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Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs, + 'SportsCenter', 'WWE Friday Night SmackDown', 'Common Law', 'Fairly Legal', 'House of Payne' & More

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June 4th, 2012

 

ESPN's NBA Playoff coverage was the highest rated programming on cable, earning an 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. SportsCenter at 11:21 and 12:20 came in second and third place, earning a 1.8 and 0.9 respectively.

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 Ultimate Fighter Live.

Friday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS  L ESPN 8:34 PM 7.593 3.2
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:21 PM 3.76 1.8
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.446 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.357 0.9
SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:20 AM 1.706 0.9
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.86 0.8
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2.557 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.72 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1.847 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.658 0.7
NBA PRE-GAME    L ESPN 7:30 PM 1.51 0.7
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1.488 0.6
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:30 AM 1.539 0.6
COMMON LAW USA 10:00 PM 2.292 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:20 AM 1.043 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.334 0.6
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:45 AM 1.407 0.6
Fairly Legal USA 9:00 PM 2.515 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 3:00 AM 1.319 0.6
ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE FX 9:00 PM 1.018 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 7:30 PM 1.759 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 7:00 PM 1.321 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 12:01 AM 1.402 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:30 PM 1.604 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:33 AM 1.152 0.5
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 10:00 PM 1.445 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 11:31 PM 1.469 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 7:00 PM 1.56 0.5
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L ESPN 2:20 AM 0.898 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 12:31 AM 1.322 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:30 PM 1.309 0.5
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 1:00 AM 1.159 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.181 0.5
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.209 0.5
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 1:07 AM 1 0.5
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:00 PM 1.157 0.5
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 9:00 PM 1.049 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 6:30 PM 1.301 0.5
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1.194 0.5
INSANE OR INSPIRED SYFY 10:00 PM 1.359 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 10:30 PM 1.315 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 11:01 PM 1.297 0.5
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 10:00 AM 2.068 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:05 AM 1.164 0.5
Robot Chicken ADSM 3:30 AM 1.112 0.5
DANIEL TOSH: COMPLETELY S CMDY 9:59 PM 0.758 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 10:00 PM 1.466 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 3:00 PM 2.261 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.493 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 1.219 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:30 PM 1.28 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1.338 0.4
WHALE WARS APL 9:00 PM 1.144 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1.877 0.4
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND DSNY 9:55 AM 1.861 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1.517 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:30 PM 1.461 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 1.091 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1.124 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 2:30 PM 2.104 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:01 AM 1.124 0.4
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 1:15 AM 1.01 0.4
SMALL POTATOES DSNY 10:25 AM 1.862 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.263 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1.255 0.4
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 1:00 AM 0.915 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1.124 0.4
MICKEYS ADV IN WONDERLAND DSNY 9:00 AM 1.768 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 9:00 PM 1.439 0.4
SP COOL POOLS HGTV 9:00 PM 1.101 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:31 AM 1.062 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:00 PM 1.136 0.4
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:30 PM 1.048 0.4
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND P DSNY 10:30 AM 1.676 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 6:30 PM 0.999 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 6:00 PM 1.043 0.4
Fairly Legal USA 12:00 AM 1.113 0.4
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 9:00 PM 0.943 0.4
Suits USA 11:00 PM 1.224 0.4
COMMON LAW USA 1:00 AM 1.073 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 0.91 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.299 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:30 AM 0.86 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress: BRI TLC 9:30 PM 1.316 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 0.968 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 0.825 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 0.878 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:00 PM 1.101 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 4:30 PM 0.773 0.3
WHALE WARS: BATTLE SCARS APL 8:00 PM 0.711 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 5:00 PM 0.828 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 0.847 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.579 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:00 PM 1.265 0.3
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1.334 0.3
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1.177 0.3
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 8:00 PM 0.927 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS ON VACATION HGTV 8:30 PM 0.879 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 PM 0.927 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1.159 0.3

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

 
  • Epicfail037

    Wow, ANT Farm had a back-to-back season premiere that day (8-9 PM), and neither one made the list. Ouch.

  • RHONJd

    Hi, Seidman or Bill, do you have the ratings for the back to back premiere episodes of A.N.T. Farm, which had 2 new episodes at 8pm and 8:30 pm. It aired on DSNY. Thank you

  • TatiG

    So, people tuned off Friday game, but they came back big on Sunday night?

  • JR

    @Tati It was a Friday people go out and watch games in bars or in large groups. But still not bad for a blowout. Sunday’s game was great though

  • David

    The Celtics dominated the majority of that game so I am surprised it is that high.

  • Nickelodeon Rocks 2012

    Wrong choice for Disney to move A.N.T. to 8. Its that type of show that needs a lead in. Disney has a Horrible Summer Friday night schedule.If I was at Disney, I would do something like this:

    8:00 – Shake It Up
    8:30 – ANT Farm
    9:00 – Jessie
    9:30 – Phineas//Gravity Falls
    9:45 – Fish Hooks

  • Kaylie

    Hey. Does anyone know the numbers for the back to back Ant Farm? Disney switched the times of Ant Farm and Jessie. Jessie now comes on at 8:30 p.m.

  • Jenna

    So happy to see Fairly Legal was up again this week!! :)

  • Trevor

    Many Disney shows don’t make this initial list – don’t they post that it’s the top 100 Cable shows in the 25-54 demo? That demo obviously is not Disney.

  • Kaylie

    @Nickelodeon Rocks…. Disney cant move Shake it Up to 8:00 for the summer because Shake it Up is not airing any episodes this summer. Theyre only airing that one 2 hour special. They would probably wait until fall. I agree with Ant Farm needing a lead in but it has really good retention and has been growing over its lead in for the past year. So, if Disney promotes it well it could do really well at 8:00.

  • CharlieSheen

    That Heat/Celtics series is gonna have some monstrous numbers the rest of the way.

    WWE seriously needs a reboot like people have been talking about as Sheamus as the champion is really failing that program badly right now. They need a credible champion to lead that program.

  • Trevor

    See, those viewer numbers are HUGE for Disney’s ANT Farm. And let’s be honest, not many kids are like – “gotta hurry home to make Ant Farm at 8″ – it’s not 1972. Kids either DVR it or will watch it on repeats or on Hulu on their phone.

  • Epicfail037

    Not to mention without exact numbers, either.

    But @thefutoncritic should most likely have them up by tonight.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    via @TVBill:

    ANT FARM 8pm = 2.776m and a 0.4 A18-49 rtg
    ANT FARM 8:30= 2.947m and a 0.3 A18-49 rtg

  • Epicfail037

    I wasn’t expecting them to be that high, but I thought that for season premieres they’d hit at least three million :/

  • Epicfail037

    In the midst of all this, I forgot-there was a new Phineas and Ferb that aired at 9 PM following the second ANT Farm episode. (Though I don’t think I want to know how that did after seeing that.)

  • SC8Official

    @Amanda Kondolojy Did Sportcenter L. got 376,000 viewers or 3,760,000 viewers?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @SC8: 3,760,000

  • Poweranimals

    Does anyone know what Phineas & Ferb and Fish Hooks got?

  • Trevor

    so, with the correct numbers ANT Farm got around 2.8 and 2.9 million viewers respectively. Aside from the NBA playoff game, I believe they were still the highest rated show in their time slots. I’d be curious to see how Phineas did as well.

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