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Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush: The Jungle' Wins Night, 'WWE Smackdown', 'For Better or Worse', 'Beyond Scared Straight', 'House of Payne, 'Lost Girl' & More

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August 20th, 2012

The special Gold Rush: The Jungle at 9PM was Friday's highest rated cable program with a 1.1 adults 18-49 ratingGold Rush: The Jungle After Show was the second highest rated cable original with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Update: Not in the post below, but the second season premiere of Boss on Starz drew just 317,000 average viewers at 9pm, less than half the 659,000 that watched the first season premiere in October, 2011. The weekend total viewership for Boss was 950,000 down from 1.1 million for the first season premiere.

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 your favorite shows.

Friday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
Gold Rush: THE JUNGLE DISC 9:00 PM 2663 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2546 1.0
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2503 1.0
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2171 0.9
Gold Rush: THE JUNGLE DISC 10:05 PM 2030 0.8
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 12:00 AM 1664 0.7
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2612 0.7
FRIENDS NAN 12:07 AM 1516 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 3:00 AM 1379 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1374 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:00 PM 1332 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1682 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 2900 0.6
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1280 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 1414 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1524 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 9:30 AM 2785 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 1830 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1457 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 1854 0.5
Beyond Scared Straight AEN 10:00 PM 1218 0.5
Shake It Up DSNY 8:00 PM 4535 0.5
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 12:15 AM 1121 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 2590 0.5
Beyond Scared Straight AEN 11:01 PM 1241 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 9:00 AM 2451 0.5
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1177 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1353 0.5
SHARK TALE TOON 7:00 PM 2384 0.5
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 3:30 AM 1088 0.5
For Better Or Worse TBSC 9:30 PM 1255 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1756 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 5:30 AM 876 0.5
GOLD RUSH: THE JUNGLE DISC 11:00 PM 1152 0.5
For Better Or Worse TBSC 9:00 PM 1180 0.5
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1026 0.5
Say Yes to the Dress:THE TLC 10:00 PM 1418 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 8:30 AM 2050 0.4
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1066 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1342 0.4
Hardcore History HIST 11:01 PM 1464 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 1:12 AM 1069 0.4
GRAVITY FALLS DSNY 9:30 PM 3869 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 5:30 PM 2462 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress TLC 11:00 PM 1123 0.4
Hardcore History HIST 11:31 PM 1477 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1202 0.4
FX MOVIE LATE FX 12:00 AM 908 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress TLC 9:30 PM 1455 0.4
Beyond Scared Straight AEN 12:01 AM 918 0.4
Beyond Scared Straight AEN 9:00 PM 1018 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1405 0.4
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1463 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1376 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1349 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 903 0.4
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 9:00 PM 863 0.4
LOST GIRL SYFY 10:00 PM 1209 0.4
GOLD RUSH: THE JUNGLE DISC 12:05 AM 960 0.4
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 8:30 PM 934 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 898 0.4
Beyond Scared Straight AEN 8:00 PM 978 0.4
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 10:00 PM 859 0.4
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST 8:00 PM 1418 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1290 0.4
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 11:00 PM 974 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1332 0.4
COWBOYS & ALIENS MAXP 8:00 PM 1187 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:00 PM 955 0.4
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 9:00 AM 2196 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:30 PM 1046 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 832 0.4
SP EXTREME HOMES HGTV 12:00 AM 946 0.4
Real Time with Bill Maher HBOM 10:01 PM 1268 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress TLC 9:00 PM 1288 0.4
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1043 0.3
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:25 AM 2102 0.3
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 9:30 AM 2051 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 5:00 PM 801 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 982 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:30 AM 862 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:30 PM 1074 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1210 0.3
GOLD RUSH DISC 8:00 PM 988 0.3
CHARMED TNT 9:00 AM 636 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 6:30 PM 785 0.3
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 749 0.3
3 DAYS TO OPEN FOOD 10:00 PM 884 0.3
DEAD FILES TRAV 10:00 PM 723 0.3
Supernatural TNT 11:00 AM 601 0.3
Say Yes to the Dress:THE TLC 12:00 AM 1013 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 851 0.3
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 8:00 PM 787 0.3
3 DAYS TO OPEN FOOD 1:00 AM 668 0.3
SP EXTREME HOMES HGTV 9:00 PM 1102 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 11:30 PM 755 0.3
SAY YES TO THE DRESS TLC 11:30 PM 1029 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 881 0.3
LAW & ORDER TNT 7:00 PM 1163 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:00 PM 923 0.3

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Check out past daily cable ratings posts here.

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

 
  • Colin

    Boss?

  • Luis

    Boss ratings?

  • Matthew Dunn

    Strike Back ratings?

  • Kissan

    Shake It Up was a BEAST on Friday!!!!

  • Nathan (NR2012) on iPhone

    Shake it up only got 4.5 million. I believe high school musical 2 premiered that night and got 17 million, and a few years later phineas and ferb Aired something which got 10 million… Shake it up wasn’t so lucky! ????

  • Nathan (NR2012) on iPhone

    Excuse my excessive question marks..

  • Twist Of Fate

    Ouch for Shake It Up, season finale AND it’s first 1 hour special and it couldn’t pull in 5 million viewers, seriously.

  • Jared

    Shake it Up didn’t do nearly as good as I would have thought..especially considering the amount of promotion it had months in advance.

  • Twist Of Fate

    @Nathan, did you hear about Nickelodeon’s new programming block You Gotta See Saturdays coming this fall.

  • Jon23812

    I expected higher for Shake it Up.

    @Nathan, Phineas & Ferb premiered after High School Musical.

  • Nathan (NR2012) on iPhone

    @Jon Oh.

    @Twist Yes. I actually saw the promo during the 1 hour special “How to Rock: Cee lo”. I’m glad nickelodeon is deciding to step up with their programming, and promotion this fall.

  • Hello

    Honestly, Shake It Up disappointed me. The writing for the “movie” felt choppy, and amateurish. I hope Disney isn’t banking on it to be the flagship.

    On another note, Gravity Falls looks promising. It has such wide appeal.

  • Hello

    Oh, and good for Charmed. I loved that show.

  • Samuray

    Boss: 317,000 viewers. Well, that’s that. Terribly sad to see another great ahow crash. :(

    Plus encores, it reached 509,000 on Friday, over the course of the weekend it went up to 915,000. But we’re looking at the initial ratings, I guess, and those are horrible. I can already hear Chris Albrecht load his cancelation gun.

    Man…..this sucks so hard. Awesome show.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Boss ratings?”

    Way too small to be in the top 100, but just added to the post.

  • I luv nickelodeon

    I knew shake it up wasn’t gonna get more than 5 million.! It still did good though, but it was the season finale and it was an hour and 30 minutes I think. O well. Good for gravity falls.!(:
    I hope How to Rock Cee Lo did as good as shake it up cuz it was a really good ep.! The best so far. I love all the songs even though 2 of them were covers.! How to Rock always pulls off good and catchy music on the show. I think the show has what it takes to be a big hit like victorious and icarly. I just wish nickelodeon would promote the show a lot better and air it more often.! Anyways go Nick and Disney.! :D

  • I luv nickelodeon

    O and go Cartoon Network.! Nice numbers for shark tale.!!(:

  • Twist Of Fate

    @Nathan Well, the final episodes of Victorious have been confirmed by Ariana Granade’s mother to start next month. And they have confirmed to be alongside the Gotta See Saturdays block. Which confirms Gotta See Saturdays will start next month.

  • Nickelodeon Rocks

    I thought Shake It Up would get over 5 million, but it still did well anyways, hope HTR did well considering Nickelodeon actually promoted it. Great numbers for Gravity Falls, love that show :D

  • Kissan

    @Nathan

    That was because High School Musical 2 was highy anticipated after a very good first movie. Phineas & Ferb aired right after it. Shake It Up isn’t anticipated as much High School Musical 2.

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