Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Teen Mom' Wins Night, + 'Rizzoli & Isles', 'Storage Wars', 'Hardcore Pawn', 'Counting Cars', 'How Jaws Changed the World' & More

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August 15th, 2012


Teen Mom was Tuesday's top cable original, earning a 1.6 18-49 rating. The season finale of Rizzoli & Isles came in second place, earning a 1.3 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 was not 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 Tuesday night's episode of your favorite shows.

Selected Tuesday cable ratings: (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Teen Mom SSN 4 MTV 10:00 PM 2.632 1.6
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 3.133 1.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 9:00 PM 6.038 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 3.111 1.3
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 3.387 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 2.851 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2.941 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.705 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.68 1.0
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:00 PM 2.633 1.0
COUNTING CARS HIST 10:30 PM 2.588 1.0
Pretty Little Liars FAM 8:00 PM 2.265 0.9
White Collar USA 9:00 PM 2.929 0.9
Covert Affairs USA 10:01 PM 3.254 0.9
Shipping Wars AEN 9:30 PM 1.97 0.9
FRANKLIN & BASH TNT 10:00 PM 2.824 0.9
Dance Moms LIF 9:00 PM 2.081 0.9
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1.971 0.8
Top Gear HIST 9:00 PM 1.7 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.183 0.8
ADRIFT: 47 DAYS WITH SHAR DISC 10:01 PM 1.525 0.8
COUNTING CARS HIST 10:00 PM 2.124 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.869 0.8
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1.774 0.8
Hardcore History HIST 11:31 PM 1.838 0.8
Teen Mom SSN 4 MTV 11:03 PM 1.347 0.7
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:30 PM 2.323 0.7
JAWS COMES HOME DISC 8:00 PM 1.476 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 10:30 PM 2.181 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.853 0.7
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 2.034 0.7
Shipping Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1.529 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.612 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1.944 0.7
Pawn Stars HIST 12:01 AM 1.709 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1.742 0.6
Chopped FOOD 10:00 PM 1.666 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1.652 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.494 0.6
TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 1.074 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:00 PM 1.964 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 1.499 0.6
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.292 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 7:00 PM 1.573 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 11:31 PM 1.522 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 12:31 AM 1.546 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:30 PM 1.582 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1.486 0.6
HARD KNOCKS 12-MIAMI 2 HBOM 10:00 PM 0.984 0.5
PAWN STARS HIST 8:00 PM 1.757 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:02 AM 1.265 0.5
BURN, THE CMDY 10:30 PM 0.926 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.366 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1.449 0.5
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1.217 0.5
WEEK THE WOMEN WENT LIF 10:00 PM 1.166 0.5
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 11:00 PM 1.759 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:01 AM 1.395 0.5
PAWN STARS HIST 7:30 PM 1.605 0.5
TOSH.O CMDY 9:27 PM 1.046 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 1:00 AM 1.142 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 2.757 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 1.312 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 2.798 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:00 PM 1.321 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.241 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.389 0.5
PAWN STARS HIST 6:30 PM 1.263 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2.461 0.4
Destination Truth SYFY 9:00 PM 1.146 0.4
Mythbusters DISC 7:00 PM 0.982 0.4
Chopped FOOD 11:00 PM 1.133 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:30 PM 1.237 0.4
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 12:30 AM 0.963 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TVL 11:30 PM 1.046 0.4
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 0.849 0.4
PAWN STARS HIST 6:00 PM 1.162 0.4
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 8:30 PM 1.361 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.448 0.4
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.496 0.4
Top Gear HIST 1:01 AM 0.973 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:00 AM 1.023 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TVL 11:00 PM 0.978 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:00 PM 1.044 0.4
Shipping Wars AEN 1:01 AM 1.017 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 0.998 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:30 PM 0.933 0.3

To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

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

  • Kaylie

    ABC Familys top show is Pretty Little Liars.
    Decent rated show is Switched at Birth.
    Confusingly on & offly rated show is The Lying Game.

    The CWs top show is Vampire Diaries.
    Decent rated show is Supernatural.
    Confusingly on & offly rated show is Hart of Dixie.

    Both networks need a hit. The CW runs throughtout the week, while ABC Family runs for 2 days during the year (not including Summer).

  • DM

    @ John A I have no idea what point you are trying to make. Secret Life is the longest running ABC Family show ever. It is the first show on the network to even get a 5th season and the first to hit 100 episodes. The ratings may suck right now but they are still better than Greek’s were in its final season. That says something.

    Obviously many shows do get past 5 seasons but that is neither here nor there.

  • Jared

    Its really hard to compare the CW and ABCF..both have had there fare share of hits and misses. I think the problem with ABCF is the fact that they wait so long in between seasons to air new episodes..although this theory doesn’t necessarily apply to PLL. As a fan of THE LYING GAME..waiting until January to air the 2nd season..in my opinion will hurt any momentum the series had. ABCF will need to promote this show like its brand new again to attract any new viewers.

  • a

    The problem is not the shows its the networks because they always cancel shows which turns people off. FYI GREEK almost was always under million viewers.

  • Ram510

    Clearly R&I and F&B don’t share much of an audience.

  • nikki

    if you look back at the lying games numbers for the first season they pulled 0.6 and 0.7 with a 0.8 and 0.9 thrown in for a few episodes. I would say the ratings aren’t bad. And switched pulled in really good numbers too, the hiatuses is the problem I agree there. But really comparing cw shows with of dixie is an awful show that pulls 0.5 and a few 0.6s and nakita pulls 0.4 most of the time then gets adjusted down. The only remotlygood shows on cw are supernatural and vd and I bet this year if they air the lying game when vd airs it will kick vds butt in ratings. Even shows that pulled good numbers on cw got cancelled example: lux, secret circle. Both good shows with decent numbers and they got canned.

  • John A

    Secret Circle had plenty of 0.5 with a 1.2 lead in with TVD. No way will The Lying Game beat TVD. That is crazy talk.

  • Jared

    As much as I would love for TLG to beat TVD…i wouldn’t hold my breathe..will they be airing against each other ?

  • Kissan

    First of all, I agree with all of you. Secret Life is on it’s 5th season, longest running ABC Family show and the first one to go over 100 episodes. Secret Life is falling and falling HARD but it’s in their 5th season so that’s an excuse. I think that Secret Life should have a final 13 episode 6th season before they go below a million viewers. And I think that Secret Life shouldn’t be with those flops on ABC Family. TLG, JBD and Bunheads are goin to bring down Secret Life even more. Imagine what these shows are gonna do in season 3. And I think PLL should just end already. I’m really tired of tryin to find out who the “A” team is. Even if the ratings are good, they should just end this show or get the “A” thing over with and move on to somethin new. Anyone else agree that the 4th season of PLL should be the final season?

    My dream schedule for ABC Family:


    8:00-Switched At Birth

    9:00-The Lying Game


    8:00-Pretty Little Liars

    9:00-Secret Life



    9:00-Melissa & Joey

    9:30-Baby Daddy

  • Colin

    Post The Glee Project ratings when you get them.

  • A

    I don’t think secret life needs another 13 episodes to give it a send off. I mean the whole plot of the show is discussing sex. Nothing ever happens just let them all get married and say goodbye.

  • rob60990

    So Secret Life is a flop because it didn’t last as long as some other dramas. Its amazing the garbage people will type.

  • Sid


    For once I actually agree with you. Secret Life was not a flop and just last Season(S4) it was getting higher ratings than PLL(S2).

    I think ABCF has too many hour long dramas and with them trying to fit all of them on Mondays and Tuesdays doesn’t work. The only show that ABCF airs regularly with minimal hiatuses is PLL.

    But otherwise, ABCF has literally ruined Secret Life’s, Switched at Birth and The Lying Games momentum. They took SAB off for so many months and they’re finally bringing it back next month. I’m not holding my breath but I’m certain the show will fall even further than last time.

    ABCF sucks at scheduling and that’s a fact.

  • Sid

    Forgot to add that they killed Make it or Break it the same way when they were pushing for The Lying Game launch.

    And now all their new shows are faltering so they’ve basically killed their strong veterans for freshman flops!

  • Brandy

    Nikki, I hink you need to check your facts about Lying Games ratings.First, VD gets a0.1 or higher in demo & over 2 million viewers and Lying Game has never come close to that and wont with the long hiatus and heavybroadcast network competition.Secondly, yes Switched and Secret Life had good ratings but they didnt help Lying Games ratings.Third, Lying Game never got a 0.8_0.9 ,it had mostly 0.5_0.6 &a few 0.4& a few 0.7s.its first season average was 0.5 1.38 million total viewers.Im gonna list season one ratings the first number is episode number,second is demo, third total viewers. 1.1 0.5 1.39 1.2 0.5 1.47 1.3 0.5 1.31 1.4 0.5 1.46 1.5 0.4 1.30 1.6 0.4 1.19 1.7 0.4 1.06 1.8 0.5 1.23 1.9 0.5 1.10 1.10 0.5 1.28 1.12 0.6 1.51 1.13 0.7 1.70 1.14 0.7 1.66 1.15 1.16 0.6 1.41 1.17 0.5 1.25 1.18 0.6 1.32 1.19 0.5 1.20 1.20 0.5 1.24

  • pll fan

    Secret Life really just started falling hard over the last few weeks. Since its return in March it has mainly held a 0.7 demo. In fact, it pulled quite a few 0.8, even as recent as June, before it appeared to be steady at 0.7. If I’m not mistaken, the week before the Olympics, it had 1.4 or 1.5 million viewers with a 0.7 demo. The ratings for the show have been very odd to predict since April. One week it would had 1.2 million viewers with a 0.5 demo, the next week it would have 1.7 million viewers with a 0.7 demo. I think the show has 1 or 2 episodes to go before it goes on another hiatus. Speaking of hiatus’, I definitely agree that the long breaks are what are really hurting the shows on the network. These 6-8 month breaks are ridiculous.

  • nikki

    Okay all of you need to look at my comment again I never said secret life was a flop show I said recently it had been. The last half of last season and this whole season has sucked. The show was a big hit and the longest running show on the network so far. I never said it was a flop show. And as far as the lying game ratings I will check them.. and get back to you but I’m almost positive it had 0.8 and 0.9. And that stuff about the secret circle the vampire diares lead in killed that show. If it would of been paired with a different show or another night it would of done just fine. You people only see what you want to see.

  • Zach

    The Lying Game never had a .8 or a .9. And it never will. I don’t know how
    Many episodes abc family ordered for season 2 but I imagine just 10. After that there will be no more because I bet it goes back to getting .4s. Also how could having the most watched show on the Cw as a lead in kill the secret circle? That makes no sense. The vampire diaries was probably propping up the secret circle which would have fallen hard any other night of the week. But comparing Abc family and the Cw is pointless. They are completely different.

  • cimmer

    White Collar I am proud of you, you’re doing well with some heavy competition. I see Covert Affairs is moving up too after a bit of a slow start this year.

  • pll fan

    I don’t ever remember The Lying Game getting a 0.8 or 0.9 demo. I do remember it getting a 0.7 2 or 3 times, but that’s it. It usually gets a 0.5 or 0.6 demo.

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