Thursday Cable Ratings: 'Burn Notice' Premiere; It's Always Sunny, Real Housewives, Heat/Celtics, Ravens/Falcons & More

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The season premiere of Burn Notice scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and 4.32 million average viewers. Well below the summer Burn Notice finale which averaged 6.285 million viewers. (don’t forget we have a special page for the show with news, ratings and episode viewing links)

Likely lead along by me, and the poll choices I created, our readers were wildly optimistic in their viewership guesses.

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It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia slipped a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, while  The League increased to a 0.7 rating.

Not surprisingly, as we posted earlier, the NFL Network’s Ravens/Falcons game topped the cable night with a 2.1 rating, but TNT’s NBA Heat/Celtics game also did quite well with a 1.7 rating.

Most cable network executives working hard to program their networks can only look enviously on the average viewership numbers for the Squarepanted one. Absorbent, indeed.

SpongeBob SquarePants
- 6.102 million viewers
- 3.4/6 HH
- 1.2/4 A18-49
- 3.6/12 T12-17
- 8.2/27 K2-11

Those details and more of Thursday’s cable ratings via Travis Yanan:

All ratings above & below are Live+SD (same day DVR viewing up to 3am after the live telecast)

Thursday cable finals

The First 48 (9pm)
- 1.966 million viewers
- 1.3/2 HH
- 0.7/2 A18-49

After The First 48
- 1.659 million viewers
- 1.1/2 HH
- 0.6/2 A18-49

Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills (10pm, 61 minutes)
- 1.745 million viewers
- 1.3/2 HH
- 0.9/3 A18-49

ESPN College Football (7:30pm, 206 minutes)
- 1.776 million viewers
- 1.2/2 HH
- 0.5/1 A18-49

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (31 minutes)
- 1.444 million viewers
- 0.9/2 HH
- 0.9/2 A18-49

The League (31 minutes)
- 1.000 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.7/2 A18-49

Ancient Aliens (10pm)
- 1.226 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

The Fairy Job Mother (9pm)
- 0.329 million viewers
- 0.3/0 HH
- 0.1/0 A18-49

Pranked (10pm)
- 0.841 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49
- 0.5/1 W18-34

Megadrive
- 0.475 million viewers
- 0.3/1 HH
- 0.2/1 A18-49
- 0.2/1 W18-34

NFL Network Football (8:31pm, 191 minutes)
- 5.008 million viewers
- N/A HH (didn’t get NFLN from regular source, other source didn’t have HH, sorry!)
- 2.1/6 A18-49

SpongeBob SquarePants
- 6.102 million viewers
- 3.4/6 HH
- 1.2/4 A18-49
- 3.6/12 T12-17
- 8.2/27 K2-11

TNA: Impact (9pm, 124 minutes)
- 1.632 million viewers
- 1.0/2 HH
- 0.5/2 A18-49

Fact or Faked
- 0.946 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

Police Women of Dallas (9pm)
- 1.328 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.5/1 A18-49

TNT NBA Basketball (8:17pm, 168 minutes)
- 4.230 million viewers
- 2.7/4 HH
- 1.7/5 A18-49

Burn Notice (10pm)
- 4.317 million viewers
- 2.6/5 HH
- 1.5/4 A18-49