When it comes to cable, my knowledge base would be wider if like Mr. Gorman I had some young ones crawling around. But I'm not sure even Bill had ever heard of NICK's "Fairly Odd Parents" or that it had spawned a movie, Fairly Odd Baby.
But the Odd Baby beat out the Democrat Debates, Anderson Cooper, the season finale of Monk (which had great numbers), WWE, SpongeBob and the NCAA matchup of then #1 Memphis vs. then #2 Tennessee (great game!).
These are some of the bigger numbers we've seen in the weekly cable rankings. Fairly Odd Baby took the number one and number nine most viewed spots, adding in #19 for good measure. Despite this, SpongeBob still made his presence known with nine placements on our weekly top 20.
For those curious (as I was) about where Shaq vs. Kobe ranked when the Lakers of Los Angeles took on the Suns from Phoenix last week, it was 26th on a viewers basis with 3.62 million viewers watching ESPN on a Wednesday evening. It was #20 on a HH ratings basis.
If you would have thrown in the 450K or so who watched on the local Arizona Fox Sports Net affiliate, it would have had over 4 million viewers and easily made the top 20. But Nielsen doesn't count things that way. Either way, it was a fun game to watch.
NICK placed FOURTEEEN out of the TOP 20 SHOWS. Perhaps the CW should start airing SpongeBob reruns. Or Zoey, who even on cable kicks Gossip Girl's broadcast network butt.
All hail Nickelodeon. Disney Channel placed no shows on the weekly top 40 this week.
Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 2/24/2008:
|1||FOP MOVIE FAIRLY ODD BABY||NICK||8,809|
|2||SR/TEXAS DEM DEBATE(S)-02/21/2008||CNN||7,576|
|3||ANDERSON COOPER 360(S)-02/21/2008||CNN||7,044|
|5||WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE RAW)||USA||5,757|
|6||WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE RAW)||USA||5,482|
|8||COLL BASK REGLR SEASON L (TENNESSEE/MEMPHIS)||ESPN||5,281|
|9||FOP MOVIE FAIRLY ODD BABY||NICK||4,821|
|19||FOP MOVIE FAIRLY ODD BABY||NICK||3,814|
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