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Cable ratings: Monday Night Football, Suite Life on Deck, and The Ultimate Fighter top weekly cable charts

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October 6th, 2009

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Last Monday's  Monday Night Football contest between the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys averaged 15.71 million viewers on ESPN, and was the top show of the week by a huge margin (and also the most-watched program on cable so far this year).

Next up was Disney's Suite Life on Deck, with its first hour-long episode setting series highs.   Spike's The Ultimate Fighter took the third spot with a bout featuring the ratings magnet that is Kimbo Slice.

Subscribers to our RSS feed knew all of that already!  But we won't hold it against you if you like waiting until Tuesdays for the table.

A thirty minute version of Suite Life that led into the hour long version took the fourth spot.   WWE Raw took the fifth and sixth spots, with more kids' programming (iCarly, SpongeBob and Hannah Montana) rounding out the top ten.

My new favorite show, Sons Of Anarchy made the list at number 14 with 3.763 million.  We posted those numbers last week too though.

I know some of you love to make requests, and most of you are quite decent about it, but some of you ask for like 87 shows, and it's just annoying and makes me wanna slap you upside the head.

Then there are the well intentioned folks who ask for stuff that was already posted on the site because they didn't bother searching for it first.  Also kind of annoying!  Sorry.

I will do a separate post (but it will be much later today) with some shows outside of the Top 25.  While we do not see numbers for HBO and Showtime directly unless they make the top 40, if we see any numbers for Sunday night, including the season finale of Entourage, we will definitely post them separately.

Top 25  cable shows for the week ending October 4, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Households (000) Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L (PANTHERS/COWBOYS) ESPN MONDAY 8:30 PM 9.9 15,705
2 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY FRIDAY 8:00 PM 3.9 6,808
3 THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SPIKE WEDNESDAY 10:00 PM 3.2 5,306
4 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY FRIDAY 7:30 PM 2.9 4,817
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM 2.7 4,586
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM 2.6 4,413
7 iCarly NICK SATURDAY 8:00 PM 2.8 4,388
8 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 9:30 AM 2.7 4,147
9 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY FRIDAY 9:00 PM 2.5 4,137
10 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:30 AM 2.8 4,129
11 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN MONDAY 11:37 PM 2.9 4,119
12 CARS DSNY SUNDAY 4:55 PM 2.2 3,808
13 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:00 AM 2.6 3,796
14 SONS OF ANARCHY FX TUESDAY 10:00 PM 2.4 3,763
15 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 9:00 AM 2.5 3,735
16 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK SATURDAY 10:00 AM 2.5 3,720
17 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY FRIDAY 7:00 PM 2.3 3,674
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM 2.3 3,561
19 SPONGEBOB NICK SUNDAY 12:00 PM 2.3 3,548
20 COLL FTBALL-SAT PRIME L (AUBURN/TENNESSEE) ESPN SATURDAY 7:41 PM 2.1 3,531
21 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC TUESDAY 8:00 PM 2.3 3,527
22 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PL -LN DSNY FRIDAY 10:00 PM 2.2 3,501
23 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY FRIDAY 6:30 PM 2.2 3,445
24 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC THURSDAY 8:00 PM 2.3 3,444
25 iCarly NICK SATURDAY 7:30 PM 2.1 3,427

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

 
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