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Damages season finale draws few, WWE RAW, NCIS lead cable viewing

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April 7th, 2009

For the week ending April , 5 2009,  USA Network grabbed the top five spots between WWE Raw and NCIS .  Nick grabbed the next three spots with the Penguins of Madagascar and, SpongeBobsqueaked into the top 10 at #10.   The O'Reilly Factor placed four airings in the top twenty for FOX News, with its best at #9.

Outside of the top 20, ESPN's kickoff of the baseball season and Sunday Night Baseball with a matchup featuring the World Series champions, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves scored well with 3.3 million viewers.  South Park had over 3 million viewers for Comedy Central and SCI FI's most watched show was Ghost Hunters with over 2.76 million.

Saving Grace dipped below two million (note this was for Monday, March 30th, not the episode on April 6, which won't show up until next week) and again had fewer viewers than it's lead-in, a rerun of The Closer.

The ninety minute plus Damages season finale scored 1.048 million for FX in its initial airing. Again it had fewer viewers than Breaking Bad which had 1.213 million on AMC.

Update: for those wanting premium cable data for Sunday night's season debuts of Showtime's, The Tudors and HBO's In Treatment, here it is.

Top 20 cable shows for the week ending April 5, 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.  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-11:12P 5,396
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,999
3 NCIS USA Tue 07:00P-08:00P 4,257
4 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 4,252
5 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,049
6 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,036
7 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 4,024
8 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3,998
9 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,939
10 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,910
11 SpongeBob NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,812
12 PARENT TRAP, THE (1998) DSNY Sun 09:00P-11:20P 3,718
13 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,703
14 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3,684
15 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,665
16 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sun 11:00A-11:30A 3,643
17 NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 3,640
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3,598
19 NCIS USA Wed 06:00P-07:00P 3,588
20 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,543
Other shows (sorted, but not ranked)
BRAVES/PHILLIES ESP2 Sun 08:00P-10:35P 3,313
NORA ROBERTS HIGH NOON LIFE Sat 09:00P-11:00P 3,313
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,061
HOUSE USA Fri 08:00P-09:00P 3,046
FAMILY GUY ADSM Wed 11:30P-12:00A 3,025
FAIRLY ODD PARENTS NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 3,022
iCarly NICK Wed 06:30P-07:00P 3,007
SOUTH PARK CMDY Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3,005
LOVE TAKES WING HALL Sat 09:00P-10:45P 2,847
WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 2,772
GHOST HUNTERS SCIF Wed 09:00P-10:01P 2,764
Hannity FOXN Wed 09:00P-10:00P 2,729
NCAA WMN BSKT CHAMP SPL L ESPN Sun 09:07P-09:31P 2,704
STANFORD/UCONN ESPN Sun 09:31P-11:31P 2,664
SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:30P 2,588
WWE HALL OF FAME USA Sat 10:00P-11:05P 2,582
GLENN BECK FOXN Thu 05:00P-06:00P 2,477
I LOVE MONEY 2 VH1 Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,452
OKLAHOMA/LOUISVILLE ESPN Sun 07:00P-09:07P 2,424
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN Fri 10:30P-11:00P 2,419
ROCKETS/LAKERS ESPN Fri 10:31P-01:07A 2,381
SPECIAL AGENT OSO DSNY Sat 08:30A-09:00A 2,336
NORA ROBERTS HIGH NOON LIFE Sun 09:00P-11:00P 2,283
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA Sun 11:00P-12:00A 2,172
CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,133
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P 2,058
SAVING GRACE TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 1,998
DAILY SHOW CMDY Wed 10:59P-11:30P 1,978
TNA: IMPACT SPK Thu 09:00P-11:00P 1,970
UFC FIGHT NIGHT LIVE SPK Wed 08:00P-10:13P 1,874
ECW SCIF Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,838
THE FIRST 48 A&E Thu 10:00P-11:00P 1,808
OPERATION REPO TRU Mon 09:30P-10:00P 1,740
CAVALIERS/WIZARDS TNT Thu 08:17P-10:49P 1,701
REAL WORLD XXI MTV Wed 10:00P-11:00P 1,698
REAL WORLD XXI REUNION MTV Wed 11:00P-12:00A 1,668
THATS SO RAVEN DSNY Wed 06:00P-06:30P 1,665
ROCK OF LOVE 3 VH1 Sun 09:00P-10:00P 1,660
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV Sun 09:00P-09:30P 1,627
EXTERMINATORS, THE A&E Wed 10:30P-11:00P 1,623
WONDER PETS NICK Fri 10:30A-11:00A 1,604
SEINFELD TBSC Tue 07:30P-08:00P 1,603
WHO WAS JESUS DISC Sun 10:00P-11:00P 1,584
MORAL OREL ADSM Wed 12:15A-12:30A 1,553
COLBERT REPORT CMDY Wed 11:30P-12:00A 1,471
AX MEN HIST Mon 10:00P-11:00P 1,427
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD Mon 10:30P-11:00P 1,425
MAKING THE BAND 4 MTV Thu 09:00P-10:00P 1,422
BREAKING BAD AMC Sun 10:00P-11:00P 1,213
IRON CHEF AMERICA FOOD Sun 09:00P-10:00P 1,213
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN Thu 05:30P-06:00P 1,184
DAMAGES FX Wed 10:00P-11:32P 1,048
AROUND THE HORN ESPN Thu 05:00P-05:30P 862
BRIDGETS SEXIEST BEACHES TTC Thu 10:00P-11:00P 644
HANEY PROJECT GOLF Mon 09:00P-09:30P 356


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