What a difference a week makes. On Monday, 12/3, ESPN's Monday Night Football generated the largest cable audience ever, averaging 17.52 million viewers for that telecast. But last Monday's (12/10) match-up between the hapless Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints drew the lowest numbers (8.45 million) in Monday Night Football's thirty-seven year history. The previous low was also this year -- an October 15 matchup between the New York Giants and the still hapless Falcons. Will the Vick-less Falcons be invited back to Monday Night Football next year? We think not.
MNF was still the number one program for the week, but an extra hour (for a total of three) of WWE RAW to mark its 15th anniversary led USA to winning the cable primetime battle for supremacy.
Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 12/16/2007:
|RANK||PROGRAMS||NET||Viewers Live+SD (000)|
|1||MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (SAINTS/FALCONS)||ESPN||8,449|
|9||LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG)||USA||4,335|
|10||MOVIE: THE INCREDIBLES||FAM||4,303|
|12||POLAR EXPRESS, THE||DSNY||4,140|
|13||LOTR: RETURN OF THE KING||TNT||4,074|
|14||HILLS LIVE AFTERSHOW||MTV||4,034|
|18||SPONGEBOB ATLANTIS PANTIS||NICK||3,751|
|19||I LOVE NEW YORK 2||VH1||3,620|
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