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Nielsen Ratings Cable TV Top 20: Home Run Hit for ESPN

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July 22nd, 2008

Note: earlier I inadvertently posted the live numbers rather than the live plus same day DVR numbers (the most common Nielsen currency these days).  I apologize for any confusion this may have caused, especially if as a result your favorite show was underreported!

While many baseball pundits suggest that it’s time to nix the Home Run Derby from the MLB All Star Game week festivities, that hardly seems likely. Over two hour and forty minutes worth of the 2008 Home Run Derby averaged 9.116 million over 1.3 million more than The Closer’s 7.809 million. And those are no shabby numbers for The Closer. So yeah, Home Run Derby will be around a while.

The Home Run Derby intro of about nine minutes wound up being counted separately and it placed third. Monk, USA’s highest rated show for the week came in fourth and Avatar: Sozin’s Comet came in fifth with 5.585 million viewers. Avatar also took the 13-15 spots. Burn Notice and In Plain Sight continue to do well for USA, though not as well as Saving Grace (#6, 5.156 million)

Not in the top 20 list below but in the Top 40 were seventeen SpongeBob airings, one Family Guy (#23), a repeat of The Closer (#25) and the Celebrity Softball Game from the All Star Game festivities (#36).

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

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 HOME RUN DERBY ESPN MONDAY 5.5 9,116
2 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 5.2 7,809
3 HOME RUN DERBY PRE ESPN MONDAY 3.8 6,030
4 MONK USA FRIDAY 3.6 5,639
5 AVATAR: SOZINS COMET NICK SATURDAY 3.1 5,585
6 SAVING GRACE TNT MONDAY 3.5 5,156
7 Psych USA FRIDAY 3.0 4,890
8 Burn Notice USA THURSDAY 3.3 4,865
9 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA SUNDAY 3.1 4,834
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.8 4,789
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.6 4,715
12 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA SUNDAY 3.2 4,688
13 AVATAR NICK FRIDAY 2.7 4,530
14 AVATAR NICK THURSDAY 2.5 4,230
15 AVATAR: BOILING ROCK NICK WEDNESDAY 2.4 3,971
16 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA SUNDAY 2.6 3,890
17 Hannah Montana DSNY SUNDAY 2.5 3,797
18 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 2.4 3,748
19 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY SUNDAY 2.5 3,693
20 Army Wives LIF SUNDAY 2.6 3,653

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

 
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