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Nielsen Ratings Cable TV Top 20: The Closer, Nascar and Miley Cyrus

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July 29th, 2008

Dang, who knew!? I mean I was all over a marathon weekend of catching up on season one of Mad Men and its season two premiere on Sunday night (2.1 million viewers in the final tally), but completely missed out on Next Food Network Star which pulled in 4.5 million viewers on Sunday and cracked into the top 10 for the week.

I loved Mad Men, but unsurprisingly even though it was up more than double from last year's average, it didn't break into the Top 40. I'll cut it some slack because it faced off against In Plain Sight (4.2 million, #14), Army Wives (3.6 million, #21) and ESPN's Sunday Night game where the New York Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park (#13, 4.2 million).

The Closer, in usual summertime fashion was perched in the top spot with nearly 7.1 million viewers followed by the NASCAR fiasco at the Brickyard in Indianapolis which pulled in 6.67 million.

A Hannah/Miley "best of both worlds" concert in 3D to boot, was the third most watched show of the week with nearly 5.9 million. Miley Cyrus is smarter than some give her credit for. She's mumbling publicly about how long she wants to continue to Hannah while everybody and their mother is apparently throwing money at her. My guess is that Disney will throw as much money at her as it possibly can to keep her around. Monk, Psych and WWE Raw were strong as usual for USA, and TVbytheNumbers favorite, Burn Notice took the six spot with almost 4.8 million viewers.

A bad week for our absorbent pal, SpongeBob. His best showing was #20! Bob still managed to place 11 airings in the weekly top 40 though. Not already mentioned or in the list below but also in the top 40: Deadliest Catch on Discovery (3.56 million), Design Star III on HGTV (3.45 milllion), a couple of Family Guy airings (3.4 million and 3.2 million), Drake and Josh (3.35 million) and a Law & Order: SVU repeat (3.4 million).

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 07/27/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 4.7 7,058
2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L (BRICKYARD 400) ESPN SUNDAY 4.3 6,668
3 HANNAH & MILEY:BEST OF DSNY SATURDAY 3.0 5,864
4 MONK USA FRIDAY 3.1 5,062
5 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 3.0 4,961
6 Burn Notice USA THURSDAY 3.0 4,760
7 SAVING GRACE TNT MONDAY 3.1 4,571
8 FOOD NETWORK STAR FOOD SUNDAY 2.8 4,508
9 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.7 4,494
10 Psych USA FRIDAY 2.8 4,484
11 iCarly NICK FRIDAY 2.7 4,446
12 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA SUNDAY 2.9 4,321
13 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT L (YANKEES/RED SOX) ESPN SUNDAY 2.8 4,230
14 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA SUNDAY 2.8 4,174
15 INCREDIBLES, THE DSNY SUNDAY 2.4 3,922
16 CAMP ROCK DSNY THURSDAY 2.4 3,913
17 iCarly NICK FRIDAY 2.3 3,815
18 TBS PRIME MOVIE (LAST HOLIDAY) TBSC SUNDAY 2.4 3,813
19 S Hannah Montana(S)-07/26/2008 DSNY SATURDAY 2.3 3,768
20 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 2.4 3,716

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

 
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