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Top Cable November 12-18: All Hail SpongeBob

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November 20th, 2007

SpongeBobIt's not unusual for SpongeBob to be all over the cable top 20, but with the debut of the SpongeBob movie, Atlantis SquarePantis our squarepanted friend is soaring to new highs -- taking seven out of the top ten spots, and almost, but not quite, the top spot. Of course if you add up all the individual airings, Bob rules.

Also of note are the diminishing MNF ratings.  It's been all over the map this year, but while Monday Night Football retained the top spot, it fell below nine million viewers.  Last week it was around ten million and two weeks ago it was over fourteen million.  Do you blame the matchups or Tony Kornheiser?  I loved Kornheiser in the Washington Post, and Gorman and I both love him on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption. But on MNF? Not so much.

CNN lands a rare top 20 appearance with the Democrat's Presidential Debate and Hannah Montana doesn't make the list (she was #21)

Full Cable Top 20 November 12-November 18, 2007:

RANK PROGRAMS NET Live+SD AA(000)
1 Monday Night Football (49ERS/SEAHAWKS) ESPN 8,958
2 SpongeBob Movie: Atlantis Squarepantis NICK 8,757
3 SpongeBob NICK 5,959
4 Behind the Pantis NICK 5,769
5 SpongeBob NICK 5,369
6 SpongeBob NICK 5,278
7 SpongeBob Movie: Atlantis Squarepantis NICK 5,197
8 WWE Raw USA 5,103
9 SpongeBob NICK 4,989
10 WWE Raw USA 4,959
11 SpongeBob NICK 4,862
12 SpongeBob NICK 4,611
13 SpongeBob NICK 4,595
14 SpongeBob NICK 4,503
15 Back at the Barnyard NICK 4,303
16 Back at the Barnyard NICK 4,286
17 SpongeBob NICK 4,282
18 The Hills MTV 4,237
19 Democratic Debate 11/15/2007 CNN 4,036
20 Thur Night NCAA Football (OREGON/ARIZONA) ESPN 3,881

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    I, for one, welcome our new squarepanted overlord. ;)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    I, for one, welcome our new squarepanted overlord. ;)

  • Michael Tarpey

    Hmmm, a Spongebob special really did a number. Hopefully Avatar's Day of Black Sun can pull off similar numbers next Friday, it more than deserves them.

    Oh, and I blame the MNF numbers on the low profile teams. Wait for the results of Broncos/Titans, I guarantee they'll be up.

  • Ryan Vinson

    Avatar probably won't hit that big with its special, sadly. It was leaked onto the internet a week and half ago, and hasn't yet been eradicated from the internet. Also, Nick will surely do a miserable job advertising for it, just like they've miserably advertised for all of this final season (They didn't play “New season coming!” commercials until a week ahead of it).

    Frankly, Avatar deserves much better than Nickelodeon.

    P.S. The Day of Black Sun is incredibly amazing, from the buzz on the internet, just so ya know. ;D WATCH IT!

  • Michael Tarpey

    Hmmm, a Spongebob special really did a number. Hopefully Avatar’s Day of Black Sun can pull off similar numbers next Friday, it more than deserves them.

    Oh, and I blame the MNF numbers on the low profile teams. Wait for the results of Broncos/Titans, I guarantee they’ll be up.

  • Ryan Vinson

    Avatar probably won’t hit that big with its special, sadly. It was leaked onto the internet a week and half ago, and hasn’t yet been eradicated from the internet. Also, Nick will surely do a miserable job advertising for it, just like they’ve miserably advertised for all of this final season (They didn’t play “New season coming!” commercials until a week ahead of it).

    Frankly, Avatar deserves much better than Nickelodeon.

    P.S. The Day of Black Sun is incredibly amazing, from the buzz on the internet, just so ya know. ;D WATCH IT!

  • someone

    I wonder why avatar isn't up there but spongebob is. avatar is a way better show.

  • someone

    I wonder why avatar isn’t up there but spongebob is. avatar is a way better show.

  • Mark

    MNF ratings are probably just a result of the matchups. I don't think football fans really care who the announcers are — if it's a big game, they'll tune in.

  • Monika

    wow, look at all that Spongebob… It's sad, but I agree with Ryan. Nearly all the Avatar episodes have leaked, or been released earlier in other countries.

  • Mark

    MNF ratings are probably just a result of the matchups. I don’t think football fans really care who the announcers are — if it’s a big game, they’ll tune in.

  • Monika

    wow, look at all that Spongebob… It’s sad, but I agree with Ryan. Nearly all the Avatar episodes have leaked, or been released earlier in other countries.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    I agree with Mark. And Monday Night Football is stuck with its schedule, while in the last half of the season Sunday Night Football is not.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    I agree with Mark. And Monday Night Football is stuck with its schedule, while in the last half of the season Sunday Night Football is not.

  • Emi

    I definitely agree that Nickelodeon has done a terrible job of advertising the 3rd season of Avatar. If they put in half the effort for advertising Avatar that they have for freakin spongebob, Avatar's ratings would be a lot better. It almost seems that their lack of advertising is deliberate at this point… To anyone who's not familiar with Avatar, go watch it now! Your life will never be the same.

  • Emi

    I definitely agree that Nickelodeon has done a terrible job of advertising the 3rd season of Avatar. If they put in half the effort for advertising Avatar that they have for freakin spongebob, Avatar’s ratings would be a lot better. It almost seems that their lack of advertising is deliberate at this point… To anyone who’s not familiar with Avatar, go watch it now! Your life will never be the same.

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  • Synie

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    Speaking for myself, I downloaded all of the episodes early on the internet… but I STILL watched each episode as it aired every Friday. I agree with the above poster that Nickelodeon has done a piss poor job of advertising the show, and that's partially why the ratings have not been as good as they could be.

    Avatar is the BEST American show alive right now. Everyone should be watching Avatar.

  • Synie

    I don’t think Avatar has been doing BAD in the ratings, but it’s been very steady since the start of season 3. I don’t believe for a second that the episodes being leaked on the internet have hurt the ratings much at all.
    Speaking for myself, I downloaded all of the episodes early on the internet… but I STILL watched each episode as it aired every Friday. I agree with the above poster that Nickelodeon has done a piss poor job of advertising the show, and that’s partially why the ratings have not been as good as they could be.

    Avatar is the BEST American show alive right now. Everyone should be watching Avatar.

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