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Thursday Cable Ratings: 'Suits' Finale Wins Night, 'Burn Notice', 'Awkward', 'Project Runway', 'Anger Management', 'Louie' & More

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August 24th, 2012

The summer finale of Suits was Thursday's top cable program, with a season-high 1.5 adults 18-49 rating,up from last week's 1.4. and up 30% from the season one finale. The summer finale of Burn Notice came in second with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up from the previous week's 1.2, and up 4% from the performance of last year's summer finale.

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 Thursday night's episode of your favorite show.

Thursday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
Suits USA 10:01 PM 4482 1.5
Burn Notice USA 9:00 PM 4958 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 3220 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 3129 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2760 1.2
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L ESPN 8:00 PM 3362 1.2
SNOOKI & JWOWW MTV 10:00 PM 2208 1.1
Awkward SSN 2 MTV 10:30 PM 2189 1.0
Project Runway LIF 9:00 PM 2688 1.0
SULLIVAN & SON TBSC 10:00 PM 2331 1.0
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2552 1.0
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2361 0.9
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2094 0.9
Anger Management FX 9:30 PM 1976 0.8
COUNTING CARS HIST 10:31 PM 2095 0.7
Pawn Stars HIST 9:30 PM 2478 0.7
COUNTING CARS HIST 10:00 PM 2047 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 2033 0.7
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:36 PM 1341 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1265 0.6
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ADSM 12:00 AM 1682 0.6
IMPACT WRESTLING SPIKE 8:00 PM 1717 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2839 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 10:30 AM 2385 0.6
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 3077 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 10:00 AM 2250 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 9:00 PM 2111 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2701 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 1289 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:05 AM 1183 0.5
Anger Management FX 9:00 PM 1498 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1380 0.5
Family Guy TBSC 8:00 PM 1057 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 11:00 AM 2230 0.5
The First 48 AEN 12:01 AM 1131 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1663 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 9:30 AM 2171 0.5
Auction Kings DISC 9:00 PM 1504 0.5
FAMILY GUY ADSM 2:30 AM 1274 0.5
Hardcore History HIST 11:02 PM 1193 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 4:30 PM 2311 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 1726 0.5
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN  L ESPN 7:00 PM 1060 0.5
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:00 PM 1003 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 1006 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 11:00 PM 1362 0.5
The First 48 AEN 11:01 PM 989 0.4
The First 48 AEN 10:00 PM 1115 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1601 0.4
The First 48 AEN 9:00 PM 1187 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1137 0.4
NTSF:SD:SUV:: ADSM 12:15 AM 1273 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:29 PM 1117 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 8:00 PM 1122 0.4
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 1862 0.4
AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE GSN 8:00 PM 1730 0.4
Phineas and Ferb MOVIE DSNY 8:00 PM 2841 0.4
WILFRED FX 10:01 PM 835 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 1:01 AM 910 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1020 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 1067 0.4
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1465 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 1:01 AM 1010 0.4
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WE 9:00 PM 825 0.4
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1542 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 8:29 PM 1260 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 951 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:58 PM 1124 0.4
Mentalist, THE TNT 6:00 PM 1125 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 1:31 AM 847 0.4
Auction Kings DISC 9:30 PM 1329 0.4
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 858 0.4
EXTREME CHEF FOOD 10:00 PM 962 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 1022 0.4
PAWN STARS HIST 12:31 AM 1071 0.4
Chopped FOOD 8:00 PM 1087 0.4
Louie FX 10:31 PM 714 0.4
PAWN STARS HIST 8:00 PM 1261 0.4
PAWN STARS HIST 12:01 AM 1033 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1143 0.4
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 10:01 PM 767 0.4
Auction Kings DISC 8:30 PM 1025 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 5:00 PM 847 0.3
CSI: NY TNT 11:00 PM 1284 0.3
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 1094 0.3
SP YOU LIVE IN WHAT HGTV 9:00 PM 1209 0.3
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 9:00 PM 965 0.3
Covert Affairs USA 11:03 PM 1180 0.3
Dateline ON ID ID 2:00 AM 799 0.3
SAW DOGS DISC 10:00 PM 889 0.3
SAW DOGS DISC 10:30 PM 749 0.3
SINS & SECRETS ID 1:00 AM 908 0.3
Mentalist, THE TNT 8:00 PM 1448 0.3
CSI: NY TNT 12:00 AM 1128 0.3
Mentalist, THE TNT 9:00 PM 1545 0.3
BEHIND MANSION WALLS ID 12:00 AM 870 0.3
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 1188 0.3
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 11:00 PM 1063 0.3
Hannity FOXNC 9:00 PM 2482 0.2
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2682 0.2

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Check out past daily cable ratings posts here.

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

 

 
  • lulu

    wow what are these comments, i mean i like Awkward it is fun but it is certainly not awesome for example Anger Mangement is far far far better and funnier and i am not even very fan of multi-camera and enjoy more the Louie, Wilfred type of comedies but the new Sheen show is quite charming, has a great cast with great chemistry with some stories less silly than teen shows like Awkward (wgich i still enjoy but the first season was far better and still it was fun but quite simplistic and not really funny)

  • True Facts

    Miss Tessmacher & TNA > WWE

    TNT shows > USA shows

    Anger Management > any NBC comedy except Whitney

  • capslocke

    Anger Management will fall to Wilfred/ Louie levels at some point, the question is just when. The problem with these kind of contracts is that when there’s a ratings threshold built- in, and for such a large renewal, all judgement goes down the drain. With these ratings for a comedy on FX, it definitely deserves a renewal. But nowhere near a 90 episode commitment. It’s steadily falling, approaching par. I predict that it won’t deserve to live another 90 episodes.

  • Tayler

    nobody cares about wilfred. remember what a pr push it got last year?

  • SniffTheEdge87654321

    Suits is the most preposterous show on TV. Completely ridiculous. There’s more believability to the plot of Grimm!

  • The Hafk

    Anger Management is getting ratings similar to/worse than what It’s Always Sunny usually gets. It’s not worth the the commitment. Those numbers are just going to keep going down.

    It’s Always Sunny and The League prove that FX can have a high quality shows that also draw in viewers. FX doesn’t need to settle for mediocrity. FX is better than this.

  • samatha h

    Sullivan & Sons is terrible and a remix of ever other bar show…but not nearly as good. The only reason it does descent in the ratings is become people are too lazy to change the channel.

  • Nadine

    WOW for Suits!! I was hoping it would get a good night, but 1.5!! How satisfying for such a tremendous show to be appreciated by so many people, young and old. Episode was a little slow, but a big punch at the end. And I gotta say: I knew it all along :-).

  • Nadine

    @capslocke — I don’t think Suits ever does a 9 pm slot. The language is too raunchy. So it’s unlikely to be used as a lead-in to something. But who knows? I can’t wait for the January season.

  • 728huey

    @capslocke

    It appears Burn Notice and Suits will be going their separate ways on the USA schedule. BN is returning for its autumn run in November while Suits is coming back in January. Now I’m wondering whether Necessary Roughness is coming back this fall or this winter. USA has already indicated NR is airing its summer finale next week, but it would make sense for NR to return in the fall since its football theme would coincide with the NFL stretch run for the playoffs.

    I do agree with one of the earlier posters who said that White Collar would be a better pairing with Suits than Burn Notice, but I think USA had some high hopes for Suits when it premiered last year, so they paired it with their most popular show. Now that Suits is garnering the same ratings as BN, it can be paired with some other shows on the network.

  • Nadine

    I don’t know if Suits & WC are better suited to run together, but, quite apart from Suits being inappropriate for 9pm, I think the people who liked WC are watching it and those that didn’t….don’t. I’m puzzled at the notion that a high-rated lead-in will suddenly boost the ratings of a show that’s been out there (with huge publicity) for 3 seasons. What USA might do is run one of them opposite shows that are draining their audience on other networks, but…nah. Why screw around with what is working?

  • Rob D.

    I actually think Totally Biased is a funny show and surprised it’s not on the list. I will say that I’m a little disappointed as you would think the host would be equally biased against the left and the right…….make jokes about everyone. Unfortunately, it’s hands off Obama like most comedians.

  • Kaylie

    Go MTV!!!!!! I just know Awkward is gonna increase so much. Its gonna be airing on the day of the VMA’s, so expect the show to get a boost.

  • Tj

    You don’t pair like shows together. The way that have it layed out now is how you spread your audience. USA is smart.

  • Rono

    Delimart, don’t forget about dropping by dish tv. And its only show that’s making list by WE TV.

  • pete5125

    The Anger Management contract will get picked up for the finale 90, it will be syndicated 2013, all the $, for Sheen and company depends on this, that is the only reason they can afford to do the show on FX’s limited comedy budget.

    These contracts had to be put in place because, TBS, screwed over how many different shows with their 9 to 15 episode contracts where after 4 years you would have a 40episode show made that you could do nothing with…if sony could of got 30 more episodes of My Boys or Bill Engvall then think how much money they could make on the back end.

    F/X makes their comedies cheap enough that 0.4 will still make money, they also trying to go broad may be a way to go, they could have must see TV Thursday if they would give their shows at least 20 episodes.

    Thur:
    8PM:Anger Mgmt
    8:30:The League
    9PM:Its Always Sunny
    9:30:Louie
    10:Wilfered
    10:30:Archer

    With Anger Management being made on the cheap outside of F/X having to order 90 episodes and run them in the course of a season or so, should be a good deal for them…

    Looks like FX Thur: will be
    8-9 TAHM
    9:Anger Mgmt rerun
    9:30 Anger Mgmt

    TBS was forced to play out the rest Are we their Yet M-f to get through their contract before the episodes go to syndication this fall

  • Nadine

    @Tj: surprised you think you don’t pair like shows together. Seems to me that’s basic programming. Not that I’m suggesting that Suits & WC belong together, because, apart from both of them taking place in NY and being relatively clever shows, what else do they have in common? But if shows appeal to one gender more than another, or one genre more than another, why wouldn’t you try to introduce new shows to the very audience you’re targeting?

  • Steve

    GSN is ecstatic about the American Bible Challenge ratings. While 1.73 million would be ho-hum for most cable channels, it’s a record for GSN.

  • sheen

    I don’t have to search for my favorite show cuz its on top. Yay!!!

  • Jenny

    @Kaylie
    What time will Awkward be airing on the day of the VMA’s because I can’t find anything about it?

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