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Thursday Cable Ratings: Thursday Night Football Wins Night + VP Debate Coverage, 'Jersey Shore', MLB, 'The Greatest Event in TV History' & More

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October 12th, 2012

 

Thursday Night Football was the night's top cable program with a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down from a 2.6 last week. FOX News' Coverage of the Vice Presidential debate came in second with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Jersey Shore earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. For more on the VP Debate click here and here

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 5.651 2.5
POSTGUN NFLN 11:49 PM 5.200 2.4
VP DEBATE FOXNC 9:00 PM 10.014 1.9
Jersey Shore SSN 6 MTV 11:00 PM 3.155 1.8
MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 7:30 PM 5.155 1.7
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 10:33 PM 8.283 1.5
Jersey Shore SSN 6 MTV 10:00 PM 2.820 1.4
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:33 PM 4.351 1.3
PRE-KICK NFLN 8:00 PM 2.843 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.632 1.2
VP DEBATE 2012 CNN 9:02 PM 4.176 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.619 1.1
DEBATE MSNBC 9:02 PM 4.399 1.1
VP DEBATE CVG FOXNC 8:55 PM 6.615 1.0
POSTGAME NFLN 11:52 PM 1.725 0.9
MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 5:07 PM 3.399 0.9
GREATEST EVENT IN TV HIST ADSM 12:00 AM 1.673 0.8
MLB DIVISION SERIES TNT 9:30 PM 2.266 0.8
Hannity FOXNC 11:03 PM 4.650 0.8
MLB GAME BREAK TBSC 7:16 PM 2.591 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2.026 0.8
Jersey Shore SSN 6 MTV 12:02 AM 1.395 0.8
Project Runway LIF 9:00 PM 1.917 0.7
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 1.677 0.7
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 2.915 0.7
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 11:00 PM 2.381 0.7
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 3.006 0.7
NTSF:SD:SUV:: ADSM 12:15 AM 1.279 0.7
Family Guy ADSM 2:30 AM 1.195 0.7
Beyond Scared Straight AEN 10:00 PM 1.419 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 1.252 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.760 0.6
American Dad ADSM 2:00 AM 1.160 0.6
ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELP FX 10:00 PM 1.049 0.6
Conan TBSC 12:16 AM 1.238 0.6
The First 48 AEN 9:00 PM 1.635 0.6
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2.964 0.6
MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 1:00 PM 2.167 0.6
JERSEY SHORE SSN 6 MTV 1:02 AM 1.126 0.6
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2.543 0.6
MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 10:33 PM 2.269 0.6
LEAGUE FX 10:31 PM 0.907 0.6
American Dad ADSM 1:30 AM 1.114 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:32 PM 1.331 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2.913 0.6
RETURN TO HALLOWEENTOWN DSNY 8:30 PM 2.854 0.6
DELOCATED ADSM 12:30 AM 1.070 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 6:00 PM 2.897 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2.698 0.5
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 12:00 AM 2.834 0.5
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1.196 0.5
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1.322 0.5
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2.264 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2.812 0.5
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 4.622 0.5
MARY SHELLEYS FRANKENHOLE ADSM 1:00 AM 0.992 0.5
DOC MCSTUFFINS DSNY 10:00 AM 1.572 0.5
JEFF DUNHAM: MINDING MON CMDY 9:00 PM 1.303 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1.208 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:39 AM 1.118 0.5
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:30 AM 1.453 0.5
TEXAS CAR WARS DISC 10:00 PM 1.283 0.5
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 2.029 0.5
MINNIES BOW-TOONS DSNY 9:55 AM 1.432 0.5
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:30 PM 1.139 0.5
TWO/HALF MEN FX 7:00 PM 0.989 0.5
Beyond Scared Straight AEN 11:01 PM 0.971 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 4:30 PM 2.140 0.5
FRIENDS NAN 12:05 AM 1.098 0.5
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN 12:38 AM 0.800 0.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRVO 8:49 PM 0.978 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 8:30 PM 1.762 0.4
CHOO CHOO SOUL DSNY 10:25 AM 1.385 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 8:00 AM 1.761 0.4
The First 48 AEN 12:01 AM 0.921 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 8:00 PM 1.482 0.4
PLAYING WITH SKULLY DSNY 9:25 AM 1.325 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 12:01 AM 1.052 0.4
Real Housewives of Miami BRVO 9:00 PM 0.870 0.4
TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 0.829 0.4
FAST N LOUD DISC 9:00 PM 0.969 0.4
The First 48 AEN 8:00 PM 1.011 0.4
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.758 0.4
FAST N LOUD DISC 11:00 PM 0.797 0.4
The First 48 AEN 1:01 AM 0.863 0.4
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 1.488 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1.335 0.4
Chopped FOOD 10:00 PM 0.882 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1.306 0.4
Pawn Stars HIST 12:31 AM 0.990 0.4
MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC 8:00 PM 1.875 0.4
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 0.931 0.4
Burn Notice USA 11:00 PM 1.369 0.4
SYFY MOVIE SYFY 8:00 PM 0.880 0.3
IMPACT WRESTLING SPIKE 8:00 PM 1.118 0.3
Time Machine HIST 9:00 PM 0.999 0.3
NCIS USA 12:00 AM 1.102 0.3
Supernatural TNT 10:00 AM 0.585 0.3
VP DEBATE FOXNC 1:00 AM 1.054 0.3
The Fox Report W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:00 PM 2.439 0.2

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Check out past daily cable ratings posts here.

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

 

 
  • VH1

    Jersey Shore rating aren’t that bad but it is dropping

  • DM

    I’m not a fan of these 2 hour Jersey Shore features. I just lose interest as it goes on.

  • bb

    Okay with the VP debate on everything has a reason to go down sk the facts that The Real Housewives of Miami went up is actually pretty good, they would have been higher if the debate would have been on. I really think next week we will start to see a turn around for them cause next week has A LOT OF DRAMA!

  • Meanie

    I bet MTV is glad this is the final season of Jersey Shore. Those ratings are horrible compared to earlier seasons.
    10pm 2+ Mill
    11pm 3+ Mill

    Dear Bravo remove RHOM my god those ratings are atrocious. If they renew this show for season 3 they mine as well bring back RHODC.

  • LT

    Expected more for the Yankees/0’s game. It went 13 innings. I was expecting 7 million and 2.5 demo. And the Cards/Nats game did better than Tigers/A’s. A little surprising but the Tigers/A’s game Verlander was pitching. He put everyone to sleep.

  • VH1

    @DM
    Me Either. I guess there reason behind it is that the season is boring so they are showing 2 hour to hurry it. Rating might be better showing 2 episode instead of one.

  • LT

    That was a compliment towards Verlander because he was so dominant.

  • DougF

    I wonder if the commercials scarred some viewers away

  • Dodge Hickey

    It’s Always Sunny was WAY lower then I hoped

  • DougF

    *

    From Always Sunny

  • DougF

    @Dodge Hickey

    Ratings mean little this season as it has already been renewed for a 9th

  • DougF

    But then again Always Sunny has been in the 0.6-0.8/1mil-2mil range since Season 5

  • Meanie

    Family Guy audience must be strong cause all there episodes are repeats but it always manage to get 2+ Mill ratings and crack the top ten.

  • THE OLD MAN

    Jersey Shore down to 1.8 is so encouraging! May the slide excellerate!

  • Ram510

    Wow Always Sunny is waaaaay down. It wasnt a good episode anyways. But FX didn’t do a very good job promoting it this season too. Hopefully it gets better

    However great that The League was able to keep pace with Sunny. It was a pretty good episode

    But again what was up with FX promoting these 2? It seems like they started promoting them just a few weeks before the premiere and the promos were quick little ads they threw in there for fun

    Even promotions for American Horror Story (FX’s #1-2 show overall) seem to come late and quick. Hopefully AHS can still break a 2.0 on Wednesday

  • Ram510

    @ DougF

    But Sunny has always in recent years been able to crack a 1.0 for its premiere then settle down to about a .8 a little after the broadcast regular season starts. Maybe the late start hurt them

    And even though its already renewed for a 9th season they have a possibility for a 10th if they do well so rating do matter for the future. At this rate the 9th may be its last but I hope in the coming weeks it can bounce back to at least a .8

  • Ram510

    And u can’t shake the feeling that once FX decides to end Sunny that will also mean the end of The League as well. And since I love both shows I’m rooting for them to do well so they can stay on the air as long as possible. Especially The League which had really hit its stride as of last season

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I’ve started watching a new spy show on the BBC and Cinemax here in the US called “Hunted”. It’s a pretty good, if occasionally somewhat slow, show.

    From Wikipedia:

    Hunted is a 2012 television drama series created and written by Frank Spotnitz and produced by Kudos Film and Television and Big Light Productions for British broadcaster BBC, for their flagship channel BBC One and American premium cable broadcaster Cinemax. The series premiered on Thursday, 4 October 2012 on BBC One [1] and will begin on Friday, 19 October 2012[2] on Cinemax.

    Australian actress Melissa George stars as Samantha, an espionage operative for “Byzantium”,[a private intelligence agency. She survives an attempt on her life, which she strongly suspects was orchestrated by members of her own squad. After recovering and returning to active duty, she goes back to work undercover as a nanny, not knowing who tried to kill her or whom to trust.It becomes evident that the attempt on her life is tied into a horrific event from her childhood.

    End Quote

    George is a decent actress, although her fight scenes seem a hair implausible given her size vs the size of her attackers. She’s no Maggie Q, but her fighting style is plausible, given she’s not an “action star”.

    The acting of the rest of the cast is excellent even though I don’t recognize most of the British actors. Except one: Indira Varma, late of Human Target, will be making an appearance shortly – she appeared for one brief moment in a doorway in episode two. I’m looking forward to that as she’s a favorite of mine.

    If you like spy stuff, check it out. It’s not as good as Strike Back and has less action, but it’s similar to Spooks in a way. Gritty, bloody (serious shooting and torture incidents) and fairly realistic.

  • John A

    I want sunny to last to season 10. It premiered very low.

  • rob60990

    Both FX shows premiered terrible.

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