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ESPN Dominates Primetime Cable Ratings

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December 8th, 2009

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With the monster Patriots v. Saints Monday Night Football game ESPN turned in its strongest cable primetime ratings win in recent memory leading both the primetime weekly cable ratings for adults 18-49 and average viewership ratings by much wider than typical margins. It didn't hurt that they also had a Thursday  night college football game. USA, boosted by the Monk series finale was a strong #2, but nobody was getting close to ESPN this week.

Nickelodeon remains, as always, on the top of the total day average viewership.

Prime-time Average Viewers (Live+SD) Week of  November 30 - December 6, 2009

Network (000s)
ESPN 4,725
USA 3,342
DSNY 2,471
FAM 2,281
FOXN 2,265
FX 2,135
A&E 1,964
TNT 1,941
NAN 1,937
HALL 1,732
TBSC 1,624
AMC 1,458
HIST 1,279
SYFY 1,271
HGTV 1,271
SPK 1,266
TOON 1,219
LIFE 1,206
TRU 1,156
FOOD 1,107
DISC 1,043
TLC 998
NKJR 832
NFLN 516
CMDY 874

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Adults 18-49 Primetime Average (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
ESPN 2,315
USA 1,368
FX 1,146
FAM 1,075
TBSC 962
A&E 896
TNT 867
SPK 836
AMC 675
SYFY 638
HIST 600
DSNY 599
TRU 578
CMDY 546
FOOD 530
DISC 529
TLC 517
NAN 484
MTV 479
BRAV 473
HGTV 434
LIFE 433
BET 387
HALL 380
NFLN 283

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,435
NAN 1,581
ESPN 1,545
DSNY 1,504
USA 1,459
TNT 1,281
FOXN 1,219
ADSM 1,088
FAM 1,052
A&E 957
FX 932
TOON 928
TBSC 908
HALL 897
LIFE 777
TRU 761
HIST 719
SPK 708
FOOD 682
HGTV 672
AMC 636
NKJR 543
DISC 633
SYFY 571
TVLD 541

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

 
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