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Friday Cable Ratings: 'For Better or Worse' Premiere + 'Friday Night Smackdown', 'Common Law', 'Hardcore History', 'American Pickers' & More

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July 16th, 2012


The premiere of For Better Or Worse was Friday's highest rated cable original earning a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Friday Night Smackdown came in second with a 0.8 adults 18-49 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 Friday's  episode of Jesse

Friday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.685 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.648 1.0
For Better Or Worse TBSC 9:30 PM 2.250 0.9
For Better Or Worse TBSC 9:00 PM 2.097 0.9
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.294 0.9
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.933 0.8
Family Guy ADSM 3:00 AM 1.728 0.8
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2.501 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:00 PM 2.678 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.671 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 3:30 AM 1.472 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.539 0.7
For Better Or Worse TBSC 8:30 PM 1.668 0.7
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.496 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.894 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 3:45 AM 1.362 0.7
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1.433 0.7
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:30 AM 1.376 0.7
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:25 AM 2.715 0.6
FOR BETTER OR WORSE TBSC 8:00 PM 1.541 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1.790 0.6
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 9:30 AM 2.775 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2.120 0.6
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:00 AM 2.711 0.6
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:00 PM 1.231 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 1.763 0.6
COMMON LAW USA 10:00 PM 2.072 0.6
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:45 AM 1.246 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1.916 0.6
NEVER LAND PIRATE BAND DSNY 9:55 AM 2.648 0.6
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 1:00 AM 1.185 0.6
Phineas and Ferb MOVIE DSNY 11:00 AM 3.518 0.6
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 5:30 AM 1.157 0.5
FOR BETTER OR WORSE TBSC 7:30 PM 1.258 0.5
DISNEY HAVE-A-LAUGH SHORT DSNY 10:25 AM 2.775 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.570 0.5
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1.760 0.5
LUCY:DAUGHTER OF DEVIL ADSM 1:15 AM 1.123 0.5
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 10:00 AM 2.733 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 5:00 AM 1.076 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.441 0.5
BAMBI DSNY 7:45 AM 2.404 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1.388 0.5
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 2.026 0.5
American Pickers HIST 12:01 AM 1.504 0.5
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 10:30 AM 2.861 0.5
FOR BETTER OR WORSE TBSC 7:00 PM 1.193 0.5
GRAVITY FALLS DSNY 9:30 PM 3.552 0.5
JESSIE DSNY 8:30 PM 3.674 0.5
Say Yes to the Dress TLC 9:00 PM 1.327 0.5
Say Yes to the Dress TLC 9:30 PM 1.401 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.924 0.5
DOC MCSTUFFINS SHORTS DSNY 7:30 AM 2.058 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 10:00 PM 1.103 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1.244 0.4
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.116 0.4
A.N.T. FARM - LN DSNY 12:00 AM 2.384 0.4
WHALE WARS APL 9:00 PM 1.017 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1.238 0.4
Parking Wars AEN 10:00 PM 0.976 0.4
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1.991 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1.146 0.4
S PHINEAS & FERB DSNY 6:00 PM 2.289 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:30 PM 1.011 0.4
American Pickers HIST 2:01 AM 0.973 0.4
Fish Hooks DSNY 9:00 PM 3.366 0.4
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 10:00 PM 1.015 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.463 0.4
FOR BETTER OR WORSE TBSC 6:30 PM 1.011 0.4
Parking Wars AEN 10:30 PM 0.942 0.4
Flying Wild Alaska DISC 10:00 PM 1.124 0.4
American Pickers HIST 1:01 AM 1.147 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 0.924 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.380 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1.022 0.4
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 9:00 PM 0.943 0.4
A.N.T.  FARM DSNY 8:00 PM 2.960 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:30 PM 1.078 0.4
TRON: UPRISING DSNY 10:00 PM 2.183 0.4
RANDY TO THE RESCUE TLC 10:00 PM 1.313 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 0.890 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.661 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 0.881 0.4
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 8:00 PM 0.901 0.3
AMERICAS Most Wanted LIF 9:00 PM 0.924 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:30 AM 0.827 0.3
Parking Wars AEN 11:31 PM 0.732 0.3
CAJUN JUSTICE AEN 4:30 PM 0.981 0.3
TWISTED ID 2:00 AM 0.796 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:00 PM 1.129 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 1.457 0.3
EVIL, I ID 1:30 AM 0.750 0.3
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TBSC 3:30 PM 0.905 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 1:30 AM 0.692 0.3
COMMON LAW USA 1:01 AM 0.871 0.3
MYSTERY DINERS FOOD 1:00 AM 0.689 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 2:00 AM 0.663 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1.017 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:00 PM 0.958 0.3
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 1.547 0.2

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

 
  • Steve-A

    The war of the kids networks is getting old. Actually it’s been old from day one. And are either one actually ad-supported? So why do ratings matter anyway?

  • Columbo

    Damn, what movie did FX show at 10 pm to get that kind of ratings?

    Those pathetic UFC fangirls made the Friday night excuse as to why The Ultimate Fighter was a failure in the ratings.

  • Jon23812

    @Steve-A, What war? It’s only, Disney rocks that’s doing it, so it’s not really a way. Also Disney Channel may not be ad supported, but why would they spend money on a show if no one watched it?

  • Kaylie

    Go Disney!!! But I dont understand why Disney would put ANT Farm’s new episode online before it airs knowing its expected to anchor their Friday night and that won’t bring in a good lead in. The decisions Disney Channel makes sometimes have me really wondering if they have a brain or not.

    But anyways the CW must envy that Disneys childrens skewed shows get higher ratings in repeats any time of the day than their originals. Its sad for the CW. {excluding Vampire Diaries.}

  • elliotness

    AdultSwim>Disney and Nick put together Haha

  • Bunny

    First victim from the war between Directv vs Viocom…..

    Nickelodeon ratings tumble from loss of carriage on DirecTV

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-nickratings-20120716,0,1495882.story

  • david

    For Better or Worse did good in its return. I watched one of the episodes. It did good with the marathon leading up to the new episodes as well. I was hoping it would get a 1.0 but a .9 is good too. Now it will be paired with the last few episodes of House of Pain.

  • Alex

    Is the CW basically just a tax write off for CBS and WB? They really could do better just referring to themselves as a kids network like TeenNick, especially given their shows, and especially since that’s one of the few networks I can see paying out to syndicate their shows

  • disney rocks

    I’m sorry for getting out of hand, I think that, even though I do think Disney is a better network than Nick, that we need to stop this argument and acknowledge that both Disney and Nick have good-rated shows.

  • iggy.

    There’s nothing on a Friday night at 5am except Sportcenter and King of the Hill.

    Damn, what movie did FX show at 10 pm to get that kind of ratings?

    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

  • RHONJd

    Good News for ANT Farm: It’s two August episodes (10th & 24th) will have My Babysitters a Vampire as a lead in.

  • Hillbilly

    Watch XII 9pm EST on Reelz. Common Law falling like a rock on its own (no lead in or lead out) will be cancelled/not renewed for 2012 (Fall) or for 2013.

  • Nick

    Does anybody have the ratings for Thirteen at 9 pm on ReelzChannel? Thanks in advance.

  • hi

    lol viacom shouldn’t have been so stupid to take their channels off.

    and why is my ip banned… i have to change ips to post now and its getting annoying…

  • juan

    I really hate that Common Law is all there by themselves, I would have put something with it or at least move it, how about pairing Political animals and this, they might not be too similar but at least they would be fending by themselves in sunday and friday. Also good for disney

  • melvin

    @Nathan (NR2012) @RHONJd
    big time rush
    Monday, July 2, 2012: 1.7 HH, 2.831 million viewers
    Tuesday, July 3, 2012: 1.5 HH, 2.280 million viewers
    Wednesday, July 4, 2012: 1.1 HH, 1.576 million viewers
    Thursday, July 5, 2012: 1.5 HH, 2.568 million viewers
    Friday, July 6, 2012 (repeat): 1.2 HH, 2.033 million viewers

  • CM

    Great numbers for Disney! Did anyone else notice that a midnight replay of ANT Farm had almost 2.4 million viewers? That’s insane!

  • Melvin

    Lab rats should just move to Disney channel, it will make more views and it deserves more for Disney channel that Disney xd

  • Jon23812

    Disney wants to keep Disney Channel for girls and Disney XD for boys which is dumb. There’s like 15 shows, they can put them on one channel and make Disney XD, Toon Disney again.

  • Kaylie

    @Jon23812. There’s no where to put them unless you’re insisting putting them on weekday schedules which may work.

    @RHONjd. ANT Farm is leading in MBAV. They need a Shake it Up lead in.

    I would like to see a network similar to Boomerang where they air old Disney shows and classic cartoons.

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