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Obama Beats McCain, Monday Night Football and Yes, Even SpongeBob

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November 11th, 2008

CNN's election night coverage at 11pm trumped all cable programs for the week. President elect Obama may not be yellow and porous, but the coverage of his convincing victory trumped everything and the best SpongeBob could do was 36th (and 37th and 40th).

The Monday Night Football matchup where the Pittsburgh Steelers put the beat down on my beloved Washington Redskins came in number two for the week. And the beat down got the "Redskins Predict Election" myth back on track - it has predicted 18 out of the last 19 elections correctly. Not shabby. Perhaps not as good of a predictor as the "Law of 14", but hey, not everyone can be "fresh".

Other than the football game, the only other program not related to the election to make the top 20 was the iCarly movie, iGo to Japan. Props to iCarly because a rebroadcast of the movie also came in at #23 with 5.02 million.

With numbers that typically would've place them in the top 10 the 9pm airing of WWE Raw was #24 with 4.98 million viewers, Hannah Montana was #26 with 4.94 million, a regular episode of iCarly was #28 with 4.87 million. The NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday night was #34 with 4.61. Still more election coverage and aftermath analysis made up most of the rest of the top 40.

I'm sure the top cable show list will look different on USA Today when they get around to posting it tonight. I'm not sure why in the data we received Nielsen broke up shows like "Election Night ‘08" on CNN into discreet hours (so I added the air time to the table below as well) even though it was really only one show with a multiple hour duration which would normally only be counted as one show. But, you get to see some of the hourly differences which may amuse at least a few of you.

Nielsen's top cable shows for the week ending November 9, 2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Column1 Live+SD HH rating Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 ELECTION NIGHT 08(S)-11/04/2008 CNN TUESDAY 11:00 PM 8.3 15,209
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON L (STEELERS/REDSKINS) ESPN MONDAY 8:30 PM 8.7 14,205
3 ELECTION NIGHT 08(S)-11/04/2008 CNN TUESDAY 9:00 PM 7.0 13,172
4 ELECTION NIGHT 08(S)-11/04/2008 CNN TUESDAY 10:00 PM 6.8 12,409
5 ELECTION NIGHT 08(S)-11/04/2008 CNN TUESDAY 8:00 PM 6.1 11,299
6 ELECTION NIGHT 08(S)-11/04/2008 CNN TUESDAY 12:00 AM 6.1 11,039
7 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC TUESDAY 9:00 PM 5.4 9,454
8 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC TUESDAY 8:00 PM 5.4 9,322
9 ELECTION NIGHT 08(S)-11/04/2008 CNN TUESDAY 7:00 PM 4.9 8,522
10 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC TUESDAY 10:00 PM 4.9 8,304
11 SP RPT/LIVE COVERGE(S)-11/04/2008 MSNBC TUESDAY 11:19 PM 4.2 8,225
12 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC TUESDAY 11:00 PM 4.9 8,047
13 SR/JOHN MCCAIN CONCEDES(S)-11/04/2008 FOXNC TUESDAY 11:18 PM 4.8 7,882
14 iCarly MOVIE: GO TO JAPAN NICK SATURDAY 8:00 PM 4.1 7,599
15 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC TUESDAY 11:00 PM 3.7 7,322
16 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC TUESDAY 7:00 PM 4.4 7,250
17 SP RPT/LIVE COVERGE(S)-11/04/2008 MSNBC TUESDAY 11:58 PM 3.5 7,001
18 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC TUESDAY 10:00 PM 3.4 6,349
19 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC TUESDAY 9:00 PM 3.3 6,090
20 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC TUESDAY 11:29 PM 3.6 5,764

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

 
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