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NFL, WWE RAW and Undercover Christmas lead weekly cable viewing

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December 23rd, 2008

Two NFL games -- one on ESPN 's Monday Night Football and one on the NFL Network topped this week's charts. Given that a week ago Sunday's game featuring the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants pulled over 23 million for NBC, we can only imagine how many more people might have watched Saturday night's Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys game if more people had access to the NFL Network. As it was, fewer than six million watched (though that was a significant increase over the Colts/Jaguars game which is also on the list at #15). We can also only imagine what CBS, Fox, ABC or NBC might have been willing to pay to air that game, but it's fun to think about. WWE Raw and the Lifetime movie, Undercover Christmas rounded out the top five.

I added a bunch 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 (though I did include the four most-watched shows on SciFi and the most-watched airings of my two favorite shows on ESPN, which might not have been random). Please note we only saw data for basic cable so don't have any data for HBO, Showtime, etc.

Full Top 20 Cable Results for the week ending 12/21/2008:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 BROWNS/EAGLES ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:31P 9,882
2 2008 - RAVENS VS. COWBOYS NFLN Sat 08:16P-11:40P 5,759
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 5,003
4 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,982
5 UNDERCOVER CHRISTMAS LIFE Sun 07:00P-09:00P 4,725
6 SpongeBob NICK Sat 12:00P-12:30P 4,441
7 SpongeBob NICK Tue 05:30P-06:00P 4,174
8 SpongeBob NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 4,165
9 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,137
10 SpongeBob NICK Sat 12:30P-01:00P 4,099
11 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,068
12 iCarly NICK Sat 01:00P-01:30P 4,064
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:30P-06:00P 4,004
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:00P-05:30P 3,923
15 2008 - COLTS VS. JAGUARS NFLN Thu 08:16P-11:07P 3,886
16 iCarly NICK Wed 06:30P-07:00P 3,882
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 05:30P-06:00P 3,880
18 PRE-KICK NFLN Sat 08:00P-08:16P 3,878
19 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,855
20 A CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL LIFE Sun 09:00P-11:00P 3,852
Miscellaneous Shows (unranked)
NCIS USA Mon 06:00P-07:00P 3,704
iCarly NICK Sat 01:30P-02:00P 3,641
CARS FAM Sun 08:30P-11:00P 3,619
HOUSE USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,617
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,573
S HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Fri 07:00P-07:25P 3,500
FAIRLY ODD PARENTS NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 3,427
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE XMAS FAM Thu 08:00P-10:30P 3,385
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 3,234
DRAKE & JOSH NICK Thu 06:00P-06:30P 3,177
OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS HALL Sat 09:00P-11:00P 3,157
POLAR EXPRESS, THE DSNY Tue 08:00P-09:50P 3,154
Top Chef BRAV Wed 10:00P-11:15P 3,125
VERY MERRY DAUGHTER OF BR LIFE Sat 09:00P-11:00P 3,119
LEVERAGE TNT Tue 10:00P-11:00P 2,977
HILLS, THE MTV Mon 10:00P-10:30P 2,505
TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND TOON Thu 09:00P-10:00P 2,497
LOST TREASURE/GRND CANYON SCIF Sat 09:00P-11:00P 2,087
ECW SCIF Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,876
GHOST HUNTERS SCIF Wed 09:00P-10:00P 1,864
SANCTUARY SCIF Fri 10:00P-11:00P 1,520
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN Mon 05:30P-06:00P 1,355
AROUND THE HORN ESPN Mon 05:00P-05:30P 1,013

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

 
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