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?!
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.
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|Rank||Shows||NET||DAY||Time||Viewers Live+SD (000)|
|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|
|10||SONNY WITH A CHANCE||DSNY||Sun||08:00P-08:30P||3,993|
|15||BIG EAST BSKTBALL TOURN L||ESPN||Sat||09:00P-11:18P||3,874|
|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|
|SECRET LIFE/AMERICAN TEEN||FAM||Mon||08:00P-09:00P||3,357|
|STAR WARS:CLONE WARS||TOON||Fri||09:00P-09:30P||3,009|
|BIG EAST BSKTBALL TOURN L||ESPN||Fri||09:30P-11:57P||2,833|
|FAIRLY ODD PARENTS||NICK||Sat||08:30A-09:00A||2,797|
|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|
|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|
|LAW & ORDER: SVU||USA||Thu||11:00P-12:00A||2,297|
|I LOVE MONEY 2||VH1||Mon||09:00P-10:00P||2,046|
|BATMAN:BRAVE & THE BOLD||TOON||Fri||08:30P-09:00P||1,997|
|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|
|ACC BASKETBALL TOURNMNT L||ESPN||Sun||01:01P-03:15P||1,803|
|DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER||A&E||Wed||10:00P-10:30P||1,767|
|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|
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved