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Cable TV Top 20: The Closer, Cheetah Girls and Law & Order: CI

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August 27th, 2008

Finally, the Nielsen gods have smiled on us and released the weekly top show data into our grubby little hands! When Nielsen data is your "manna from heaven" let there be no doubt that you've sinned at least a little bit...

And If there was any doubt in your mind whether I really have that much more of a preference for 6.445 million vs. 6.4 million, have no doubt! Since atypically I took a look at the "live viewing only" numbers for the week, it is interesting to see that although the Cheetah Girls: One World movie nipped The Closer in live viewing by a mere 9,000 people, nearly three hundred thousand more people watched The Closer on DVR the same night it aired.

As Bill Gorman notes, the performance by the season finale of Law & Order: CI with the Goren/Eames team with 5.15 million viewers eclipsed the ratings of the final installment of the Logan/Wheeler team. Chris Noth's exit as Logan the previous week drew 4.6 million. Considering the Olympic-sized competition, I'd guess USA is happy with the numbers for both airings, and I doubt Chris Noth's ego is bruised much in the process.

Monk and Psych continued to fare well against the Olympics and while many (myself included) originally scratched heads pondering why NBC Universal's own USA Network would "waste" fresh episodes against the Olympics it certainly appears this is another thing that NBC got right. Other than the opening ceremonies on Friday, the other two Olympic Fridays were among the top 3 least-viewed Olympic airings on NBC.

I probably will hold off on the "Secret Life of an American Teen has more viewers than Gossip Girl" post until next week. But "Teen" deserves some credit.

Not in the top 20 table below but in the top 40 were: ten more SpongeBob related airings, the season premiere of The Hills (3.483 million), Hannah Montana (3.443 million), LOTR: Return of the King on TNT (3.348 million), Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place (3.285 million), Bravo's Project Runway (3.202 million), Nick's Back at the Barnyard (3.197 million) and 5 at 5 (3.158 million) and two airings of Law & Order: SVU reruns on USA (3.08 million and 2.901 million).

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

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH Rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 4.3 6,445
2 CHEETAH GIRLS ONE WORLD DSNY FRIDAY 3.6 6,176
3 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA SUNDAY 3.3 5,150
4 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L (BRISTOL, TN) ESPN SATURDAY 3.0 4,997
5 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.9 4,966
6 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.8 4,763
7 SpongeBob THE MOVIE NICK SATURDAY 2.9 4,690
8 MONK USA FRIDAY 2.9 4,577
9 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,977
10 Psych USA FRIDAY 2.5 3,956
11 SECRET LIFE/AMERICAN TEEN FAM TUESDAY 2.4 3,909
12 S Hannah Montana(S)-08/22/2008 DSNY FRIDAY 2.4 3,901
13 Burn Notice USA THURSDAY 2.5 3,864
14 SAVING GRACE TNT MONDAY 2.6 3,779
15 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,729
16 CHEETAH GIRLS ONE WORLD DSNY SATURDAY 2.3 3,680
17 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3,621
18 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.4 3,546
19 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L (BROWNS/GIANTS) ESPN MONDAY 2.5 3,534
20 SPONGEBOB NICK MONDAY 2.1 3,501

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

 
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