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Thursday Cable Ratings: Thursday Night Football Tops Night, + 'Awkward', 'Sullivan & Son', 'Snooki & JWOWW', 'Project Runway', 'Impractical Jokers' & More

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September 14th, 2012

Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network was Thursday's top cable programming with a 3.8 Adults 18-49 rating. Awkward was the top scripted show, earning a distant 1.0 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 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 a specific show

Thursday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME NFLN 8:30 PM 8.559 3.8
POSTGUN NFLN 11:41 PM 5.005 2.5
PRE-KICK NFLN 8:00 PM 4.824 2.0
POSTGAME NFLN 11:44 PM 2.457 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.666 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.659 1.2
Awkward SSN 2 MTV 10:32 PM 1.782 1.0
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.104 0.9
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 2.389 0.9
SULLIVAN & SON TBSC 10:00 PM 2.128 0.9
SNOOKI & JWOWW MTV 10:00 PM 1.553 0.9
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.157 0.9
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 2.141 0.8
Project Runway LIF 9:00 PM 2.094 0.8
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 1.518 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.828 0.8
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ADSM 12:00 AM 1.613 0.7
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 1.295 0.7
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:30 PM 1.247 0.6
The First 48 AEN 10:00 PM 1.491 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:06 AM 1.214 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 9:30 PM 2.164 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 9:00 PM 2.233 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1.206 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1.246 0.6
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 1.065 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.239 0.5
COUNTING CARS HIST 10:00 PM 1.761 0.5
TOP 20 MOST SHOCKING TRU 11:00 PM 1.114 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.227 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 1.063 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.450 0.5
The First 48 AEN 11:01 PM 1.161 0.5
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN 12:28 AM 0.937 0.5
NTSF:SD:SUV:: ADSM 12:15 AM 1.294 0.5
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2.191 0.5
Real Housewives of Miami BRVO 9:00 PM 1.066 0.5
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:06 PM 0.994 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2.604 0.5
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 1:12 AM 0.970 0.5
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2.390 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1.877 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.851 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.660 0.5
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:30 AM 1.412 0.5
The First 48 AEN 12:01 AM 1.052 0.5
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 1.637 0.5
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 1:45 AM 0.906 0.4
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN 7:27 PM 1.333 0.4
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.557 0.4
Supernatural TNT 10:00 AM 0.777 0.4
TEXAS CAR WARS DISC 10:00 PM 1.249 0.4
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 8:00 PM 0.931 0.4
The First 48 AEN 9:00 PM 1.110 0.4
COUNTING CARS HIST 10:31 PM 1.370 0.4
Mentalist, THE TNT 7:00 PM 1.449 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 2:18 AM 0.864 0.4
Mentalist, THE TNT 8:00 PM 1.491 0.4
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 3.401 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 1:01 AM 0.936 0.4
Family Guy TBSC 8:00 PM 0.908 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 7:30 PM 1.470 0.4
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WE 9:00 PM 0.773 0.4
PAWN STARS HIST 8:00 PM 1.474 0.4
IMPACT WRESTLING SPIKE 8:00 PM 1.224 0.4
Hannity FOXNC 9:00 PM 2.718 0.4
Mentalist, THE TNT 9:00 PM 1.550 0.4
THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF NFLN 6:00 PM 0.805 0.4
WORLDS DUMBEST TRU 12:00 AM 0.794 0.4
Supernatural TNT 9:00 AM 0.715 0.4
Hardcore History HIST 11:02 PM 0.985 0.4
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 11:00 AM 0.763 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.135 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:00 AM 0.852 0.4
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 0.800 0.4
SP YOU LIVE IN WHAT HGTV 9:00 PM 1.122 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 8:00 PM 0.973 0.4
Covert Affairs USA 11:00 PM 1.230 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:38 AM 0.768 0.3
EXTREME CHEF FOOD 10:00 PM 0.836 0.3
WILFRED FX 10:00 PM 0.642 0.3
BUYING AND SELLING HGTV 8:00 PM 1.017 0.3
CHARMED TNT 8:00 AM 0.720 0.3
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 10:00 PM 2.409 0.3
Mentalist, THE TNT 10:00 PM 1.307 0.3
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1.326 0.3
CSI: NY TNT 12:00 AM 1.224 0.3
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 0.871 0.3
Dance Moms LIF 10:30 PM 0.704 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.399 0.3
PAWN STARS HIST 12:01 AM 0.925 0.3
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 2.302 0.3
Auction Kings DISC 9:30 PM 0.985 0.3
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 2.435 0.3
CSI: NY TNT 11:00 PM 1.071 0.3
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 8:00 AM 1.828 0.3
Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC 9:00 PM 1.510 0.3
The Fox Report W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:00 PM 2.079 0.3
Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 1.464 0.3
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 7:00 AM 1.383 0.2

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Check out past daily cable ratings posts here.

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

 

 
  • KeepingItLight

    @Michael: D.C. did better than Miami.

    But the first season of Miami wasn’t intentionally supposed to be part of the franchise but Andy Cohen put it in the place of the fourth season of NYC and it obviously didn’t do well. Now that Miami has the “housewife” formula a lot of people are not interested in watching the premiere due to the lack-luster that was the first season. I hope the ratings get better because it seemed like a good premiere and the rest of the season looks good.

  • Jared

    @Michael

    Right now MTV is really struggling to get viewers to watch the network. Teen Mom is over..and Jersey Shore is in its final season. With Teen Wolf currently on hiatus and Inbetweeners barely making its presence known.. I would assume MTV is gonna be in an up hill battle come January. I have my own theories as to why viewers are tuning out and believe the lack of diversity is hurting the network. MTV used to be known for out of the box entertainment that was fresh. Not so much anymore.

  • Michael

    @KeepingItLight,

    Definitely! Last season, was lack-luster. The show needed to be revamped and replaced with more interesting women. I’m liking the new changes, the ladies are much better this season (#TeamJoanna). Andy showed a preview of what’s to come this season, a lot of drama!!! Hopefully, ratings will pick up next week.

  • Jared

    MTV scripted series have been hit or miss. Awkward and Teen wolf are hits..but MTV has struggled to find any other series to compliment either one of those. If I was MTV..I would try and launch another Sci Fi series something along the lines of CWs ARROW or Beauty and the Beast and get away from shows like inbetweeners for now. Also the fact that MTV hasn’t been able to launch any new reality series that have at least held there own. Other than Snooki and JWOWW..which in my opinion has only been mediocre in the ratings department.

  • romo

    To elliot:

    The pats do play thursday – thankgiving nite.

  • Frankie

    @Jared

    Its time for MTV to add some color to there shows. VH1 has had huge successes in urban reality shows. Maybe MTV should take a note from VH1 and add some urban flavor that would work for there network.

  • romo

    The reason teams like cowboys, pats , jets dont play on NFLN TNF is each team can only play 1 thursday game per year from weeks 2-15.

  • Frankie

    @Michael

    Last seasons RHOM left much to be desired..maybe because it wasn’t originally supposed to be apart of the Housewives franchise but this year Miami seems like a totally different show. Judging by the promos on BRAVO this season looks really good and I’m loving the additions to the cast..especially Joanna Krupa.

  • brent

    FX shows disappoints again. And no one cares too.

    Wilfred did a series-low 0.3. And Louie couldn’t make the list?!

    Apparently people don’t like quality. A mean these shows did good last year, premiered great. But what happened? Doesn’t make any sense.

    Also does anyone think Wilfred has a shot now?

  • James

    Wilfred sucks and should be cancelled. Louie despite bad ratings at least it is good and gets critical acclaim and it is really cheap to make.

  • AppleStinx

    It takes commenter Hillbilly a couple of days to count such occurrences, and another day to find his way to the cable news section to announce them, so to help him out just this one time: FOXNC 8, MSNBC 2, CNN 0 (that’s zero, not capital o). :grin:

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Romo: Ahh, I forgot the good old fashioned Cowboys/Redskins Thanksgiving showdown on Fox. Probably was avoiding the visions of Clint Longley…

    Also didn’t realize Pats/Jets were the NBC game that night.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    LOUIE = 0.2 A18-49 rtg and 292,000 viewers.

  • rob60990

    lmao at Wilfred & Louie. No wonder Anger Management got its big episode order.

  • Tyler

    I’m impressed with Supernatural’s ratings on TNT. CW struggles to get that for a repeat of Supernatural. I wonder if this syndication will help the show grow at all, especially combined with Netflix, being on Wednesday instead of Friday, and having what I hope is a successful Arrow as a lead in.

  • Skylar

    Teen Mom 1 is over, not Teen Mom 2. I’m sure some of them will get spin-offs

  • Jared

    Now we know why FX placed that 90 episode Anger Management order. Louie’s ratings are laughable..I mean I know the shows cheap to produce and all but come on on now.

  • Ally Sheedy in WarGames

    FX without Anger Management is a damn trainwreck real talk.

    I hate it that TNA has to go against Thursday Night Football and pretty soon the NBA on TNT the rest of the year. TNA deserves Raw’s ratings.

  • RJ

    SUPERNATURAL TNT 9:00 AM 0.715 0.4
    RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 11:00 AM 0.763 0.4

    It’s interesting that these two shows skewed nearly the same despite one airing on the “old” network (TNT) and one airing on the “young” network (CW). Either way, solid numbers for the early morning.

  • silvit

    @RJ

    That’s because they are both in the morning and one after the other. No matter the show, that’s the numbers TNT usually gets. That’s not strange with numbers so tiny where the range can only be small.

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