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Nielsen Ratings: Weekly Top Shows (Cable Networks)

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April 22nd, 2008

WWE RAW on USA NetworkThough our porous and yellow friend was tied for second in household rating, when it came to total viewers USA's WWE Raw and NCIS along with VH1's Rock of Love all put the Smackdown on NICK's SpongeBob which came in at #5 (and 8, 9,10, 11 and 17!).  MTV's The Hills took sixth.  NCIS is very popular on USA networking taking the 12th and 19th spots in addition to #3.

Disney's Spy Kids makes the list at #13 and props to Discovery channel for placing not one, but two airings of Deadliest Catch on the list at #14 and #20.

In addition to all the SpongeBob airings, NICK placed two episodes of Back at the Barnyard (#15 and #16).

The NBA playoff game Sunday night featuring the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtic was #18. 

Not on the list but in the top forty shows were 10 more SpongeBobs, two more Back at the Barnyards, two more airings of NCIS, and two Fairly Odd Parents airings.   Law & Order: SVU and House each placed a single airing on the list. 

Two other NBA playoff games from Saturday night that aired on ESPN were also in the top 40 - the Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets game and the Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Hornets game where Chris Paul threw down 35 points and had 10 assists.   Both games did just over 3.1 million viewers.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 4/20/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH Rating Live+SD Viewers(000)
1 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.8 4703
2 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.7 4390
3 NCIS USA SATURDAY 2.4 4059
4 ROCK OF LOVE 2 VH1 SUNDAY 2.4 4031
5 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.7 3983
6 HILLS, THE MTV MONDAY 2.4 3956
7 NCIS USA SATURDAY 2.4 3832
8 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.7 3702
9 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.6 3698
10 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 2.5 3648
11 SPONGEBOB NICK SUNDAY 2.4 3640
12 NCIS USA SATURDAY 2.3 3555
13 SPY KIDS DSNY SATURDAY 2.2 3539
14 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC TUESDAY 2.2 3531
15 BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK SUNDAY 2.3 3506
16 BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3430
17 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3430
18 NBA PLAYOFFS (HAWKS/CELTICS) TNT SUNDAY 2.2 3430
19 NCIS USA SATURDAY 2.3 3388
20 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC TUESDAY 2.1 3388

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