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Wednesday Cable Ratings: Presidential Debate Wins Night, 'South Park', 'The Daily Show', 'Challenge: Battle of the Seasons','Sons of Guns', 'Key & Peele' & More

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October 4th, 2012

 

CNN's Presidential Debate coverage won the ight with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. FNC's debate coverage came in second with a 1.9 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. 

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

Show Net Time Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
1ST PRES DEBATE 2012 CNN 9:00 PM 6051 2.1
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOXNC 9:00 PM 10436 1.9
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:32 PM 5838 1.9
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 10:33 PM 8108 1.5
DEBATE MSNBC 9:02 PM 4731 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2592 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2473 1.1
Hannity FOXNC 11:05 PM 5425 1.0
South Park CMDY 10:00 PM 1690 1.0
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2039 0.9
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 11:00 PM 3198 0.9
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CVG FOXNC 8:55 PM 6414 0.9
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1836 0.9
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2064 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1659 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1657 0.8
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 1707 0.8
NCIS USA 11:00 PM 2504 0.7
MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 10:33 PM 2387 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:00 PM 1405 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1468 0.7
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 3194 0.7
CHALLENGE: BATTLE SEASONS MTV 10:00 PM 1106 0.7
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 12:00 AM 3257 0.7
Sons of Guns DISC 9:00 PM 1351 0.7
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2728 0.6
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2506 0.6
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1358 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:33 PM 1311 0.6
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 2287 0.6
KEY & Peele CMDY 10:30 PM 1078 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1531 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2586 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 6:00 PM 2518 0.6
Family Guy TBSC 8:30 PM 1218 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:06 AM 1189 0.6
MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC 8:00 PM 2331 0.6
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 4383 0.5
Ghost Hunters SYFY 9:00 PM 1539 0.5
NCIS USA 12:00 AM 1841 0.5
Family Guy TBSC 9:30 PM 1130 0.5
AMERICAN HOGGERS AEN 10:30 PM 1478 0.5
American Restoration HIST 9:30 PM 1933 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2145 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2442 0.5
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1351 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 8:00 PM 1075 0.5
FAMILY GUY TBSC 9:00 PM 1104 0.5
South Beach Tow TRU 9:30 PM 1113 0.5
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 9:00 PM 1275 0.5
FX MOVIE LATE FX 12:00 AM 887 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 1015 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 987 0.5
South Park CMDY 12:01 AM 810 0.5
FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 1981 0.5
Storage Wars TEXAS AEN 9:00 PM 1343 0.5
PARANORMAL WITNESS SYFY 10:00 PM 1167 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 4:00 PM 1087 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 10:00 PM 1541 0.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:58 PM 864 0.4
BASEBALL TONIGHT  L ESPN 10:36 PM 996 0.4
Operation Repo TRU 10:00 PM 1034 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 1013 0.4
FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 1638 0.4
Storage Wars TEXAS AEN 9:30 PM 1265 0.4
1ST PRES DEBATE 2012 CNN 12:00 AM 1099 0.4
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 11:00 PM 901 0.4
AMERICAN HOGGERS AEN 10:00 PM 1257 0.4
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 827 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 967 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 9:00 PM 937 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 1026 0.4
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1664 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1343 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 774 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 7:30 PM 1090 0.4
HOUSE USA 1:00 AM 1102 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:00 PM 901 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 8:00 PM 1178 0.4
Castle TNT 10:00 PM 1625 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 10:31 PM 1370 0.4
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOXNC 1:00 AM 1162 0.4
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 840 0.4
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1786 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1426 0.4
CRACKING ADDICTION TLC 9:00 PM 775 0.4
HOUSE USA 2:00 AM 815 0.4
BUYING AND SELLING HGTV 9:00 PM 1404 0.4
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 1551 0.4
The Fox Report W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:00 PM 2228 0.3
RESTAURANT STAKEOUT FOOD 10:00 PM 861 0.3
MLB WED NIGHT - EARLY   L ESPN 7:00 PM 917 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1246 0.3
American Restoration HIST 8:30 PM 1263 0.3
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 2051 0.3
Ghost Hunters SYFY 11:30 PM 711 0.3
DIRTY LITTLE LIES ID 12:30 AM 853 0.3
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 1912 0.3
Ghost Hunters SYFY 8:00 PM 916 0.3
American Restoration HIST 9:00 PM 1201 0.3

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

 
  • John A

    I hate seeing South Park that low.

  • SHADE

    How did WWE Main Event on Ion do?

  • Ryan

    @ John A- me too. It should be around at least a 1.4

  • Survivor Fan

    Debate Total (pending broadcast adjustments): 18.4

  • Tyler

    Whoa Friends with a 0.6!

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Myself
    I counted FOX’s pre-debate thing. It is a 17.5 + PBS + Spanish Channels + Minor Channels

    A good estimate would be a 25.0

  • James

    Any Rating on Don’t Sleep Hosted by TJ Holmes at 11PM

  • Tv

    How did life after top chef do?

  • John

    @bill

    How did Don’t Sleep Hosted by TJ Holmes do in ratings

  • Ram510

    So I’m guessing WWE Main Event didn’t do so well considering Ion hasn’t put out a press release yet

  • Ram510

    Wheres MTV The Challenge?

  • ;)

    @ram its on there…1.2mil

  • Josh

    ratings for Don’t Sleep Hosted by TJ Holmes

  • silvit

    Is Full House the old sit-com Full House? Wow at its ratings.

  • silvit

    @Shade

    I don’t think Ion ratings are included in the cable list.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Shade, the WWE numbers are in this press release. ION is a broadcast network, but we don’t normally get their ratings on a daily basis.

    http://bit.ly/Pdv7FW

  • Morgan Wick

    Funny how Fox has substantially more total viewers but CNN edges them in 18-49. You wouldn’t think the network would matter for the debate itself.

  • Matt

    @morgan wick CNN did not beat FOX’s overall coverage if you consider that the debate was simulcasted on FOX broadcast and FNC.

  • Paolo

    @Nick

    This is the last week of Hollywood Heights, please don’t forget his ratings! :)
    Thanx

  • joss

    go fam guy !

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