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Top Cable Shows Feb 18-24: NICK is King of Cable

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February 26th, 2008

Odd Baby

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:

RANK PROGRAMS NET Live+SD AA(000)
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
4 MONK USA 6,877
5 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA 5,757
6 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA 5,482
7 SpongeBob NICK 5,326
8 COLL BASK REGLR SEASON L (TENNESSEE/MEMPHIS) ESPN 5,281
9 FOP MOVIE FAIRLY ODD BABY NICK 4,821
10 SPONGEBOB NICK 4,749
11 SPONGEBOB NICK 4,271
12 SPONGEBOB NICK 4,265
13 SPONGEBOB NICK 4,248
14 iCarly NICK 4,228
15 SPONGEBOB NICK 4,205
16 ZOEY 101 NICK 4,040
17 SPONGEBOB NICK 3,945
18 SPONGEBOB NICK 3,823
19 FOP MOVIE FAIRLY ODD BABY NICK 3,814
20 SPONGEBOB NICK 3,802

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

 
  • Michael Tarpey

    I'll gladly hail Nick. Soon as they bring Avatar back. :(

  • Michael Tarpey

    I’ll gladly hail Nick. Soon as they bring Avatar back. :(

  • RJ

    No Disney Shows in the top 40? Holy crap that HAS to be a first.

    I havent watch Fairly Oddparents in awhile, but I DID watch this, and did like it.

  • RJ

    No Disney Shows in the top 40? Holy crap that HAS to be a first.

    I havent watch Fairly Oddparents in awhile, but I DID watch this, and did like it.

  • Blaquestarr

    WOW!! Nickelodeon took 13 of the top 20 spots. I must be out of it (actually a FOP fan, but didn't catch the movie…) because I did not see that coming. o_O

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Spongebob, iCarly, Zoey 101 and other Nick shows are always 20ish members of the top 40 cable shows that we see each week.

    What varies from week to week is how well the competition does.

    With strong competition, the Nick shows can be somewhat crowded out of the top 20.

    On weeks like this one, the competition is weaker and the omnipresent Nick shows move up to fill the top 20.

  • Blaquestarr

    WOW!! Nickelodeon took 13 of the top 20 spots. I must be out of it (actually a FOP fan, but didn’t catch the movie…) because I did not see that coming. o_O

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Spongebob, iCarly, Zoey 101 and other Nick shows are always 20ish members of the top 40 cable shows that we see each week.

    What varies from week to week is how well the competition does.

    With strong competition, the Nick shows can be somewhat crowded out of the top 20.

    On weeks like this one, the competition is weaker and the omnipresent Nick shows move up to fill the top 20.

  • Marc

    Not sure if this is allowed to be posted so please remove if I am in the wrong, thanks. Here are some ratings for this week officially released by SCI FI. Here is the top 10 SCI FI ratings if anyone is interested..

    ECW 1.4
    Ghost Hunters International 1.3
    Stargate Atlantis 1.2
    Living Hell 1.2
    Alone in the Dark 1.0
    Asteroid Part 1 1.0
    Firefly 1.0
    Asteroid Part 2 1.0
    Ghost Hunters 1.0
    Meteor 0.9

    Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 2/18/08 — 2/24/08

    My favorite show Stargate Atlantis, seemed to just miss the top spot once again. Hopefully this is good enough for the network.

  • Marc

    Not sure if this is allowed to be posted so please remove if I am in the wrong, thanks. Here are some ratings for this week officially released by SCI FI. Here is the top 10 SCI FI ratings if anyone is interested..

    ECW 1.4
    Ghost Hunters International 1.3
    Stargate Atlantis 1.2
    Living Hell 1.2
    Alone in the Dark 1.0
    Asteroid Part 1 1.0
    Firefly 1.0
    Asteroid Part 2 1.0
    Ghost Hunters 1.0
    Meteor 0.9

    Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 2/18/08 — 2/24/08

    My favorite show Stargate Atlantis, seemed to just miss the top spot once again. Hopefully this is good enough for the network.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    while you can't project HH to viewers easily, if we use the CW finale on 2/21 as a comparison it did:

    CW Supernatural 3.22m 1.3/3 (18-49) 2.3 HH

    If they have comprable viewers per screen, Atlantis did about half…

    And Marc, it's definitely good enough. There'll be another season of Atlantis!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    while you can’t project HH to viewers easily, if we use the CW finale on 2/21 as a comparison it did:

    CW Supernatural 3.22m 1.3/3 (18-49) 2.3 HH

    If they have comprable viewers per screen, Atlantis did about half…

    And Marc, it’s definitely good enough. There’ll be another season of Atlantis!

  • Marc

    Hi Robert,

    Atlantis has been pulling in between 1.7 to 1.9 million viewers for their 2nd half from what I have read. A 1.2 HH usually gets them about 1.7+ million viewers. Well Season 5 was picked up on lower ratings back in the Season 4 first half. So this is a good sign that ratings upicked. I hope they don't put most of the reason on the strike though. I think the finale was excellent and leaves a lot of anticipation for next season. Hopefully these ratings are good enough for a Season 6, which we should know by the summer when Season 5 airs. Anyway thanks for the comparisons!

  • Marc

    Hi Robert,

    Atlantis has been pulling in between 1.7 to 1.9 million viewers for their 2nd half from what I have read. A 1.2 HH usually gets them about 1.7+ million viewers. Well Season 5 was picked up on lower ratings back in the Season 4 first half. So this is a good sign that ratings upicked. I hope they don’t put most of the reason on the strike though. I think the finale was excellent and leaves a lot of anticipation for next season. Hopefully these ratings are good enough for a Season 6, which we should know by the summer when Season 5 airs. Anyway thanks for the comparisons!

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