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Indiana Jones Raids Weekly Nielsen Cable Ratings

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May 13th, 2008

Raiders of the Lost ArkMore people tuned in for a 27 year old movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark on USA Network last Saturday than any other cable program of the week. Ahead of all the NBA playoffs, WWE Raw and even our yellow and porous friend, SpongeBob was the classic directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas.   All three movies in the Indiana Jones saga placed in the top forty.  Note: this coming Saturday, Sci-Fi (like USA Network, owned by NBC Universal) will do a marathon of all three Indiana Jones movies including Raiders ahead of next week's release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Due to my love of Stargate: SG1, I'm already well-versed in the craze that is crystal skulls.   Moving right along...

The New Orleans Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs match-up last Thursday on ESPN was the top-ranked NBA playoff game on cable for the week, although last Tuesday's matchup featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics on TNT was close behind. 

WWE Raw took the fourth and fifth spots followed by more playoff basketball.   SpongeBob could do no better than ninth, but don't feel badly for the ultra-absorbent one as he garnered the 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 19th spots as well.

An additional airing of Raiders of the Lost Ark came in just ahead of the first (for the week) airing of Indiana Jones and the Lost CrusadeBack at the Barnyard and Mighty B! also made the top 20 for nick.

Not on the list or even in the top 40 was Disney Channel, but more playoffs, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Deadliest Catch, The Hills, nine more SpongeBobs, Back at the Barnyard, iCarly, CNN Election Coverage, another Mighty B! and Family Guy were all among the top forty.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 5/11/2008:

  Show NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH rating Live+SD Viewers (000)
1 MOVIE, USA (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) USA SATURDAY 3.3 5,629
2 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L (HORNETS/SPURS) ESPN THURSDAY 3.4 4,953
3 NBA PLAYOFFS (CAVALIERS/CELTICS) TNT TUESDAY 3.5 4,873
4 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.8 4,711
5 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.6 4,550
6 MOVIE, USA (INDIANA JNS & TEMPLE DOOM) USA SATURDAY 2.7 4,431
7 NBA PLAYOFFS (JAZZ/LAKERS) TNT WEDNESDAY 3.0 4,424
8 NBA PLAYOFFS (SPURS/HORNETS) TNT MONDAY 2.9 4,276
9 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.6 4,204
10 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.5 4,055
11 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3,913
12 MOVIE, USA (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) USA SUNDAY 2.4 3,817
13 MOVIE, USA (INDI JONES N THE LST CRUS) USA SATURDAY 2.4 3,756
14 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3,710
15 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3,682
16 BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK SATURDAY 2.3 3,678
17 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3,670
18 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS L (LAKERS/JAZZ) ESPN FRIDAY 2.6 3,624
19 SPONGEBOB NICK SUNDAY 2.3 3,610
20 MIGHTY B! NICK SATURDAY 2.3 3,602

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