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Weekly Top Cable Networks: August 25-31, Cable News Tops

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September 3rd, 2008

Cable News Feasts on Democratic Convention

Breaking USA Network's near stranglehold on the top prime-time spot, with the Democratic National Convention behind it CNN claimed the top spot in the prime-time cable network average viewer ranking with an average of 3.152 million prime-time viewers. Fox News was second with 2.836 million, and MSNBC wasn't far behind at #8 with 1.586 million.

Convention or not, no one beats Nickelodeon (and SpongeBob) for the #1 spot for Total Day cable viewers. This week Nickelodeon won with an average of 2.186 million. Fox News came the closest among the newsers at #3 with 1.441 million viewers.

Top Cable Networks by Primetime Viewers:


Rank Network Average Viewers Live+SD (million)
1 CNN 3.152
2 Fox News 2.836
3 TNT 2.620
4 ESPN 2.564
5 Disney 2.338
6 TBSC 1.867
7 Nick at Nite 1.788
8 MSNBC 1.586
9 Cartoon 1.452
10 SCIFI 1.449
11 Hallmark 1.406
12 ABC Family 1.356
13 SPIKE 1.300
14 A&E 1.285
15 Lifetime 1.264
16 Discovery 1.218
17 HGTV 1.188
18 FX 1.098
19 History 1.053
20 USA 1.038

Top Cable Networks by Total Day Viewers


Rank Network Average Viewers Live+SD (million)
1 Nickelodeon 2.168
2 Nick at Nite 1.568
3 Fox News 1.441
4 Disney 1.432
5 TNT 1.326
6 CNN 1.200
7 Cartoon 1.162
8 Adult Swim 1.084
9 ESPN 1.005
10 TBS 0.899
11 Lifetime 0.823
12 SPIKE 0.813
13 Hallmark 0.724
14 USA 0.723
15 Discovery 0.702
16 A&E 0.687
17 FX 0.659
18 MSNBC 0.657
19 TruTV 0.637
20 HGTV 0.604

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

 
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