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Updated: NFL, Future President and Boston Red Sox lead Weekly Cable Viewing

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October 14th, 2008

To no one's great surprise Monday Night Football was again the most watched program on cable for the week. Although more people watched the presidential debate than the football game, it was spread out over multiple channels. CNN averaged the most viewers for the debate with 9.228 million, followed closely by Fox with 8.773 million. Post debate coverage rounded out the top five.

The Boston Red Sox helped TBS place three games in the top ten, and TBS is no doubt hoping the series versus Tampa Bay goes seven games.

Both WWE Raw airings scored over 4.5 million. The best SpongeBob could do this week was number twenty with 4.16 million though the yellow and porous one scored another ten airings between numbers 21-40.

Ranked by viewers, the season premiere of South Park was #30 with 3.729 million.

Though we didn't get the data for it from Nielsen, we've seen from other sources that Friday's episode of the Star Wars: Clone Wars had 2.8 million viewers and that The Sarah Silverman Program had 2.4 million (thanks to "Rich from Aussie land").

A Few Updates with additional numbersThe Starter Wife: 2.6 million, Rock of Love: 2.4 million, Dirty Jobs, 1.5 million, The Real Housewives of Atlanta: 656,000.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 10/12/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH Rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L (VIKINGS/SAINTS) ESPN MONDAY 7.1 10,975
2 SR/PRES DEBATE 2 2008(S)-10/07/2008 CNN TUESDAY 5.4 9,228
3 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE(S)-10/07/2008 FOXNC TUESDAY 5.3 8,773
4 ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC TUESDAY 4.6 7,645
5 Anderson Cooper 360 CNN TUESDAY 4.5 7,633
6 MLB ALCS (RED SOX-RAYS 1) TBSC FRIDAY 4.1 6,689
7 MLB ALCS (RED SOX-RAYS 2) TBSC SATURDAY 3.8 6,089
8 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CVG(S)-10/07/2008 FOXNC TUESDAY 3.7 5,773
9 MLB DIVISION SERIES (ANGELS-RED SOX 4) TBSC MONDAY 3.6 5,720
10 PRES DEBATE/ANALYSIS(S)-10/07/2008 FOXNC TUESDAY 3.3 5,432
11 Anderson Cooper 360 CNN TUESDAY 2.9 4,596
12 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.5 4,540
13 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.6 4,521
14 Wizards of Waverly Place DSNY SUNDAY 2.8 4,399
15 Hannity & COLMES FOXNC WEDNESDAY 2.9 4,392
16 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC TUESDAY 3.0 4,366
17 Hannah Montana DSNY SUNDAY 2.8 4,363
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC WEDNESDAY 2.9 4,303
19 Project Runway BRVO WEDNESDAY 2.9 4,226
20 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 2.7 4,161

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

 
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