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Friday Cable Ratings: 'Friday Night Smackdown' Wins Night, + College Football, 'For Better or Worse', 'Haven', 'American Pickers' & More

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September 24th, 2012

WWE Smackdown was Friday's top original cable program with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week's performance. College Football came in second on ESPN, also scoring a 0.8 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 for specific shows.

Friday's Selected Cable Ratings:

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.854 1.2
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 2.196 0.9
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.460 0.9
WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown SYFY 8:00 PM 2.861 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1.928 0.8
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN 7:55 PM 2.223 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.063 0.8
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:30 AM 1.736 0.7
MORAL OREL ADSM 12:45 AM 1.598 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.816 0.6
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.371 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.355 0.6
For Better Or Worse TBSC 9:30 PM 1.615 0.6
Family Guy ADSM 3:00 AM 1.304 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 1.295 0.6
For Better Or Worse TBSC 9:00 PM 1.447 0.6
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 1.333 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:06 AM 1.345 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1.364 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2.558 0.5
Wipeout TRU 9:00 PM 1.286 0.5
HAVEN SYFY 10:00 PM 2.004 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 8:00 PM 1.118 0.5
American Pickers HIST 10:00 PM 1.952 0.5
ULTIMATE FIGHTER FX 10:00 PM 0.872 0.5
BERING SEA GOLD: UNDER TH DISC 9:00 PM 1.440 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1.348 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 1.260 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 1.562 0.5
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:47 PM 1.085 0.5
COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE CMDY 9:23 PM 0.815 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1.462 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.287 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.900 0.5
YUKON MEN DISC 10:01 PM 1.670 0.5
Say Yes to the Dress: ATL TLC 9:30 PM 1.492 0.5
Wipeout TRU 8:00 PM 1.078 0.5
Wipeout TRU 10:00 PM 1.184 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 6:00 PM 2.172 0.5
CSI USA 12:00 AM 1.486 0.5
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1.984 0.5
VERY FUNNY NEWS TBSC 10:00 PM 1.038 0.5
SECRET PRINCES TLC 10:00 PM 1.225 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 11:00 PM 0.929 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 1.238 0.5
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TNT 10:30 PM 1.181 0.5
Hardcore History HIST 11:02 PM 1.767 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1.642 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress: ATL TLC 9:00 PM 1.365 0.4
Say Yes to the Dress: ATL TLC 11:00 PM 0.965 0.4
YES DEAR NAN 4:59 AM 0.945 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1.040 0.4
CSI USA 11:00 PM 1.495 0.4
DRAKE & JOSH NICK 7:00 PM 2.138 0.4
Criminal Minds AEN 11:01 PM 1.320 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 1.442 0.4
Real Time with Bill Maher HBOM 10:01 PM 1.404 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.147 0.4
FAMILY MATTERS NAN 5:30 AM 0.977 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:30 AM 1.093 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1.195 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 0.806 0.4
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 9:00 PM 0.956 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:00 PM 1.253 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.140 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 1.121 0.4
Wipeout TRU 7:00 PM 0.916 0.4
Criminal Minds AEN 10:00 PM 1.460 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:30 PM 1.035 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.398 0.4
Criminal Minds AEN 12:01 AM 1.052 0.4
American Pickers HIST 12:01 AM 1.281 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 1:00 AM 0.998 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:30 PM 1.211 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.311 0.4
Criminal Minds AEN 9:00 PM 1.330 0.4
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 1:01 AM 0.847 0.4
BG: BUBBLE PUPPYS FNTSTC NICK 8:30 AM 1.219 0.4
Supernatural TNT 9:00 AM 0.694 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:38 AM 0.775 0.4
Supernatural TNT 10:00 AM 0.721 0.4
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 8:30 PM 0.880 0.3
BERING SEA GOLD: UNDER TH DISC 11:01 PM 0.872 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 0.806 0.3
CSI USA 1:00 AM 1.067 0.3
Dateline ON ID ID 2:00 AM 0.818 0.3
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 2:01 AM 0.834 0.3
DEADLY AFFAIRS ID 12:00 AM 0.803 0.3
KING OF QUEENS TVL 12:00 AM 0.834 0.3
Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC 9:00 PM 1.731 0.3
CRIMINAL MINDS AEN 8:00 PM 0.985 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 1:30 AM 0.857 0.3
DEADLY WOMEN ID 1:00 AM 0.748 0.3
American Pickers HIST 8:00 PM 1.467 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 2.958 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 1:01 AM 0.969 0.3
HAVEN SYFY 7:00 PM 0.936 0.3
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 0.858 0.3
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 1.908 0.3
Ed Show MSNBC 8:00 PM 1.430 0.2

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

 
  • James

    @nick, do you have ratings for XII, Boss and Strike Back??? Please

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    Ant farm will be done this season. If disney renews it for a third season then they’re stupid. I hope disney doesn’t bring back MBAV. 7:30 PM on a friday for them is a waste of a time slot. In my opinion, ANT FARM is a Dan Schnieder show “wanna be”. They try too hard to be funny.

  • Nathan (NR2012)

    But I have to admit..Friday’s episode was actually..pretty funny. I haven’t laughed that hard at a disney show in god knows how long…

  • Walker

    @Nathan (NR2012)

    Disney has no say over the renewal or cancellation of My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Canada’s Teletoon does. Disney only airs the episodes like Like With Drek, it’s an adapted series.

    Disney does however take a risk of losing an audience (viewed by 2.5-3 million homes) by not keeping the series on their global networks.

    MBAV technically is out of prime time anyway. If MBAV aired on Sundays at 8:30PM like it’s been, it wouldn’t be an issue. MBAV does BETTER on Sunday versus the crowded Friday night.

  • Kaylie

    Disney has some work to do with Ant Farm. They’re not producing much ratings. I dont know what theyre gonna do. Disney should switch Shake it Up with Ant Farm. Ant Farm would do better on Sundays.

  • Stephen Judson

    @coolioni

    SmackDown actually did promotion for Haven, since one of their wrestlers was guest starring/recurring on it. I watch for him, but I actually like Haven and will continue to watch.

  • Twist Of Fate 2.0

    Well, it goes to show Disney NEEDS Jessie to prop up their lesser shows. On the other hand, i’m impressed with Nickelodeon’s fall season SO far. Wanko’s Warehouse was hilarious. And for once, i’m in to BTR. Bringing Jo back was a good idea. HTR… well I didn’t really enjoy it, it’s trying to hard to be funny. I can’t wait for iShock America.

  • Lu

    Happy for Haven! 301 was amazing :)

  • Bryan

    @CM – Honestly, I think it will be fine. The total viewers number doesn’t tell the whole story. A.N.T. Farm is still doing very well in the kid demos, and that’s what counts the most. Also, year-over-year (on the corresponding Friday night in 2011 – September 23), Disney Channel was actually up in total viewers even though this past week seemed lower.

    @Walker – Babysitter is an acquired series, not adapted. Adapted would mean that Disney is recreating it, which they are not. But you are right, Disney has no control over the renewal of it. Teletoon and Freemantle Media do.

    As for the 2.5-3 million viewer risk, do remember that those also account for crossover viewers, those who watch other Disney Channel shows, not just ‘Vampire.’

  • BJH

    Haven S1 premiere: 2.34mil, 0.7/2
    Haven S2 premiere: 1.88mil, 0.5/2
    Haven S3 premiere: 2.00mil, 0.5/2

    I hope this is good news. The premiere was excellent.

  • Hillbilly

    I’m guessing all you folks asking & talking about ratings for Disney are parents? If a show has bad ratings do you tell your kids? If it looks like a show will be cancelled do you tell your kids? Are you planning your family time viewing? I’m just curious.

  • JayTN

    Martin…the 18-49 demo performance for “Haven” for season two averaged between a 0.4 and a 0.6 rating. Of the 13 episodes in season two (including the Christmas episode), two episodes earned a 0.4 rating (one of them being that Christmas episode), while three episodes earned a 0.6 demo rating. The remaining eight episodes were in the middle with a 0.5 demo rating.

  • Nick

    Hillbilly, i’m 26 and watch a lot of tween shows. A lot of people do.

  • Tyson

    “Hillbilly, i’m 26 and watch a lot of tween shows. A lot of people do.”

    Explains a lot.

  • CM

    @Nick- Well put. Simply stated, just because something is a “kid’s show” doesn’t mean it can only be enjoyed by kids.

  • Nick

    My Babysitter’s A Vampire (Disney Channel)
    -7:30 PM: 1.867 million viewers, 0.29 A18-49

    Boss (Starz)
    -9:01 PM: 0.409 million viewers, 0.11 A18-49
    -10:01 PM: 0.232 million viewers, 0.10 A18-49

    Strike Back (Cinemax)
    -10:02 PM: 0.358 million viewers, 0.18 A18-49
    -11:31 PM: 0.145 million viewers, 0.06 A18-49

    XIII (Reelz)
    -9 PM: 0.123 million viewers, 0.02 A18-49
    -10 PM: 0.096 million viewers, 0.01 A18-49

    Cheer (CMT)
    -10 PM: 0.251 million viewers, 0.11 A18-49

    Hollywood Heights (TeenNick)
    -8 PM: 0.136 million viewers, 0.01 A18-49

  • tj

    I never watched Haven. My dvr is set to record 15 min after Smackdown just in case. I caught the the first little bit of Haven that it captured. Then went to demand and watched the full episode. Not bad, and well done for Syfy. I would say I’d continue to watch but I like to start things from season 1. So until then it’ll be on my “eventually I’ll get to it” list.

  • Bryan

    Thanks, Nick!

    Too bad MBAV hasn’t done as well this summer. Maybe the year break? Maybe spreading the episodes out instead of the weekday-stip it got last year? Who knows. 10pm likely would have been a better time (after Gravity Falls). Plus, since it’s TV-PG, it might have done better with older viewers (teens) too.

    Either way, it doesn’t matter now. Only two episodes are left this season.

  • trevor

    Interesting that a few slams against ANT FARM were quickly followed by “but this last episode was really funny”. My kids LOVE the show and I think it is clever and weird and funny. It is doing fine in a terrible time slot. You cant compare the Season 2 averages for Shake It Up & Good Luck Charlie – they have much better nights and time slots and more promotion. Also so many kids dont watch the shows when they first air – they DVR it, they watch it on iTunes, Hulu, etc. The whole Friday night was waaay down – ANT FARM< still was the most watched scripted show that night.

  • coolioni

    @Stephen Judson : Is that really Edge’s hair on Haven ? I happen to see a few minutes of it and saw he had very short hair. It looked like he may have been wearing a wig !

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