on their road to competing against the WWE as their episodes are taped live now which should start bringing the numbers up since people can’t read spoilers anymore. It also starts at 8pm now too.

    @ Mike: I actually like MMA Uncensored and from I heard it does well for them. If not it’d be off the air by now.

  • tatiG

    @A-Bomb Bulls/Heat was a conference Final as opposed to Pacers/Heat which is a conference semi-final.

  • Daw Johnson

    @A-Bomb…time and time again, we’re seeing that the negative impact of “spoilers” on ratings is a drop in the bucket. Look at The Ultimate Fighter. Live season, promoted on the basis that there wouldn’t be any spoilers, and the show is doing record low ratings.

    SyFy’s live Tuesday SmackDown! specials have dropped to the point of doing worse than the taped FRIDAY episodes.

    Not saying TNA can’t improve, because it can, but the live thing does not at all guarantee a “new era.” Let alone the nonsense of competing with WWE.

    —-

    Solid numbers for Men at Work, although in truth, I don’t know that there was a show in the history of television promoted as heavily as that one. There had to be at least one ad during every commercial break during every show on TBS for 3 months.

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