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 numbers: The 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|
|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|
|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|
|18||THE OREILLY FACTOR||FOXNC||WEDNESDAY||2.9||4,303|
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved