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Obama and CNN Best 'The Closer' and NASCAR on Cable

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September 3rd, 2008

Led by Barack Obama’s acceptance speech and other coverage of the Democratic National Convention, CNN took the top spot and seven of the top ten in this week’s top twenty. Fox News' best placement was at number 12, though FNC took two other spots in this week’s top twenty. MSNBC’s best placement was thirteenth, it’s only spot in the top 20 (or for that matter the top forty). Racking up over 7.4 million viewers, The Closer took the second spot.

I’m not sure if WWE Raw really ran on SciFi on 8/25 (something seems quite appropriate about that and NBC Universal owns both SciFi and USA) but that’s what Nielsen listed in the spreadsheet. While ranked 33rd out of 40 shows on a households ratings basis, because it gets more viewers per household, it shot up all the way to number 15 when ranked by viewers.  Update via commenter Bryan:  It did run on SciFi because US Open Tennis coverage aired on USA Network, though it also aired delayed on USA as well.

A sampling of popular shows not in the top 20, but among the top 40 (we’re limited by Nielsen to publishing tables of only 20 shows, sorry!) were Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place with 3.739 million, ABC Family’s Secret Life of An American Teen (3.649 million), Bravo’s Project Runway with (3.547 million) and a slew of SpongeBob and other convention coverage.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 08/31/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH Rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/28/2008 CNN THURSDAY 5.1 8,056
2 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 4.9 7,415
3 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L (PEPSI 500 AT CALIFORNIA) ESPN SUNDAY 3.3 5,638
4 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/28/2008 CNN THURSDAY 3.8 5,529
5 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/27/2008 CNN WEDNESDAY 3.5 5,375
6 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/27/2008 CNN WEDNESDAY 3.3 4,926
7 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/26/2008 CNN TUESDAY 3.3 4,802
8 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/25/2008 CNN MONDAY 2.9 4,525
9 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/28/2008 CNN THURSDAY 2.9 4,319
10 SAVING GRACE TNT MONDAY 3.0 4,268
11 SR/DNC 2008(S)-08/25/2008 CNN MONDAY 2.8 4,240
12 YOU DEC 08-DEM CONVENTION(S)-08/28/2008 FOXNC THURSDAY 2.7 4,229
13 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC THURSDAY 2.4 4,097
14 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) SCIFI MONDAY 2.3 4,091
15 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.6 4,090
16 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L (SEAHAWKS/CHARGERS) ESPN MONDAY 2.7 4,005
17 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,973
18 Hannah Montana DSNY SUNDAY 2.5 3,920
19 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC FRIDAY 2.7 3,909
20 HAPPENING NOW FOXNC FRIDAY 2.6 3,859

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

 
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