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Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Ink Master' Wins Night + 'Storage Wars', 'WWE SmackDown', 'Hardcore Pawn', 'Storage Wars: Texas' & More

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December 19th, 2012

 

 

Ink Master was the night's highest rated cable program with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Storage Wars came in second, also earning a 1.3.

 

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. 

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.

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

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
Big Bang Theory, THE- TBSC 10:00 PM 3.39 1.5
Big Bang Theory, THE- TBSC 9:00 PM 3.24 1.4
Big Bang Theory, THE- TBSC 8:30 PM 3.10 1.4
Big Bang Theory, THE- TBSC 9:30 PM 3.17 1.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE- TBSC 10:30 PM 2.99 1.4
INK MASTER- SPIKE 10:01 PM 2.36 1.3
Family Guy- ADSM 11:30 PM 2.74 1.3
Storage Wars- AEN 9:30 PM 3.61 1.3
Family Guy- ADSM 11:00 PM 2.70 1.2
WWE Smackdown- USA 8:00 PM 3.33 1.2
Storage Wars- AEN 9:00 PM 3.22 1.1
INK MASTER- SPIKE 9:00 PM 2.01 1.1
BIG BANG THEORY, THE- TBSC 8:00 PM 2.46 1.1
Hardcore Pawn- TRU 9:00 PM 2.65 1.0
BIG SCREEN MOVIE- FAM 8:00 PM 2.46 0.9
Storage Wars TEXAS- AEN 10:00 PM 2.65 0.9
Robot Chicken- ADSM 12:00 AM 1.84 0.9
American Dad- ADSM 10:30 PM 2.03 0.8
Robot Chicken- ADSM 12:15 AM 1.63 0.8
SpongeBob- NICK 6:30 PM 3.38 0.8
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 7:00 PM 2.20 0.7
BIG SCREEN MOVIE- FAM 10:00 PM 1.76 0.7
RIZZOLI & ISLES- TNT 9:00 PM 3.42 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 1:00 PM 1.62 0.7
STORAGE WARS- AEN 10:30 PM 2.09 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 6:00 PM 1.91 0.7
SpongeBob- NICK 5:30 PM 3.36 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 3:00 PM 1.91 0.7
MOVIE, USA- USA 10:00 PM 1.42 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 2:00 PM 1.65 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 4:00 PM 2.02 0.6
Hardcore Pawn- TRU 9:30 PM 1.78 0.6
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE- DISC 10:00 PM 1.23 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 5:00 PM 1.89 0.6
SpongeBob- NICK 6:00 PM 3.15 0.6
American Dad- ADSM 10:00 PM 1.74 0.6
Hardcore Pawn- TRU 8:30 PM 1.55 0.6
STORAGE WARS- AEN 11:01 PM 1.62 0.6
SEINFELD- TBSC 7:30 PM 1.49 0.6
SpongeBob- NICK 4:30 PM 2.90 0.6
INK MASTER- SPIKE 7:59 PM 1.11 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 12:00 AM 1.45 0.6
LEVERAGE- TNT 10:00 PM 2.23 0.6
SPONGEBOB- NICK 5:00 PM 3.27 0.6
TOSH.O- CMDY 10:00 PM 1.05 0.6
TOSH.O- CMDY 10:30 PM 1.01 0.6
SEINFELD- TBSC 7:00 PM 1.23 0.6
INK MASTER- SPIKE 12:05 AM 0.97 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 12:00 PM 1.29 0.6
FRIENDS- NAN 11:33 PM 1.24 0.6
APOCALYPSE 2012 REV- DISC 9:00 PM 1.35 0.5
CAUGHT RED HANDED- TRU 10:00 PM 1.57 0.5
STORAGE WARS- AEN 8:30 PM 1.80 0.5
MANKIND STORY OF US- HIST 9:00 PM 1.68 0.5
Pardon The Interruption- ESPN 5:30 PM 1.12 0.5
STORAGE WARS- AEN 1:31 AM 1.27 0.5
STORAGE WARS- AEN 11:31 PM 1.44 0.5
KING OF QUEENS- TBSC 6:30 PM 1.14 0.5
INK MASTER- SPIKE 11:04 PM 0.91 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 11:00 AM 1.30 0.5
BUBBLE GUPPIES- NICK 11:00 AM 1.68 0.5
CAUGHT RED HANDED- TRU 10:30 PM 1.32 0.5
Chopped- FOOD 10:00 PM 1.33 0.5
Hardcore Pawn- TRU 8:00 PM 1.32 0.5
FRIENDS- NAN 12:06 AM 1.08 0.5
STORAGE WARS- AEN 8:00 PM 1.59 0.5
BUBBLE GUPPIES- NICK 11:30 AM 1.72 0.5
Conan- TBSC 11:00 PM 0.98 0.5
FRIENDS- TBSC 5:30 PM 1.07 0.5
RIZZOLI & ISLES- TNT 11:00 PM 1.71 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES BEV HILLS- BRVO 9:48 PM 1.11 0.5
FRIENDS- NAN 11:00 PM 1.13 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 10:00 AM 1.30 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 9:00 AM 1.21 0.5
CURIOSITY- DISC 8:00 PM 1.44 0.5
STORAGE WARS- AEN 1:01 AM 1.15 0.5
Daily Show- CMDY 11:00 PM 0.91 0.4
STORAGE WARS TEXAS- AEN 2:01 AM 1.07 0.4
TEAM UMIZOOMI- NICK 12:00 PM 1.63 0.4
TWO/HALF MEN- FX 7:30 PM 1.08 0.4
KING OF QUEENS- TBSC 6:00 PM 1.02 0.4
CSI- USA 1:00 AM 1.08 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L- ESPN 6:00 PM 0.80 0.4
STORAGE WARS- AEN 7:30 PM 1.25 0.4
STORAGE WARS- AEN 12:31 AM 1.15 0.4
FRIENDS- TBSC 5:01 PM 0.98 0.4
STORAGE WARS- AEN 7:00 PM 1.09 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 8:00 AM 1.13 0.4
STORAGE WARS- AEN 12:01 AM 1.22 0.4
Mentalist, THE- TNT 7:00 PM 1.56 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU- USA 2:00 AM 0.95 0.4
APOCALYPSE 2012 REV- DISC 11:00 PM 0.85 0.4
MY THREE WIVES- TLC 10:00 PM 0.87 0.4
BIG SCREEN MOVIE- FAM 5:30 PM 1.10 0.4
BONES- TNT 5:00 PM 1.34 0.4
LEVERAGE- TNT 12:00 AM 1.17 0.3
BONES- TNT 4:00 PM 1.36 0.3
BONES- TNT 3:00 PM 1.15 0.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES- TNT 8:00 PM 1.26 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS WHERE NOW- HGTV 10:00 PM 1.15 0.3

To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

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

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @David: I’ve written about this in the past, I think regarding USA shows airing Nov-Dec. Though I’m sure TNT would’ve liked higher ratings, airing originals in Nov-Dec is about grabbing the X-mas related ad dollars.

  • MVProductions44

    I wish WWE would wake up and realize that fans have spoken and we are saying that we want to see Smackdown live on Tuesdays instead of the pre-taped shows we get on Fridays! This was the best Smackdown rating in a long time and live shows are always more exciting than pre-taped because basically anything can happen instead of being able to go to these wrestling sites and look up spoilers for Friday results!

  • silvit

    “Though I’m sure TNT would’ve liked higher ratings”

    Hence the moving of the shows to an all summer schedule. Even Men of a Certain Age did better in the winter just 2 years ago. They are just too weak of a show to face competition. I also think we will see a further drop in the summer vs last summer, maybe getting the same numbers they are getting now.

    I’m curious to see the Dallas ratings in January, obviously hoping for the worst. :D

    Stop with the cheesy stuff! We are on cable in 2012 for God’s sake! ;-)

  • nightmare

    WE all know that Storage Wars is fake so why do people keep watching this garbage I just wish it was canceled

  • silvit

    @Nightmare

    For the same reasons people watch scripted stuff: entertainment. They know scripted stuff is not real, yet they get invested in it as if it was. Everything on the media is fake because everything has to pander.

    Having said that, I agree on the cancellation thing, but just because it’s boring.

  • sara

    R an I SHOULD BE ON ON AT 10PM. It did better when it was on later and it tends to get better rating during the summer run when there is less competition from the networks.
    The show has gotten pretty predictable though.

  • Nick

    The numbers on BBT are incredible. Does anyone recall if Seinfeld had similar or stronger numbers when it first went into syndication?

  • silvit

    @Sara

    It will never be moved back at 10. They will use it to launch new shows, like they did this year. It’s a win-win for TNT, not so much for the show that is “forced” to be a self starter in a very weak TNT schedule (the SVP of USA noticed that afternoon repeats of SVU tied R&I in the demo, something that TNT can’t manage to do with its repeats)

    I agree that being at 10 could help the show as far as the storylines/tone are concerned (I don’t watch the show, but obviously being at 10 gives them more freedom -and no, not in the way Richard keeps repeating ;-) )

    Shows on cable should be different, not predictable,that’s not what people want from cable, they already have that on broadcast tv :D, but that could explain the drop in viewers (or maybe it was only the finale of The Voice).

    One thing is certain: it skew old and they should find a way to fix that. And a conservative approach -tone, storylines, characters- is not the answer. Not in 2012.
    As I wrote last week, it should be a character based show instead of a procedural (again, don’t watch the show, but I’m going by what people wrote here). Obviously being on TNT this has zero chance of happening. :D

    Lastly, yes it did better at 10 but it also had the aid of The Closer.

  • Irish Townie

    planting little nuggets on storage wars killin them man…..phoney show, i never watch now

  • WWERULES!!!

    wow smack down way up from it’s regular friday slot

  • WWERULES!!!

    I ALSO AGREE MVPRODUCTIONS44 but it won’t happen because it’s too close to monday nights but i can dig tuesday night smackdown

  • Ike

    @Amanda & @Robert et al.: You’re missing the word “original” in the text. It should read “Ink Master was the night’s highest rated original cable program.”

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