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Weekly Top Cable Shows Update

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August 26th, 2008

Unfortunately we have not yet seen the normal LIVE+SD numbers for the weekly top cable shows yet. In order that we might post something, here is the data based only on LIVE viewing.

Typically we report Live+SD (same day DVR viewing) numbers as they are the most common numbers reported by Nielsen. I'm reporting the following numbers only so that we might have some data available until we can access the Live+SD data.

You will not want to compare these numbers to any other numbers you may see around the internets or to last week's numbers or any other prior week as it wouldn't be a fair comparisons. The same day DVR viewing can account for quite a bit of a show's overall numbers. For example this week's #1 show on a LIVE basis was the Cheetah Girls: One World movie on Disney, which had 5.66 million viewers on a live basis. But it had 6.2 million viewers including the same night DVR viewing which amounts to around 10% in that example (I only know about that because we saw the data reported elsewhere). It's possible the DVR viewing the same night for The Closer was even bigger and that it will be the #1 show in the final analysis with same day DVR viewing baked in.

I will do a completely updated post once we have the data, but here's the week's top 20 based on live viewing only. I'm sorry for the delay.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 08/24/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live HH rating Viewers Live (000)
1 CHEETAH GIRLS ONE WORLD DSNY FRIDAY 3.3 5,664
2 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 3.8 5,655
3 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L (BRISTOL, TN) ESPN SATURDAY 2.9 4,842
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.8 4,815
5 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA SUNDAY 3.0 4,759
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.7 4,591
7 SpongeBob THE MOVIE NICK SATURDAY 2.9 4,584
8 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,939
9 MONK USA FRIDAY 2.6 3,934
10 S HANNAH MONTANA(S)-08/22/2008 DSNY FRIDAY 2.4 3,771
11 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,683
12 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.3 3,559
13 CHEETAH GIRLS ONE WORLD DSNY SATURDAY 2.2 3,542
14 Psych USA FRIDAY 2.3 3,532
15 SAVING GRACE TNT MONDAY 2.4 3,503
16 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.3 3,493
17 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L (BROWNS/GIANTS) ESPN MONDAY 2.4 3,423
18 SPONGEBOB NICK TUESDAY 2.1 3,388
19 OLYMPICS USA SUNDAY 2.3 3,350
20 SPONGEBOB NICK SUNDAY 2.3 3,347

Once again, these are LIVE viewing numbers only and not the normally reported LIVE+SD (same day DVR viewing) numbers, so you won't want to compare them to any other numbers, except perhaps the LIVE+SD numbers themselves to see how much same day DVR viewing accounts for.

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

 
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