The Closer, Monk and Burn Notice lead weekly cable viewing

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A very nice top 10 for USA Network with TNT and NICK sneaking in the usual suspects.

Notably, three of Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly factor made the top 20, and all five days made the top forty. I don’t watch cable news channels at all unless there is a major, major breaking news story so I have no idea if there were special guests or if his contingency just can’t get enough now that Obama is in office. I don’t have a horse in the cable news race (I truly couldn’t care less) but the best performance of Countdown with Keith Olbermann could do was a tie for 316th (in viewer P2+ rating).

I’ve included that and many other airings that were outside the top 20 and while they are sorted by viewers, they are not ranked. Thousands of shows were left off, but I included all four airings of the two hour Puppy Bowl that looped on Animal Planet on Sunday night.

Battlestar Galactica ratings dived, and I’m not surprised really because the second episode sort of stunk it up. Last week’s third episode was much better, but there were still fewer people around to see it. Damages popped back up over a million.

Please note, the data here is only for advertising supported cable, I will try to add in anything from HBO and Showtime if I see it later.

Update Feb 4:  Big Love drew 1.5 million on Sunday, additionally it has been renewed for another season.

Full top twenty cable programs (and others) for the week ending February 1, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,243
2 MONK USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 5,393
3 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,376
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 5,310
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,028
6 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,432
7 PSYCH USA Fri 10:00P-11:00P 4,319
8 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 4,285
9 NCIS USA Tue 07:00P-08:01P 4,200
10 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,196
11 NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 4,159
12 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,963
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,893
14 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,891
15 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,855
16 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3,816
17 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:30P 3,751
18 JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-09:31P 3,735
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 3,649
20 BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,648
Other Shows
ICARLY NICK Wed 07:00P-07:30P 3,431
TRUST ME TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 3,400
TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE HALL Sat 09:00P-11:00P 3,308
HOUSE USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,260
MEET THE BROWNS TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3,235
TOP CHEF BRAV Wed 10:00P-11:15P 3,216
REAL CHANCE OF LOVE VH1 Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3,041
DRAKE & JOSH NICK Wed 06:00P-06:30P 2,908
HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Mon 07:30P-08:00P 2,863
SUITE LIFE OF ZACK & CODY DSNY Sat 06:30P-07:00P 2,863
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thu 11:30P-12:00A 2,829
LEVERAGE TNT Tue 10:00P-11:00P 2,809
NIP TUCK FX Tue 10:00P-11:02P 2,677
STAR WARS:CLONE WARS TOON Fri 09:00P-09:30P 2,625
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC Wed 09:30P-10:00P 2,595
DIRTY JOBS DISC Tue 09:00P-10:00P 2,546
DUKE/WAKE FOREST ESPN Wed 07:00P-09:13P 2,533
BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE TNT Sat 08:00P-10:00P 2,384
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN Fri 10:00P-10:30P 2,340
REAL WORLD XXI MTV Wed 10:00P-11:00P 2,271
INTERVENTION A&E Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,220
WYVERN SCIF Sat 09:00P-11:00P 2,159
JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 09:31P-10:00P 2,146
THE FIRST 48 A&E Thu 09:00P-10:00P 2,146
DAILY SHOW CMDY Wed 10:59P-11:30P 2,117
TRUE JACKSON, VP NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 2,106
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE AMC Sat 08:00P-11:00P 2,098
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAV Tue 10:00P-11:00P 2,032
LARRY KING LIVE CNN Mon 09:00P-10:00P 1,983
NFL COUNTDOWN L ESPN Sun 10:00A-02:00P 1,978
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV Thu 09:30P-10:00P 1,940
THATS SO RAVEN DSNY Wed 06:30P-07:00P 1,934
ECW SCIF Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,931
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD Fri 09:30P-10:00P 1,800
COUNTDOWN W/ K. OLBERMANN MSNB Thu 08:00P-09:00P 1,583
KYLE XY FAM Mon 09:00P-10:00P 1,239
MOONLIGHT SCIF Fri 09:00P-10:00P 1,199
PUPPY BOWL APL Sun 03:00P-05:00P 1,152
DAMAGES FX Wed 10:00P-11:01P 1,027
PUPPY BOWL APL Sun 05:00P-07:00P 769
PUPPY BOWL APL Sun 07:00P-09:00P 509
PUPPY BOWL APL Sun 09:00P-11:00P 370

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

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