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

 
  • Nick

    Bullet In The Face (IFC)
    -10 PM: 0.054 million viewers, 0.02 A18-49
    -10:30 PM: 0.093 million viewers, 0.05 A18-49
    -11 PM: 0.053 million viewers, 0.02 A18-49

    Strike Back (Cinemax)
    -10:02 PM: 0.390 million viewers, 0.14 A18-49
    -11:37 PM: 0.158 million viewers, 0.05 A18-49

    Boss (Starz)
    -9:01 PM: 0.317 million viewers, 0.13 A18-49
    -10:03 PM: 0.192 million viewers, 0.03 A18-49

    XIII (Reelz)
    -9 PM: 0.089 million viewers, 0.02 A18-49
    -10 PM: 0.068 million viewers, 0.02 A18-49

    Hollywood Heights (TeenNick)
    -8 PM: 0.155 million viewers, 0.04 A18-49

    Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. (Cartoon Network)
    -2 PM: 1.422 million viewers, 0.29 A18-49

  • I luv nickelodeon

    @Melvin
    Tori goes platinum was a special and not a movie. When it comes to better comedy victorious wins hands down. The other victorious specials reached over 5 million and shake it up made in Japan didn’t. So don’t compare victorious with shake it up cause victorious is way better.!

    Thanks for the additional ratings @Nick :D

    Ouch for hollywood heights.! It’s not doing so good. I knew nick at night made a bad move.! Bring the show back nick at night.!!!

  • Lorenzo

    Bullet in the Face’s ratings seem really low. Is that normal for IFC shows?

    Is XIII a good show?

  • James

    Thanks @Nick for rating of Bullet in the Face, Strike Back, Boss and XIII.

  • Atmos

    Thanks for the Strike Back ratings. I think those are up a little bit from last season, so hopefully Cinemax is happy with it. I’d love to see the show stick around for a few years. Really looking forward to Cinemax’s new show Hunted (from the creators of Spooks) as well.

  • Greg

    Haha! Shake it Up only got 4.5 and How to Rock only had 2.1 million! YES, maybe these networks will realize that these live action shows about kids becoming famous or being musicians suck! Go Gravity Falls!

  • One

    Kudos, Nick. Thanks for the Strike Back ratings…

  • RPD

    People are missing out on Strike Back. Go out, get season one on dvd, and enjoy something good for a change…

  • r0ckmypants

    The premiere of Strike Back was pretty great; I gave up a little after halfway through last season when the fall shows kicked into high gear, but if the rest of this season is as good as that premiere then I’ll definitely stick it out all the way through.

    Does Ovation report numbers? I was curious how A Chance to Dance premiered, but it’s such an obscure network that I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t even register.

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