Though 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|
|4||ROCK OF LOVE 2||VH1||SUNDAY||2.4||4031|
|15||BACK AT THE BARNYARD||NICK||SUNDAY||2.3||3506|
|16||BACK AT THE BARNYARD||NICK||SATURDAY||2.5||3430|
|18||NBA PLAYOFFS (HAWKS/CELTICS)||TNT||SUNDAY||2.2||3430|
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