Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Sons of Anarchy' Rides to First Place & Series High, + 'Teen Mom', 'White Collar', 'Hardcore Pawn', 'Time Machine', 'Covert Affairs' & More

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September 12th, 2012


Sons Of Anarchy was Tuesday's top cable original with a new series high 2.8  adults 18-49 rating, in line with what many of you predicted. The Teen Mom Season 4 Check Up came in second with a 1.4 adults 18-49 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 for specific shows.

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

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Sons Of Anarchy FX 10:00 PM 5.366 2.8
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 3.284 1.4
Teen Mom SSN 4 CHK UP MTV 10:00 PM 2.333 1.4
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 3.185 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.587 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.981 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.846 1.2
White Collar USA 9:00 PM 3.799 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.484 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 8:30 PM 2.844 1.1
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:00 PM 2.956 1.0
Time Machine HIST 9:00 PM 3.089 1.0
Covert Affairs USA 10:01 PM 3.941 1.0
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.008 0.9
Dance Moms LIF 9:00 PM 2.108 0.8
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:30 PM 2.461 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.731 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2.032 0.8
Shipping Wars AEN 10:30 PM 1.784 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.765 0.8
Face Off SYFY 9:00 PM 1.410 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 9:30 PM 2.153 0.7
Shipping Wars AEN 10:00 PM 1.722 0.7
Sons Of Anarchy FX 11:31 PM 1.420 0.7
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:30 PM 1.937 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 2.016 0.7
Hardcore History HIST 11:02 PM 1.750 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1.893 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1.928 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2.054 0.6
9/11 SURFER DISC 8:00 PM 1.645 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 10:00 PM 1.879 0.6
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.472 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 8:00 PM 1.716 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1.328 0.6
Time Machine HIST 12:01 AM 1.328 0.6
Shipping Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1.190 0.6
Teen Mom SSN 4 CHK UP MTV 9:00 PM 0.941 0.6
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 1.035 0.5
SPORTSCENTER: ESPN 6:00 AM 1.001 0.5
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 8:30 PM 1.669 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:06 AM 1.060 0.5
Shipping Wars AEN 11:31 PM 1.108 0.5
Chopped FOOD 10:00 PM 1.437 0.5
Time Machine HIST 8:00 PM 1.413 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.644 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 0.965 0.5
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:00 PM 0.797 0.5
Flipping Out BRVO 9:00 PM 1.224 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.597 0.5
9/11 TAPES, THE DISC 7:00 PM 1.043 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.559 0.5
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.772 0.5
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 0.960 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.437 0.5
POKER ESPN 9:00 PM 1.026 0.4
Mentalist, THE TNT 7:00 PM 1.639 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.153 0.4
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 11:00 PM 0.937 0.4
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 0.966 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:30 PM 1.450 0.4
Chopped FOOD 11:00 PM 1.026 0.4
FAST N LOUD DISC 9:00 PM 0.905 0.4
E:60 ESPN 7:00 PM 0.847 0.4
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 8:00 PM 1.270 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 0.995 0.4
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 0.786 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.195 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:01 AM 1.010 0.4
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 1:00 AM 0.838 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:29 PM 1.032 0.4
Royal Pains USA 11:02 PM 1.294 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 0.941 0.4
19 Kids and Counting TLC 9:00 PM 1.261 0.4
POKER ESPN 8:00 PM 0.883 0.4
FAST N LOUD DISC 10:00 PM 0.863 0.4
Supernatural TNT 10:00 AM 0.711 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:00 PM 1.194 0.4
Chopped FOOD 12:00 AM 0.901 0.4
Mentalist, THE TNT 6:00 PM 1.232 0.4
Supernatural TNT 9:00 AM 0.717 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:01 AM 0.834 0.3
BONES TNT 8:00 PM 1.359 0.3
19 Kids and Counting TLC 9:30 PM 1.231 0.3
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 0.974 0.3
STORAGE WARS AEN 1:31 AM 0.843 0.3
BONES TNT 5:00 PM 1.149 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:00 AM 0.829 0.3
BONES TNT 9:00 PM 1.207 0.3
Hannity FOXNC 9:00 PM 2.723 0.3
Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC 9:00 PM 1.471 0.2

To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

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

  • s0303

    good for soa…love that show!

  • Jamie

    @Jim – really, you have never seen an episode of R&I? You seem so passionate about it on a weekly basis I assumed you worked with the show in some way :) I watch both and White Collar is the better show with stronger cast but we all know that ratings seldom reflect which shows are actually better than others.

    @Tessa – spot on on DVR vs. Live. White Collar has always been a huge time shifter.

  • amadeus

    @nick Please numbers for the amazing world of gumball and dragons:riders of berk on cartoon network

  • iCarly

    @Nick, Please Hollywood Heights Ratings (:

  • Mary

    You know I totally forgot White Collar was on last night. For some reason, I thought they were done. Luckily, they’re rerunning it on Satuerday.

  • Emily

    Here for White Collar. That is my show! Matt Bomer just gets better and better and he was already too good. Love all of it: the story arc, the entire cast, the setting. So much of everything perfect rolled into 40 odd minutes.

  • Steve

    I quit watching SOA a few years ago but I have been meaning to find the time to catch up… I know a lot of people told me to watch it again last season. I really loved its first season…..

    White Collar… 1.2 atta baby… Yes i know its because R&I is done for the summer but still. This season is shaping up to be phenomenal. Last nights episode both Tim and Matt were flawless. Peter in the ring trying to plead with Neal that he was trying to protect him and then the last scene with Neal tell Peter, he didn’t break his promise about the video and that they were done… It broke my heart.

    I think my GF enjoyed the episode a bit more then me though b/c of Bomber’s abs. ;)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Jim: “what is Rizzoli and Isles about?”

    Since no one else will, I will tell you.

    Quoting Wikipedia:

    Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the Rizzoli & Isles series of novels by Tess Gerritsen.

    It’s similar to Body of Proof, but with better writing and casting. The show mixes drama and comedy pretty well with the main attraction being the relationship and banter between the two female leads.

    My main reason for watching, since I usually hate cop shows and medical shows, is the presence of Angie and Sasha, two seriously hot babes. That’s the same reason I watch Body of Proof – for Jeri Ryan and, less so, Dana Delaney. :-)

    And I’m still waiting for Jane and Maura to do the “L” thing… :-)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Covert Affairs rocked last night, probably their best episode ever. And that is just the lead-in to next week’s episode before the show goes on a month-long hiatus until October.

    Chris Gorham’s emotional performance was outstanding, as was Kari Matchett’s. The dream sequences were unusual and a bit over the top, but at least it did clarify that yes, Annie and Auggie are destined to hook up.

    I was hoping to see Kari and Sarah get into a major fight, but aside from a scuffle and chase, it didn’t happen.

    White Collar was pretty good. However, I think the current conflict between Peter and Neal will blow over within a few episodes. They still need to move the conspiracy around Neal’s dad along faster than they are.

  • xie

    Great Covert Affairs ep last night. Nice to see it held up well especially against the beast that is SoA.

    Whatever ratings boost White Collar got last night, they owe to those half-naked boxing photos they’ve been circulating for weeks. Last night’s plot was not that impressive but the boxing scene was what the viewers have tuned in for.

  • LocalStyleChick

    SOA was awesome!! Ill be watching all season long!! And more to come!

  • Trey

    White Collar has had consIstently

  • davie

    Happy for soa fans…and look at those supernatural repeats..love seeing them on this list

  • Trey

    White Collar has had consistently great cable numbers in key dem since it debuted in 2009 because of good story arcs and superior casting and will continue to do so until its lead star’s fast rising career makes it impossible to put in the time on cable when so much more opportunity is available in film. Though we shall gladly savor it while it lasts.

  • zilla-rilla

    WOW. what was SOA’s previous series high?

  • Roger

    When Tig’s daughter got BURNED ALIVE on SOA, I cheered for joy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GEO PF

    Covert Affairs, was awesome! I watched it twice. Great TV, I can hardly wait for next Tue. Super plot and great flow from week to week. Good story line great acting.

  • GEO PF

    FRANKLIN AND BASH! One of best shows on TV, smart humor good plots and very good after hard days work. ENTERTAINING!!!!!!

  • Jim

    @jamie Sorry but you have the wrong person. Iam not passionate about Rizzoli and Isles. I do not watch. I know people who do and just wanted to know what all the talk was about. You have the wrong Jim but it is a common name.

  • nas_the ring

    white collar is really amazing like shippping wars.
    That CA is so boring, I don’t watch anymore

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