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Tuesday Cable Ratings: NBA Basketball Wins Night, 'Doctor Who', 'Rizzoli & Isles', 'Leverage' & More

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December 27th, 2012

 

 

NBA Basketball was Christmas's highest rated original cable program with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. On the scripted front, Rizzoli & Isles earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating,  Leverage earned a 0.7 and Doctor. Who: Snowmen earned a 0.6 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. 

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 Viewers (000) (Live + SD) Adult 18-49 Rating (Live + SD)
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 3869 1.6
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 3870 1.5
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 10:00 AM 3847 1.5
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 12:00 PM 3739 1.5
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 3632 1.5
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 12:00 PM 3777 1.5
SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 2:39 PM 3548 1.4
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 9:00 PM 3407 1.4
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 3515 1.4
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 2:00 PM 3353 1.3
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:30 PM 3236 1.3
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 8:00 AM 3047 1.3
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:00 PM 2921 1.2
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2575 1.1
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 7:00 PM 2933 1.1
MOVIE, USA USA 8:00 PM 2745 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2505 1.0
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 10:35 PM 2309 1.0
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 4:00 PM 2816 1.0
AFTERNOON MOVIE FAM 1:00 PM 2404 1.0
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:30 PM 2563 1.0
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC 6:00 PM 2619 1.0
AFTERNOON MOVIE FAM 3:00 PM 2547 0.9
NBA REGULAR SEASON     L ESPN 7:59 PM 2385 0.9
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1838 0.8
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 9:00 PM 4422 0.8
TBS MORNING MOVIE TBSC 6:00 AM 1561 0.8
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:15 AM 1673 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2006 0.7
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1883 0.7
LEVERAGE TNT 10:00 PM 3039 0.7
MORNING MOVIE FAM 11:00 AM 1568 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1808 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 10:30 PM 1862 0.7
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:00 PM 1796 0.7
Storage Wars AEN 9:30 PM 1812 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:00 PM 1653 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:30 AM 1532 0.6
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN 3:00 PM 1568 0.6
DOCTOR WHO: SNOWMEN BBCA 9:00 PM 1434 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:00 PM 1488 0.6
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:30 PM 1732 0.6
MOVIE, USA USA 5:21 PM 1909 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:09 AM 1338 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 1836 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1594 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 11:30 PM 1479 0.6
MOVIE, USA USA 2:32 PM 1860 0.6
Storage Wars AEN 11:01 PM 1438 0.6
MOVIE, USA USA 9:50 PM 1690 0.6
FRIENDS NAN 12:00 AM 1452 0.6
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 6:00 PM 1505 0.6
MOVIE, USA USA 11:58 AM 1663 0.6
STORAGE WARS AEN 11:31 PM 1400 0.6
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:01 AM 1307 0.5
KILLER KARAOKE TRU 10:00 PM 1164 0.5
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 5:00 PM 1529 0.5
JEFF DUNHAMS VERY SPECIAL CMDY 8:01 PM 1494 0.5
Conan TBSC 11:00 PM 1116 0.5
FX MOVIE LATE FX 12:00 AM 1176 0.5
MOVIE, USA USA 9:25 AM 1442 0.5
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 9:00 PM 1455 0.5
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 7:30 PM 1316 0.5
MICKEYS TWICE UPON A CHRI DSNY 10:15 AM 1882 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 6:30 PM 2076 0.5
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 6:30 PM 1061 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 12:31 AM 1124 0.5
CHRISTMAS MARATHON FX 10:00 AM 1171 0.5
Chopped FOOD 10:00 PM 1208 0.5
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:30 PM 1366 0.5
HARDCORE PAWN TRU 7:00 PM 1179 0.5
CHRISTMAS MARATHON FX 4:00 PM 1197 0.4
CHRISTMAS MARATHON FX 12:00 PM 1243 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1344 0.4
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 10:00 PM 1177 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:30 PM 1125 0.4
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 8:00 PM 1435 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1386 0.4
American Restoration HIST 9:30 PM 1303 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 7:00 PM 1011 0.4
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 11:00 PM 1593 0.4
American Restoration HIST 10:00 PM 1286 0.4
American Restoration HIST 11:32 PM 1015 0.4
American Restoration HIST 9:00 PM 1375 0.4
CHRISTMAS MARATHON FX 2:00 PM 1094 0.4
American Restoration HIST 10:31 PM 1186 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:00 PM 1305 0.4
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 3:00 PM 1087 0.4
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 7:00 PM 1205 0.4
Undercover Boss TLC 10:00 PM 1092 0.4
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 8:00 PM 1992 0.4
COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS AMC 8:00 PM 2118 0.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES SPECIAL TNT 7:07 PM 1936 0.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES SPECIAL TNT 5:20 PM 1720 0.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES SPECIAL TNT 4:27 PM 1590 0.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES SPECIAL TNT 6:14 PM 1713 0.3
COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS AMC 3:00 PM 1779 0.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES SPECIAL TNT 3:33 PM 1438 0.3
COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS AMC 11:00 PM 1619 0.3
COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS AMC 1:00 AM 1490 0.3

To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

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

 
  • SJ

    Am I missing something? Why was Leverage cancelled? A .7 rating on cable on Christmas Day is suddenly a bad thing?

  • Sharon

    Because wanted a reason to cancelled the show so it move the and people really know mit was back on. tnt want to put junk is it place that why no matter anyone say.

  • CharlieSheen

    I was surprised on the Leverage cancellation as its not an underperforming series.

    NBA games did very well this year on ABC/ESPN.

  • Zillajay23

    I’m surprised Doctor Who was so low it was a great special I guess it’s just not as big still in the US.

  • DonJ1973

    Leverage’s numbers are actually still quite good. Unless TNT was only taking into account Sundays numbers from this past summer for their cancellation decision.

    I don’t think Timothy Hutton’s salary was so ridiculous and it probably doesn’t cost that much to shoot in Portland. I’m guessing that TNT wants to add something new since they have alot of Pilots waiting in the wing (I can think of 2…the one starring Eric Dane and the other starring Sean Bean) and something had to go.

  • rob60990

    Leverage was pulling quite a few .5s, which is bad for TnT originals. Wasn’t that the series finale? Of course it would get a bump.

  • Freddy Arrow

    Leverage’s cancellation is probably a very good example of why this site doesn’t like to predict the fate of cable shows. Ratings obviously don’t tell enough of the story to be terribly predictive.

  • sipawitz

    what the hell did sharon say?

  • Meanie

    Is NBA really profitable w/ those numbers. Cause compared to MNF those numbers are laughable & TNT payed a multi-billion dollar deal to telecast some of there games.

    TNT is doing good with R&I. Old ppl love them some TNT I tell ya.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Gonna miss Leverage. It was a great finale, with great references to the original pilot episode (Sophie finally did McBeth correctly – because it was part of the con! :-) ), and the return of Mark Shephard as Jim Sterling. It would have been even nicer if they’d done what they did last season and bring in EVERYBODY from earlier shows. And it would have served as a season finale given the last minute had they been renewed.

    Definitely one of the best shows on TV in the last five years.

  • Dan S

    At least Leverage wrapped up nicely with no loose ends. I’ll have whatever Sharon is having, it’s been a long day

  • Uktvfan

    Zillajay23, the 1.43 million viewers for The Snowmen is the second-highest single telecast in the history of BBC America, beaten only by the Doctor Who S7 premiere, which had 1.55 million viewers. I think last year’s Christmas special was under 1 million, so this is quite an improvement, and I’m sure BBC America is thrilled with 1.43 million viewers, especially on Christmas night.

  • david

    Good to see R and I up for it season finale. A Christmas Story on TBS did good this year again.

  • Derrick

    I am gonna miss leverage, although, im pretty sure I remember 2 full episodes where Hardison wanted to lead the team. I thought he would be in the chair at the end.

  • Alec

    ya, I think I was expecting a little bit higher for Doctor Who. But then, Americans don’t really watch TV on Christmas. That’s a very British thing; from what I hear, it’s a kind of British tradition to just watch TV all day on Christmas. That’s why they have so many Christmas day specials… Meanwhile, it’s just a bunch of re-runs here in the US

  • silvit

    TNT originals did bad, What everybody is saying? When repeats of TBBT get 1.6, when they generally get lower ratings, the Christmas excuse doesn’t stand. Even the movie on USA did better than the usual SVU repeats, so it’s not that people don’t watch cable on Christmas. They just don’t watch TNT. Well, at least not young people… :-)

    Leverage was TNT lower rated show with F&B, but it must have been more expensive given its age. That’s why it was canceled.

  • Chris L

    Wow, TBS must be bitterly disappointed with the 2a, 4a and 6a airings of A Christmas Story. :)

  • Steve

    Good for Doctor Who; that was the best Christmas episode they’ve done since the series revival.

  • Harma

    I thought Doctor Who would do better, the special was great but they made this years mystery to easy to figure out.

  • Uktvfan

    For those wishing that Doctor Who would have done better, it did — 1.434 million/0.6 for this year’s Christmas special versus 0.933 million/0.4 last year. That’s quite a jump, and BBC America is surely pleased.

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