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BCS Championship Tops Cable Viewership for 2012; 'Hatfields & McCoys' Most Watched Scripted Program

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January 3rd, 2013

 

The BCS Championship was the most watched cable program of 2012 with 24.433 million viewers. Part three of the miniseries Hatfieleds & McCoys was the top scripted program with 17.902 million viewers.

Rank Date Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 1/9/2012 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP  L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:24P 24433
2 1/9/2012 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP SUST L ESPN Mon 11:24P-11:36P 21849
3 5/30/2012 HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST Wed 09:00P-11:00P 17902
4 1/2/2012 ROSE BOWL  L ESPN Mon 05:07P-08:42P 17603
5 5/28/2012 HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST Mon 09:00P-11:06P 17106
6 10/1/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:40P 16692
7 5/29/2012 HATFIELDS & MCCOYS HIST Tue 09:00P-11:05P 16445
8 12/3/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:45P 16306
9 9/24/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:58P 16231
10 12/26/2011 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:52P 15714
11 9/17/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-12:10A 15582
12 12/10/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:29P-11:40P 14548
13 10/8/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:44P 14096
14 10/28/2012 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 14048
15 12/2/2012 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 13793
16 1/2/2012 FIESTA BOWL  L ESPN Mon 08:47P-12:28A 13785
17 1/9/2012 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Mon 08:16P-08:30P 13686
18 11/25/2012 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 13621
19 11/11/2012 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 13514
20 6/9/2012 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS  L ESPN Sat 08:34P-11:18P 13450
21 10/14/2012 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 13410
22 11/4/2012 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 13049
23 10/21/2012 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 12934
24 10/15/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:51P 12909
25 11/5/2012 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:41P 12908

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  • srfan

    Will we be seeing a similar list for broadcast? Or have I missed it?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Will we be seeing a similar list for broadcast? Or have I missed it?”

    Cable’s stats are mostly compiled on a calendar year basis, so that’s how we see them. Broadcast follows its own year which begins in late September and so any yearly (as opposed to “broadcast season”) averages we see are Sept-Sept.

  • Yobb

    What are this numbers ???
    Are you sure it’s Live + Same Day and not Live + 7 Days ?
    Because The Walking Dead best numbers are under 11 million, not 14 million, unless you include repeats or DVR.
    Could we have more information of what represent this numbers ?

  • Fed

    Top 10 single broadcast telecasts of 2012 would be Superbowl, NFL Playofs, multiple Olympics daily coverage and Grammy /Oscar awards.

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