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Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Hatfields & McCoys' Wins Night, NBA Playoffs, 'Hardcore History', 'Restaurant Impossible', 'Melissa & Joey' 'Daily Show' & More

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May 31st, 2012

The finale of the  Hatfields & McCoys miniseries was the number one program of the night with a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating, up from a 3.7 for part two on Tuesday night. The NBA Playoffs came in second with a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Update: One or more commenters asked about Hot In Cleveland which at 10pm drew a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating and 1.194 million viewers, and Happily Divorced at 10:30pm had a 0.2 rating and 986,000 viewers.

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 Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST 9:00 PM 14287 4.0
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS  L ESPN 8:33 PM 8809 3.9
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:48 PM 3201 1.6
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST 8:00 PM 5338 1.4
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2978 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 3012 1.2
NBA DRAFT LOTTERY       L ESPN 7:55 PM 2950 1.2
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST 7:00 PM 3203 1.0
Hardcore History HIST 11:00 PM 3035 1.0
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2250 0.9
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 2309 0.9
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2182 0.8
SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 1:00 AM 1451 0.8
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1800 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1739 0.7
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 10:00 PM 1946 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1603 0.7
MELISSA & JOEY FAM 8:30 PM 1252 0.7
MELISSA & JOEY FAM 8:00 PM 1208 0.7
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 1665 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1753 0.6
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST 12:00 AM 1916 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 9:00 PM 1324 0.6
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:30 AM 1428 0.6
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2600 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 2:00 AM 1114 0.6
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2963 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1250 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1544 0.5
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST 1:00 AM 1631 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1153 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 8:00 PM 1388 0.5
Colbert Report CMDY 11:32 PM 1181 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:01 PM 1111 0.5
USA SOCCER MEN          L ESPN2 7:51 PM 1128 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:30 PM 1391 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 8:00 PM 1063 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 4:00 PM 1730 0.5
Auction Hunters SPIKE 9:00 PM 1523 0.5
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND DSNY 9:55 AM 1885 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1378 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2870 0.5
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST 5:00 PM 1542 0.5
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 1985 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 4:30 PM 1659 0.5
EVERYDAY HISTORY HIST 3:30 PM 1723 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 1057 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1828 0.5
NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 7:00 PM 1014 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1640 0.5
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:31 PM 1028 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 926 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1644 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2066 0.4
EVERYDAY HISTORY HIST 2:30 PM 1440 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1083 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:30 AM 1684 0.4
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:25 AM 1685 0.4
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 9:00 PM 1202 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2775 0.4
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 10:00 AM 1691 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:00 PM 1120 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:30 PM 1102 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 1022 0.4
EVERYDAY HISTORY HIST 3:00 PM 1522 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 2:30 PM 1895 0.4
Auction Hunters SPIKE 9:31 PM 1328 0.4
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 8:00 PM 1052 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 711 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:00 AM 1672 0.4
FOOD NETWORK STAR 90 FOOD 11:00 PM 952 0.4
TOTAL BLACKOUT SYFY 10:00 PM 1009 0.4
I ALMOST GOT AWAY WITH IT ID 12:00 AM 836 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:00 PM 911 0.4
CHOO CHOO SOUL DSNY 8:55 AM 1754 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:00 PM 1120 0.4
EVERYDAY HISTORY HIST 1:30 PM 1179 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 8:00 PM 1386 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 944 0.4
AROUND WORLD IN 80 PLATES BRVO 10:00 PM 785 0.4
EVERYDAY HISTORY HIST 1:00 PM 1074 0.4
EVERYDAY HISTORY HIST 2:00 PM 1267 0.4
FBI: CRIMINAL PURSUIT ID 1:00 AM 869 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 959 0.4
TODDLERS & TIARAS TLC 10:00 PM 1174 0.4
LAW & ORDER TNT 10:00 PM 1277 0.4
Supernatural TNT 11:00 AM 704 0.3
48 HOURS ON ID ID 2:00 AM 766 0.3
LAW & ORDER:CRIM INTENT USA 6:00 AM 933 0.3
LAW & ORDER:CRIM INTENT USA 7:00 AM 907 0.3
AMERICAN DIGGER SPIKE 10:00 PM 1029 0.3
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 689 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 11:00 PM 1105 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 7:30 PM 1016 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2867 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 9:00 PM 1203 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 5:00 PM 1140 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 4:00 PM 1072 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 6:00 PM 1067 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 PM 1035 0.3

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

 
  • Kenny

    Is that right 785,000 for Around the World in 80 Plates? WOW…That`s BRUTAL!! But Curtis Stone is a show killer!!

  • ABCFamilyFan

    Those are good numbers for Melissa and Joey’s return. Even though they are similar to Secret Life’s numbers, you have to remember they are facing less competition. Secret Life’s day and time is against tougher competition. Melissa and Joey doesn’t have much competition. As much as I enjoy Melissa and Joey, I predict their numbers will drop next week.

  • The End

    @Jay

    I’m expecting Walking Dead Season 3 to break the 10 million mark at some point too.

  • Rahm

    Season 2 for M&J is doing well this season as it looks like the audience has finally grown for it.

  • Jordan

    America’s Best Dance Crew – MTV
    1.046 million viewers, #10; 0.532 million adults 18-49 (0.4 rating), #8

  • torrid

    @Slappy – no, I avoid Twitter – and niche sport is exactly what the NHL is, unfortunately for them though that niche is likely to shrink not expand in the future. World trends and demographics are against the NHL and they know it.

  • Luke

    This just goes to show that if you have something that people want to watch, they will watch it. Don’t blame it on longer day light or spring or summer time.

  • Jon

    What made hatfields & Mccoys so enjoyable was how limited it was.
    And compared to what the basic tv churns out these days it was down right brilliant, solid writing and acting.
    But Hatfields and Mccoys would have failed on the major channels because they would have tried to turn it into a 4 season, slow moving crap shoot story arc.

    Bottom line: TV needs more ‘limited runs’ like the Hatfields & Mccoys

  • TimsDale4ever

    @Jon Great comment. And to answer your earlier question: Yes, there will be Westerns now on ALL the channels — EVERYWHERE! Brace yourself. Just like the success of A Idol — now there are singing/competition shows all over the place.

  • panda22

    Go M&J!!….very solid opening numbers, hope it holds. I suspect Baby Daddy will crash and burn!!

  • BJH

    I’m not surprised Hot in Cleveland/Happily Divorced are failing. TVLand keeps taking took them off for a week in April and they crashed upon return. Now, after a week off, they crashed again. They should run each series straight through to maximize viewership and demos. With Happily Divorced not clearing 1m viewers in over a month, I’m worried for The Exes. It, too, barely cleared the 1m mark often. How low will TVLand let these comedies go?

  • david

    I really enjoyed Mellissa and Joey. I think they are going to get enough episodes for sindication and sell the show in to sindication. I know they did promote the show on the channel so i dont know why people said it was not really promoted because i saw adds for it all the time the past few weeks.

  • NadineSH

    @Slappy: it might be a niche sport where you live, in Alabama or California or New Mexico or something, but it’s a very big deal in the Northeast and the northern midwest. I

  • @scl2

    Not bad for Melissa & Joey

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