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Updated: Monday Night Football, Wizards of Waverly, Bill O'Reilly and WWE Raw SpongeBob Lead Weekly Cable Viewing

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October 29th, 2008

Oh where or where has my SpongeBob spreadsheet gone? Oh where oh where can it be?

Nielsen has been spotty with updating the spreadsheets lately with the normal way that we access the data. I don't think Nielsen treats us any worse than The Modesto Bee, but we don't get better treatment either! I didn't see any weekly cable ratings on the Modesto Bee either, but they did rerun a Contra Costa Times story comparing 30 Rock to Will & Grace that focuses on ratings that you might enjoy.

Unsurprisingly, Monday Night Football led all cable viewing for the week ending October 26, 2008, with the Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots game garnering 10.8 million. According to the USA Today (which has a SpongeBob -less list) the Wizards of Waverly Place took the number two spot, followed by The O'Reilly Factor and both airings of WWE Raw. A couple of more O'Reilly Factors, more Wizardly airings, iCarly, college football , House reruns on USA, High School Musical (1 & 2) and Suite Life on Deck also placed.

One of these days, we'll get the spreadsheet and whip up an easy-to-read table, but in the meanwhile you can hop over to the USA Today's ratings charts. Scroll down for the cable results...

Update: Ok, the spreadsheet showed up. My first thought is: "Wow, I can't believe the anti-SpongeBob bias of the USA Today!"

I'd say that they are factoring out everything but new airings of shows, but, it included House reruns. My best guess is it is factoring out non first-run episodes aimed at young children. Either way, its list was SpongeBob-free this week and we have three of the yellow and porous one's airing in the top ten, and five in the top 20!

Here's the absorbent, SpongeBob-laden version of Nielsen's top cable shows for the week ending October 26, 2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Live+SD HH Rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L (BRONCOS/PATRIOTS) ESPN MONDAY 7.0 10,822
2 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY SUNDAY 3.0 4,920
3 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.7 4,685
4 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY SUNDAY 2.9 4,587
5 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.7 4,418
6 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC WEDNESDAY 2.9 4,390
7 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.8 4,354
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.5 4,320
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 2.5 4,238
10 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC THURSDAY 2.8 4,171
11 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.4 4,109
12 S WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLAC(S)-10/26/2008 DSNY SUNDAY 2.6 3,991
13 iCarly NICK SATURDAY 2.3 3,978
14 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 DSNY THURSDAY 2.5 3,969
15 BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,949
16 HOUSE USA SUNDAY 2.4 3,941
17 HOUSE USA SUNDAY 2.5 3,939
18 COLL FTBALL-SAT PRIME L (ALABAMA/TENNESSEE) ESPN SATURDAY 2.4 3,939
19 SPONGEBOB NICK SATURDAY 2.5 3,918
20 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC MONDAY 2.7 3,884

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

 
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