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Nielsen Ratings Weekly Cable TV Top 20: NASCAR Races Back to Top Spot

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July 9th, 2008

NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing at Daytona was the most-watched show on cable last week with almost 6.4 million viewers. WWE Raw, NASCAR post-race coverage and Law & Order: CI rounded out the Top 5. Gorman favorite In Plain Sight, Sunday Night Baseball featuring the Yankees and the Sawx, Wizards of Waverly Place and Army Wives on also ranked high. A rerun of Law & Order: SVU on USA was the tenth most-watched program of the week.

Indeed for the week the Law & Order franchise seemed to encroach on SpongeBob. Ten out of the weekly top forty were in the Law & Order Franchise. SpongeBob managed only twelve out of forty this week.

Life Size and Hannah Montana joined the Waverly Wizards in the top 20 for Disney.

Shows not in the list below or already mentioned above but in the top 40: Family Guy, Drake and Josh, and Design Star III – a rare appearance in the top 40 for HGTV which came in at #35 with 2.937 million viewers.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 07/06/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 SPRINT CUP RACING/DAYTONA TNT SATURDAY 3.8 6,390
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 3.0 5,282
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.9 5,019
4 NASCAR POST RACE SHOW TNT SATURDAY 3.0 4,904
5 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA SUNDAY 3.3 4,882
6 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA SUNDAY 3.0 4,584
7 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT L (RED SOX/YANKEES) ESPN SUNDAY 2.7 4,125
8 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY SUNDAY 2.6 3,841
9 Army Wives LIF SUNDAY 2.7 3,787
10 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA SUNDAY 2.6 3,787
11 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3,722
12 LIFE SIZE DSNY SUNDAY 2.5 3,624
13 Hannah Montana DSNY SUNDAY 2.3 3,602
14 SpongeBob NICK MONDAY 2.2 3,592
15 SpongeBob NICK MONDAY 2.2 3,552
16 SPONGEBOB NICK MONDAY 2.1 3,519
17 SPONGEBOB NICK WEDNESDAY 2.3 3,513
18 SUNDAY MOVIE (HARRY POTTER/GOBLET) FAM SUNDAY 2.1 3,494
19 SPONGEBOB NICK MONDAY 2.1 3,446
20 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC TUESDAY 2.1 3,407

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