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ALCS Game 7 More Watched than MNF, Future President and SpongeBob

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October 21st, 2008

With 13.357 million viewers, game seven of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays not only was the most watched baseball game in the history of cable television, it also was the most-watched program on cable all week. Congrats to TBS, who rebounded from a technical glitch Saturday night to have its best playoff baseball ratings ever on Sunday night.

We'll cut J.A. Adande some slack for rounding that 13.357 million up to 14 million viewers on today's Around the Horn, but come down on the side of Tim Cowlishaw who argued this year's World Series would be the lowest-rated World Series EVER. We agree.

Game sevens are always good for ratings, especially when the Red Sox are involved, but these numbers surprised me. They eclipsed even the Monday Night Football game (which featured the New York football Giants).

The top half of the top twenty was more baseball with games 5 and 6 of the ALCS, debate coverage (where Fox narrowly bested CNN), and post-debate coverage. SpongeBob still made it into the top 10 with an extra-absorbent 7.666 million viewers for last Monday's 8pm episode (the 8:30 episode garnered 5.778 million).

Not in the list below but among the data we saw were iCarly (4.376 million), 13 more SpongeBobs, the Michigan at Penn St. football game (4.291 million), the Naked Brothers Band season premiere (Nielsen had this listed as "NBB Movie Mystery Girl "on Nick (4.031 million), two additional O'Reilly Factor airings (last Monday and Thursday), and also on Fox News Channel, last Thursday's Hannity & Colmes with 3.42 million. Army Wives checked in at #40 with 3.360 million. Check back as we'll likely update the post with updates of shows that were not in the top forty data that we see.

Update 10/22/08 6:30AM PDT: TLC's Jon and Kate Plus 8 drew 3.2 million viewers,  Lifetime Movie: Living Proof drew 2.2 million, Comedy Central's Chocolate News premiere drew 2.2 million.  Crash on Starz and Encore last Friday drew 449,000.

Update #2: 10/22/08 6:30PM PDT: (with a hat tip to "Drake", and "Travis Yanan"  via Marc Berman's forums:

Mad Men                              1.0/2   0.5/1         N/A
True Blood (53 minutes)              1.2/2   1.1/3   2,098,000
Entourage (27 minutes)               1.0/2   0.9/2   1,586,000
LITTLE BRITAIN USA (29 minutes)      0.3/1   0.3/1     447,000
Army Wives                           2.4/4   1.3/3   3,360,000
Dexter (54 minutes)                  0.5/1   0.3/1     863,000
Californication (28 minutes)         0.3/1   0.2/0     469,000
ACLS GAME 7 (231 minutes)           7.9/13  4.7/12  13,357,000

Our sources at AMC say Sunday's Mad Men had 1.4 million viewers.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 10/19/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 MLB ALCS (RED SOX-RAYS 7) TBSC SUNDAY 7.9 13,357
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON L (GIANTS/BROWNS) ESPN MONDAY 7.2 11,422
3 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE(S)-10/15/2008 FOXNC WEDNESDAY 5.5 9,068
4 SR/PRES DEBATE 3 2008(S)-10/15/2008 CNN WEDNESDAY 5.4 8,931
5 MLB ALCS (RED SOX-RAYS 6) TBSC SATURDAY 5.4 8,928
6 Anderson Cooper 360 CNN WEDNESDAY 4.8 7,795
7 SpongeBob NICK MONDAY 4.3 7,666
8 ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXNC WEDNESDAY 4.6 7,394
9 MLB ALCS (RAYS-RED SOX 5) TBSC THURSDAY 4.7 7,211
10 SpongeBob NICK MONDAY 3.3 5,778
11 MLB ALCS (RAYS-RED SOX 4) TBSC TUESDAY 3.8 5,732
12 SpongeBob NICK MONDAY 3.1 5,041
13 PRES DEBATE/ANALYSIS(S)-10/15/2008 FOXNC WEDNESDAY 3.1 4,800
14 Project Runway BRVO WEDNESDAY 3.2 4,787
15 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC WEDNESDAY 3.1 4,651
16 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.7 4,612
17 Anderson Cooper 360 CNN WEDNESDAY 3.0 4,573
18 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.6 4,519
19 MLB ALCS (RAYS-RED SOX 3) TBSC MONDAY 3.0 4,499
20 COLL FTB TONIGHT SCOREB L ESPN SATURDAY 2.7 4,395

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

 
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