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Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'American Horror Story' Wins Night, 'Duck Dynasty', 'South Park', 'The Daily Show', Baseball & More

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October 18th, 2012

 

The season premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum won the night with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up from a 1.7 for the season 1 AHS finale. Duck Dynasty came in second with a 1.8 adults 18-49 ratin down from last week's 1.9.

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)
American Horror Story FX 10:00 PM 3848 2.2
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:30 PM 3842 1.8
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 10:00 PM 3861 1.7
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2747 1.2
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 2628 1.2
South Park CMDY 10:00 PM 1982 1.1
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:01 PM 2320 1.1
MLB ALCS TBSC 8:00 PM 3682 1.1
SEINFELD TBSC 8:35 PM 3027 1.0
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 2006 0.9
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 11:31 PM 1921 0.9
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 2131 0.9
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1883 0.9
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 7:00 PM 1747 0.8
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:33 PM 1922 0.8
American Restoration HIST 9:30 PM 2262 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1688 0.8
SEINFELD TBSC 9:11 PM 2385 0.8
South Beach Tow TRU 9:30 PM 1649 0.8
Storage Wars TEXAS AEN 9:30 PM 2248 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1773 0.7
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:10 PM 1859 0.7
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:46 PM 1955 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 8:30 PM 1937 0.7
American Horror Story FX 11:05 PM 1212 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 12:01 AM 1514 0.7
Ghost Hunters SYFY 9:00 PM 1809 0.7
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:30 PM 1463 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 8:00 PM 1808 0.6
KEY & Peele CMDY 10:30 PM 1164 0.6
South Park CMDY 12:01 AM 1040 0.6
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 5:30 PM 1525 0.6
Operation Repo TRU 10:00 PM 1489 0.6
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 1357 0.6
NCIS USA 8:00 PM 2893 0.6
Pawn Stars HIST 9:00 PM 1852 0.6
RESTAURANT STAKEOUT FOOD 10:00 PM 1609 0.6
CHALLENGE: BATTLE SEASONS MTV 10:00 PM 911 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 5:00 PM 1245 0.6
SpongeBob NICK 5:30 PM 2341 0.6
NCIS USA 9:00 PM 2422 0.6
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 11:02 PM 1431 0.6
South Beach Tow TRU 9:00 PM 1322 0.6
STORAGE WARS TEXAS AEN 9:00 PM 1738 0.5
Family Guy TBSC 6:00 PM 1137 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 5:00 PM 2588 0.5
STORAGE WARS TEXAS AEN 1:01 AM 1076 0.5
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 10:00 PM 1761 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1968 0.5
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1944 0.5
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 9:00 PM 1555 0.5
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2170 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:30 PM 1398 0.5
STORAGE WARS TEXAS AEN 1:31 AM 1002 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2198 0.5
Chelsea Lately ENT 11:00 PM 966 0.5
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 4411 0.5
NCIS USA 10:00 PM 1923 0.5
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 7:00 PM 1130 0.5
BUYING AND SELLING HGTV 9:00 PM 1778 0.5
PARANORMAL WITNESS SYFY 10:00 PM 1200 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 11:32 PM 1284 0.4
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 1919 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:00 PM 1119 0.4
EXTREME CHEAPSKATES TLC 7:30 PM 960 0.4
DUCK DYNASTY AEN 2:01 AM 890 0.4
American Restoration HIST 1:31 AM 1037 0.4
American Horror Story FX 12:09 AM 757 0.4
Hannity FOXNC 9:00 PM 3928 0.4
CAJUN Pawn Stars HIST 10:31 PM 1357 0.4
Operation Repo TRU 10:30 PM 1063 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 989 0.4
MLB ON DECK PREGAME SHOW TBSC 7:30 PM 1435 0.4
American Restoration HIST 8:30 PM 1498 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 12:00 AM 870 0.4
South Beach Tow TRU 8:30 PM 1111 0.4
Sons of Guns DISC 9:00 PM 940 0.4
Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC 9:00 PM 2003 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 11:00 PM 1166 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HGTV 8:00 PM 1393 0.4
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 771 0.4
Criminal Minds AEN 2:00 PM 913 0.4
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 6:00 PM 2739 0.4
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 11:00 PM 999 0.4
Castle TNT 8:00 PM 1625 0.4
PAWN STARS HIST 7:30 PM 1323 0.3
ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC 10:00 PM 3130 0.3
PAWN STARS HIST 7:00 PM 1063 0.3
Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 1799 0.3
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 11:00 PM 1813 0.3
PAWN STARS HIST 1:01 AM 852 0.3
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1644 0.3
SPIKE TV MOVIE SPIKE 9:32 PM 791 0.3
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 2490 0.3
The Fox Report W/S.SMITH FOXNC 7:00 PM 2533 0.3
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 8:00 AM 2271 0.3
Ed Show MSNBC 8:00 PM 1649 0.3
Hannity FOXNC 12:00 AM 1357 0.3
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 7:00 AM 1870 0.3
AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOXNC 9:00 AM 2219 0.3

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

 
  • Max

    As I expected, AHS: Asylum underperformed. This show is to FX exactly what REVENGE is to ABC. You have two shows that the network wants to spend so much money on trying to label them hits and yet they fail to meet expectations each and every time.

    I look forward to seeing this show hit the 1′s as of next week. Oh and unlike REVENGE, I actually sat through the entire hour and couldn’t believe the editing mess, garbage writing, and awful direction. Even calling it “horror” is a joke. This isn’t horror. The horror is that a network that has such good history with dramas allowed this show to run for not one but two television seasons. Let’s hope a 3rd isn’t even in their thought process.

    SOA still reigns supreme on FX.

  • Ryan

    South Park back down again; but at least its still over a 1.0.

    @Max how is a 2.2 underperforming? It almost beat everything on broadcast as well. I’d call that a win.

  • John A

    @Max hey Intensity2012 the troll is back.

  • Matt

    Intensity/Max,

    Fx must be so disappointed that they ONLY had the #2 show for the timeslot. Cancellation is imminent.

  • Meanie

    So we move from Jersey Shore to Duck Dynasty. Man I tell you from one pathetic group to the next.

    South Park did decent. My advice to CMDY Central its time to start thinking about life after South Park.

  • S

    Intensity/Max : you’re so funny.

  • Debbie

    Why so late.. I tried staying up to watch American Horror Story, only to fall asleep! 5am comes way to early and I wanted to watch it SO BAD!!! Will the shows be available to watch online??? Thanks!

  • Joe

    @Max

    You should rename yourself “Desperate for Attention”. The show got the same 2.2 that SOA got yesterday. I know you think that show is a huge hit. Once again you are delusional and wrong and look like a moron. Nice try Desperate for Attention.

  • Hubert R.

    Sad day, no King of Queens in top 100.

  • NJ

    @Meanie,

    Well, they are renewed through a 20th season, so I guess in a couple of years they can start thinking about whether or not they renew them for a 21st season. Currently finishing 16th season.

  • Greg

    Yay, I was right about AHS! At least one. :D

  • Michael

    Viewership is irrelevant, but I honestly thought AHS was going to have a little over 5 million viewers.

  • Jared

    Another FX Drama Sons of Anarchy..which has been praised almost weekly for beating out network series received a 2.2 demo on Tuesday night. AHS received the exact same demo. I’m not sure how/why people think that’s considered a flop especially since its up in total viewers and demo compared to the pilot and finale last season. If people don’t like the show..that’s fine..there’s plenty of series that are popular that I don’t like..but to downplay the success regardless if you like it or not is just asinine.

  • sammy

    @Michael

    If you add the encore showing of AHS at 11pm it did get a little over 5 million viewers.

  • The End

    Shame not a great deal of Nielsen viewers are watching Paranormal Witness. It’s a good show that recreates some creepy stories. You can watch it from any point as it has no structure to it, these are just random stories every week and no more.

    If you have nothing to watch at 10pm, look up Paranormal Witness on Wednesdays.

  • Penny

    Loved the episode of AHS. And Max if you think the show is a flop, why did it win the whole night on cable?

  • capslocke

    Anyone know why The Daily Show and Colbert’s ratings are so inflated? Cos that’s highs (by a whole lot) for both

  • LT

    MLB ALCS? The game was postponed. Do those ratings even count?

  • jay

    The Tigers are are 4-0 in game 4 right now. About to sweep those pathetic Yankees lol

  • Jon

    Max aka Intensity 2012….can we not start this bs again? I was expecting u to come back but come on…it’s #1 for the night , got an increase from last years premiere…what were you expecting? Walking Dead numbers? LOL… it also got the same numbers SOA got the night before, so the SOA excuse is waning now.

    I’m glad I was expecting 3.5 million and a 2 but the 2.2 is a nice surprise…I wouldnt be surprised if it hit 3.0 before the season is over.

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