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Monday Night Football, WWE RAW and SpongeBob lead weekly cable viewing

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December 16th, 2008

Update: The Dexter season finale drew a series high 1.5 million viewers on Showtime on Sunday.

As usual, the NFL was dominant, at least when it aired on ESPN via Monday Night Football. WWE Raw placed all three Monday night airings in the top twenty for USA. Suite Life on Deck placed twice in the top ten for Disney. The Heisman Trophy Presentation, Wizards of Waverly Place and a holiday movie on Hallmark also squeezed into the top ten. And of course the yellow, porous glorious cable wonder that is SpongeBob.

I added some miscellaneous show data for shows outside of the top 20, though they are sorted in descending order, they are not ranked. There may have been dozens of other shows between the shows listed. My selections outside the top 20 were somewhat random. Please note we only saw data for basic cable so don't have any data for HBO, Showtime, etc. I'm not sure how the Dexter final did Sunday night on Showtime and as of this writing (11:00am PST Tuesday, 12/16) I haven't seen the data anywhere else either.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 12/14/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 BUCCANEERS/PANTHERS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:43P 11,582
2 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,839
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:03P 4,745
4 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,508
5 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:30P 4,287
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,194
7 S SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 07:30P-07:55P 4,183
8 HEISMAN TROPHY PRESENT L ESPN Sat 08:00P-09:02P 4,151
9 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4,125
10 MOST WONDERFUL TIME-YEAR HALL Sat 09:00P-11:00P 4,037
11 SpongeBob NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,004
12 S SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 06:30P-07:00P 3,955
13 SpongeBob NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 3,916
14 S SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 07:00P-07:30P 3,910
15 S SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 06:00P-06:30P 3,909
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,872
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 3,853
18 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 3,849
19 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 3,817
20 SANTA CLAUSE 2, THE DSNY Mon 08:00P-09:55P 3,788
Miscellaneous Shows (unranked)
SANTA CLAUS/COMING TO TWN FAM Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,656
2008 - SAINTS VS. BEARS NFLN Thu 08:16P-11:40P 3,558
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3,556
TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND TOON Thu 09:00P-09:30P 3,459
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 3,335
iCarly NICK Wed 07:00P-07:30P 3,268
LEVERAGE TNT Tue 10:00P-11:00P 3,114
Top Chef BRAV Wed 10:00P-11:15P 3,021
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN Fri 10:00P-10:30P 2,934
FAIRLY ODD PARENTS NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 2,863
JEFF DUNHAM: ARGUING CMDY Fri 10:30P-11:30P 2,831
GHOST HUNTERS SCIF Wed 09:00P-10:00P 2,813
SUNS/LAKERS ESPN Wed 10:36P-01:07A 2,294
HILLS, THE MTV Mon 10:00P-10:30P 2,281
TRUE JACKSON, VP NICK Thu 06:30P-07:00P 2,187
STAR WARS:CLONE WARS TOON Fri 09:00P-09:30P 2,145
GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED ESPN Sat 09:02P-10:55P 1,811

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

 
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