NFL, Drake & Josh, The Librarian, WWE Raw and Leverage lead cable

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December 9th, 2008

As usual, Monday Night Football took top cable honors, but between multiple airing of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh and the porous and yellow wonder that is SpongeBob, Nickelodeon took eleven of the top twenty spots.

TNT had a good week, and for all the talk about the success of the new Timothy Hutton series, Leverage (#5), the real kudos go to the movie The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, which was #3 for the week. The movie was directed by Jonathan Frakes, Commander William Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation! Between TNG, his directing career and marrying Genie Francis ("Laura" of General Hospital fame), Frakes is having a nice run at life! I don't know why, but I'm always happy to see Star Trek alum do well, even behind the camera.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 12/07/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 JAGUARS/TEXANS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:43P 8,897
2 MERRY X-MAS, DRAKE & JOSH NICK Fri 08:00P-10:00P 8,095
3 LIBRARIAN:CURSE/JUDAS TNT Sun 08:00P-10:00P 5,440
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 5,072
5 LEVERAGE TNT Sun 10:00P-10:58P 4,987
6 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 07:30P-08:00P 4,932
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,881
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,824
9 MERRY X-MAS, DRAKE & JOSH NICK Sat 11:00A-01:00P 4,763
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 07:00P-07:30P 4,478
11 MERRY X-MAS, DRAKE & JOSH NICK Sun 07:00P-09:00P 4,315
12 MERRY X-MAS, DRAKE & JOSH NICK Sat 07:00P-09:00P 4,156
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 12:00P-12:30P 4,123
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,094
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 12:30P-01:00P 4,066
16 FLIRTING WITH FORTY LIFE Sat 09:00P-11:00P 4,053
17 LIBRARIAN:RTN KNG SOLMON TNT Sun 06:00P-08:00P 3,963
18 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE XMAS FAM Mon 08:00P-10:30P 3,857
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 06:30P-07:00P 3,817
20 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 3,800

Other airings of note:

  • The Polar Express, Disney: 3.521 million
  • House of Payne, TBS: 3.517 million
  • The Christmas Choir, Hallmark: 3.394 million
  • An Accidental Christmas, Lifetime: 3.011 million
  • Back at the Barnyard: The Uddered Avenger, Nickelodeon: 2.915 million
  • Hannah Montana, Disney: 2.874 million
  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear: 2.864 million
  • Chowder, Cartoon Network: 2.696 million
  • Fairly Odd Parents, Nickelodeon: 2.647 million
  • Storm Chasers, Discovery: 2.441 million
  • Sky High, Disney: 2.438 million
  • Ball State/Buffalo, ESPN 2: 2.402 million
  • Little People, Big World, The Learning Channel: 2.117 million
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars: Cartoon Network: 1.951 million
  • Sanctuary, SciFi: 1.538 million
  • Stargate: Atlantis, SciFi: 1.489 million
  • Ancient Discoveries: History Channel: 1.477 million
  • Pardon the Interruption, ESPN (Monday): 1.271 million
  • Around the Horn, ESPN (Friday): .968 million

Please note: as of press time, I had only seen data for basic cable (no HBO, Showtime, etc). You can make requests for particular show info in the comments if you wish, but we can't promise to respond with the data.

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

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