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Nielsen Ratings Cable TV Top 20: The Closer Still Dominates Summer Cable

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August 5th, 2008

The Closer continued its cable dominance last week hauling in 7.36 million viewers for TNT. NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing continues to perform well for ESPN landing in the second spot with 6.19 million. Both hours of WWE Raw took the third and fourth spots, and a new Law & Order: CI was fifth with 4.93 million.

Burn Notice, Monk, Psych, and In Plain Sight all pulled more than four million viewers for USA, as did Saving Grace for TNT. Lifetime's Army Wives also had more than four million viewers, as did yet another airing of The Incredibles for Disney. SpongeBob took the fourteenth, sixteenth, eighteenth and nineteenth slots on the list for Nickelodeon and Princess Diaries 2 annd Studio DC: Almost Live took the fifteenth and seventeenth spots for Disney. An airing of Family Guy on Adult Swim rounded out the top 20.

We get the top 40 weekly rankings for cable, but Nielsen only allows us to publish lists of 20, so that's what you see below. But we feel that it's OK to tell you that SpongeBob took 12 out of the 21-40 slots, and that iCarly took three of them, with Fairly Odd Parents and Mighty B! scoring one airing each. Bravo's Project Runway was thirty-third with 3.29 million and the Lifetime Movie Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleaders was thirty-ninth with 3.042 million. Disney's Suite Life of Zack & Cody rounded out the top 40 with 3.038 million viewers.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 08/03/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 4.8 7,358
2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L (POCONO) ESPN SUNDAY 3.8 6,191
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 3.2 5,524
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.9 4,985
5 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA SUNDAY 3.2 4,926
6 Burn Notice USA THURSDAY 3.2 4,863
7 SAVING GRACE TNT MONDAY 3.2 4,778
8 Hannah Montana DSNY SUNDAY 2.9 4,624
9 MONK USA FRIDAY 2.9 4,605
10 Psych USA FRIDAY 2.7 4,290
11 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA SUNDAY 2.8 4,223
12 Army Wives LIF SUNDAY 3.0 4,181
13 INCREDIBLES, THE DSNY MONDAY 2.6 4,136
14 SpongeBob NICK THURSDAY 2.3 3,895
15 PRINCESS DIARIES 2 DSNY SUNDAY 2.6 3,877
16 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,730
17 STUDIO DC: ALMOST LIVE(S)-08/03/2008 DSNY SUNDAY 2.3 3,692
18 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 2.3 3,639
19 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,618
20 Family Guy ADSM WEDNESDAY 2.4 3,616

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

 
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