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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.

 
  • Twist Of Fate

    My schedule for the Gotta See Saturdays block:

    9:30- Spongebob
    10:00 – Tuff Puppy
    10:30 – Penguins Of Madagascar
    11:00 – TMNT
    11:30 – Kung Fu Panda

    7:30: Fred:The Show
    8.00 – Victorious
    8:30 – iCarly
    9:00 – How To Rock

  • One

    Anyone got info for the Strike Back premiere?…

  • Curtis

    Good job to Cartoon Network on Shark Tale.
    I really thought Shake It Up: Made in Japan would do better than 4.5 million. Maybe Disney is starting to lose its momentum…nah.

  • Kaylie

    Shake it Up did good. I thought it shouldve aired on its usual Sunday night, but it does have the potential to being the flagship show. But this is not the first 1 hour special. The other 1 hour special got 3.8 million viewers.

  • Future Failure

    WWE product is really bad right now! TNA is miles better than them at this point.

  • Future Failure

    Was this the first time ever that Shake It Up was the most watched show on cable for a night?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Anyone got info for the Strike Back premiere?…”

    Not available from our alternate source either.

  • Jon23812

    I think Good Luck Charlie is Disney Channel’s flagship show.

  • dan

    yeah i would like to know the strikeback numbers as well.

  • Hustle, Loyalty, & Respect

    Disney did a great job being patient with Shake it Up and letting it grow.

  • The End

    Strikeback is mostly funded by UK networks, so I think the performance on Nielsens system is a non issue personally.

  • Brock Lesnar

    Bella Thorne from Shake It Up is a seriously super hot red head teen.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The Strike Back premiere was excellent. Rhona Mitra was great – although the two sex scenes didn’t involve her, grrrr… :-) I’m sure she’ll be in some sooner or later, though.

    The military action was heavy duty – probably more squibs fired in this show than any other on TV! :-)

    Brock: Haven’t seen Thorne live yet in anything, but the pics I’ve seen I definitely agree!

  • disney rocks

    Shake It Up did decent; it wasn’t a DCOM; it over ally felt kind of awkward- Deuce didn’t come to Japan, so Why did Henry?; rapid scene shifts; random scenes; Gunther and Tinka were not even in the middle of the movie; Ty didn’t even have a plot or anything; All of Shake It Up:Chicago was there, so they should have shown at least one scene with other dancers who aren’t Cece, Rocky, Gunther, or Tinka. It was still okay, though.

    Go Gravity Falls!

  • poweranimals

    I would’ve thought “Made In Japan” would’ve done way better than that.

  • Nick

    Does anyone have the ratings for XIII on ReelzChannel? Thanks.

  • Rodrigo Gutierrez

    Boss :(
    such an under-rated show

  • Craig

    Boss… OUCH! Why oh why. Did no one know it was back on friday? Wow thats crazy low.

  • Melvin

    Tori goes platinum got 3.8 but when shake it up gets 4.5 it’s rubbish, people need to stop complaining it did well in my view obviously not as good high school musical 2, but let’s face it it was good. And not everything that is promoted who get views, it is what is popular more of the time, but if I would have to say it should of premiered on Sunday

  • Tomboy

    I honestly wasn’t shocked that Shake it Up didn’t get over 5 million. A lot of people would have probably thought it looked boring and didn’t bother watching it. Also, ratings for Disney weren’t like they used to be 3 or 4 years ago.

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