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WWE RAW, Cars, Hannah Montana and SpongeBob Lead Weekly Cable Viewing

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March 17th, 2009

WWE Raw took the top two spots for the week, but led by an airing of the movie Cars, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place and Sonny with a Chance, Disney dethroned USA Network as the primetime king for the week.

Much ado was made over Jim Cramer's appearance with Jon Stewart on Thursday's The Daily Show, and its ratings, but I didn't see any of those reports including the information that Wednesday's Daily Show, perhaps fueled by an improving Important Things with Demetri Martin as a lead-in had more viewers than the Thursday Cramer appearance!   Some will say it is the increased anticipation for The Daily Show that is helping out Important Things.  Either way Wednesday's airing of The Daily Show with 2.348 million edged out the Cramer appearance on Thursday that had 2.323 million.

That's So Raven had some sort of time slot change that impaired its ratings.  Why Disney, why?! :-D

I didn't look to see how it's replacement did at midnight, but I took it as a sign and decided to use the best performance of That's So Raven as some sort of imaginary Cut Off for the extra shows in the table below.     So, I cut it off there, but, in the spirit of knowing I'll be hounded by a pack of mad dogs, Moonlight got 1.003 million viewers on Friday.

Fans of TNT's Trust Me - sorry, but your show seems doomed with 876,000 watching last Tuesday at 10pm, but then again, that was better than Damages 703,000 Wednesday at 10pm on FX.  TNT is searching for answers with new episodes of Saving Grace just edging out repeats of The Closer (info in the table below).

The penultimate episode of  Kyle XY had 1.283 million viewers.

Update: James Hibberd reports Sunday night's airing of Big Love averaged 2.3 million -- it's second most-watched episode of the season.  Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America -- A Final Night with George W. Bush also averaged 2.3 million.  That's the best a comedy special has done on HBO since 2004 according to Hibberd.  Hibberd also has the Eastbound & Down numbers.

Top 20 cable shows for the week ending March 15, 2009:

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Please note, all shows outside of the top twenty are sorted by viewers but ARE NOT ranked. If you don't see a show listed here, the only thing you can conclude for sure is that it wasn't in the top twenty.   The top twenty would include premium cable, if any of those shows ever made the top twenty.  But the additional show list is for advertising supported basic cable networks only. We do not see data directly for premium cable channels. I don't KNOW how Big Love did, but if I see anything I'll post it here and if you see anything, please post a link in the comments.

There are over 14,000 shows. I'm not taking requests as it would be impossible to please everyone. Sorry!  If you make a request in the comments anyway, I will ignore it, sorry.

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 5,643
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,165
3 CARS DSNY Sat 08:00P-10:10P 4,650
4 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 07:30P-08:00P 4,423
5 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,249
6 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,228
7 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4,164
8 COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST CMDY Sun 10:00P-11:30P 4,079
9 NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 4,006
10 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 3,993
11 SpongeBob NICK Sat 12:30P-01:00P 3,981
12 NCIS USA Tue 07:00P-08:00P 3,980
13 SpongeBob NICK Sat 12:00P-12:30P 3,964
14 iCarly NICK Wed 05:30P-06:00P 3,875
15 BIG EAST BSKTBALL TOURN L ESPN Sat 09:00P-11:18P 3,874
16 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 3,847
17 SpongeBob NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 3,725
18 CARS DSNY Sun 12:00P-02:05P 3,724
19 PHINEAS AND FERB DSNY Fri 08:30P-09:00P 3,704
20 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,660
Other Shows (sorted in order but NOT ranked)
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,476
SOUTH PARK CMDY Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3,412
SECRET LIFE/AMERICAN TEEN FAM Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,357
MIGHTY B! NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,346
HOUSE USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,096
STAR WARS:CLONE WARS TOON Fri 09:00P-09:30P 3,009
FAMILY GUY ADSM Wed 11:00P-11:30P 2,889
BIG EAST BSKTBALL TOURN L ESPN Fri 09:30P-11:57P 2,833
FAIRLY ODD PARENTS NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 2,797
GHOST HUNTERS SCIF Wed 09:00P-10:01P 2,668
JON & Kate Plus 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-09:30P 2,627
BIG EAST BSKTBALL TOURN L ESPN Thu 09:32P-01:26A 2,598
TRUE JACKSON, VP NICK Wed 06:00P-06:30P 2,580
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN Sat 10:30P-11:00P 2,572
IMPORTANT THINGS CMDY Wed 10:30P-10:59P 2,477
ROCK OF LOVE 3 VH1 Sun 09:00P-10:00P 2,407
BIG 12 CONF TOURNAMENT L ESPN Sat 06:12P-08:16P 2,387
DAILY SHOW CMDY Wed 10:59P-11:30P 2,348
SAVING GRACE TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 2,337
CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,333
DAILY SHOW CMDY Thu 10:59P-11:30P 2,323
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA Thu 11:00P-12:00A 2,297
SEA BEAST SCIF Sat 09:00P-11:00P 2,201
WONDER PETS NICK Mon 08:00P-08:30P 2,110
FAMILY MATTERS NAN Mon 11:30P-12:00A 2,087
I LOVE MONEY 2 VH1 Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,046
BATMAN:BRAVE & The Bold TOON Fri 08:30P-09:00P 1,997
TOUGH LOVE VH1 Sun 10:00P-11:00P 1,953
BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE TOON Fri 09:30P-10:00P 1,931
ACC BASKETBALL TOURNMNT L ESPN Sat 04:08P-06:12P 1,910
BIG EAST BSKTBALL TOURN L ESPN Thu 07:00P-09:12P 1,907
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV Thu 09:30P-10:00P 1,824
ACC BASKETBALL TOURNMNT L ESPN Sun 01:01P-03:15P 1,803
CAVALIERS/SUNS TNT Thu 10:50P-01:33A 1,788
ECW SCIF Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,784
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P 1,767
AX MEN HIST Mon 10:00P-11:00P 1,763
IRON CHEF AMERICA FOOD Sun 09:00P-10:00P 1,663
BATTLSTR GALACTICA (ORIG) SCIF Fri 10:00P-11:01P 1,661
THATS SO RAVEN DSNY Sat 03:30P-04:00P 1,571

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