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Top Cable Shows Feb 25 - Mar 2: MSNBC Takes Top Spots

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March 4th, 2008

MSNBC had the two most viewed shows on cable for the week even though it was really pretty much the same show from 9pm-11pm last Tuesday broken up into two  segments(one an hour and 36 minutes, and one 24 minutes). USA's WWE: RAW took the next two spots, with Nick's iCarly rounding out the top 5.  

NICK’s iCarlyBetween iCarly and SpongeBob Nickelodeon took 13 out of the top 20 spots.

Bravo's Project Runway made the top 10 at #6 and CBS hit NCIS made the list twice (#9 and #18) via USA.

Disney lovers: you were again shut out of the top 20, but not the top 40.  Phineas and Ferb, Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana all made the top 40 as did Drake & Josh, Zoey 101 and Back at the Barnyard on Nick.

Stargate Atlantis, which was the only thing I watched on cable last week?  Nowhere to be found on the top 40 list...

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 3/02/2008:

RANK Show NET Viewers Live+SD AA(000)
1 DEBATE (DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES) MSNBC 7,777
2 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC 6,732
3 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA 5,150
4 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA 4,903
5 iCarly NICK 4,524
6 Project Runway BRVO 3,964
7 SpongeBob NICK 3,906
8 SpongeBob NICK 3,890
9 NCIS USA 3,885
10 iCarly NICK 3,802
11 SpongeBob NICK 3,651
12 iCarly NICK 3,642
13 SpongeBob NICK 3,542
14 SpongeBob NICK 3,527
15 SPONGEBOB NICK 3,507
16 SPONGEBOB NICK 3,506
17 iCarly NICK 3,472
18 NCIS USA 3,439
19 SPONGEBOB NICK 3,426
20 SPONGEBOB NICK 3,419

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

 
  • Marc

    Hey Robert,

    Thanks for mentioning Stargate Atlantis. I hope the Return of the Beloved Carson Beckett pulled in decent ratings for the show last Friday. The show has been doing better now than the season's first half.

  • Marc

    Hey Robert,

    Thanks for mentioning Stargate Atlantis. I hope the Return of the Beloved Carson Beckett pulled in decent ratings for the show last Friday. The show has been doing better now than the season’s first half.

  • Blaquestarr

    Did any Cartoon Network shows make the top 40?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    No Cartoon Network shows. Here are the only networks that did place a show for the week:

    MSNBC
    USA
    NICK
    BRAVO
    DSNY

    That's it.

  • Blaquestarr

    Did any Cartoon Network shows make the top 40?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    No Cartoon Network shows. Here are the only networks that did place a show for the week:

    MSNBC
    USA
    NICK
    BRAVO
    DSNY

    That’s it.

  • Doug

    I really love this site – saw the address at the USA Today page and am I glad I clicked on it. This place rocks.

    I have a question, though; how come there are overnight ratings for broadcast nets but never any for cable?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Doug, As far as we know overnight cable information is not available publicly. At least we've never *seen* it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Doug, first, thank you!

    if overnight data is available for cable, which I believe it is, you have to pay for it. If Nielsen wasn't releasing the broadcast data all over the Internet, we wouldn't have overnight info for that either and would be limited to weekly info.

  • Doug

    I really love this site – saw the address at the USA Today page and am I glad I clicked on it. This place rocks.

    I have a question, though; how come there are overnight ratings for broadcast nets but never any for cable?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Doug, As far as we know overnight cable information is not available publicly. At least we’ve never *seen* it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Doug, first, thank you!

    if overnight data is available for cable, which I believe it is, you have to pay for it. If Nielsen wasn’t releasing the broadcast data all over the Internet, we wouldn’t have overnight info for that either and would be limited to weekly info.

  • kayarn

    question and a note:

    1. bill or robert do you now how breaking bad is doing in the ratings? i know the first episode did well despite being up against the packers/giants game. ive really enjoyed the show and hope it gets a second season. the finale is sunday and i believe the show just kind of stops mid-steam with episode 7 do the writers strike.

    2. cnn won both viewers and the demo last night in election results. msnbc got 2nd in demo, 3rd in viewers.

    obvious note: fox is the republican channel. there was no republican race. so its numbers were down because only neo-cons watch that network.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    kayarn,

    There was an article in the NYTimes today that's in my delicious list on the right about CNN's ratings boost because of the primaries. They benefit from the upswell of casual elections watchers, but seem likely to drift back behind Fox once election season is over.

    Breaking Bad has never hit our cable top 40 list that we see [and are allowed to publish 20]. The #40 show the week that Breaking Bad premiered had an audience of 2.983m. If I recall correctly, I remember reading that BB's premiere viewership was 1.8m which is quite good for AMC>

  • kayarn

    question and a note:

    1. bill or robert do you now how breaking bad is doing in the ratings? i know the first episode did well despite being up against the packers/giants game. ive really enjoyed the show and hope it gets a second season. the finale is sunday and i believe the show just kind of stops mid-steam with episode 7 do the writers strike.

    2. cnn won both viewers and the demo last night in election results. msnbc got 2nd in demo, 3rd in viewers.

    obvious note: fox is the republican channel. there was no republican race. so its numbers were down because only neo-cons watch that network.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    kayarn,

    There was an article in the NYTimes today that’s in my delicious list on the right about CNN’s ratings boost because of the primaries. They benefit from the upswell of casual elections watchers, but seem likely to drift back behind Fox once election season is over.

    Breaking Bad has never hit our cable top 40 list that we see [and are allowed to publish 20]. The #40 show the week that Breaking Bad premiered had an audience of 2.983m. If I recall correctly, I remember reading that BB’s premiere viewership was 1.8m which is quite good for AMC>

  • RJ

    What were the Disney shows that ranked?

  • RJ

    i see the three shows now, but what were the numbers for them?

  • RJ

    What were the Disney shows that ranked?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    sorry, RJ, but the point of Nielsen not allowing us to publish full data for more than 20 shows is that what we publish isn't for more than 20 shows.

    I won't publish the full #s, sorry — I don't want Nielsen to cut off the access we have. But the shows were 35,36, and 37 out of 40. Does the rest really matter to you? If it does, please e-mail me (robert at tvbythenumbers.com) and let me know why. Thanks.

    P.S. on a viewers basis its worth noting that in most weeks the gap between the #20 show and the #40 show is usually much less than 1 million viewers. this week it was ~600K

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