As with the week before, football unsurprisingly dominated another holiday week.
Those of you looking for Men of a Certain Age, it didn't make the top 25, and was tied for 131st (yes, one hundred and thirty-first!) based on viewers with 3.123 million. Hard to say how much of that was because there was no new episode of The Closer as a lead-in last night, how much was due to the holidays and how much of that was due to Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings trying to stage an overtime comeback that fell just short on ESPN.
Sneaking into the top 25 between all the sports, NCIS and SpongeBob, and despite Scripps pulling Food Network off of Cablevision when negotiations for a new contract turned sour, was two hours worth of Iron Chef America on Sunday averaging 4.57 million for the two hours.
Sadly, I've made the decision to no longer field requests. We always post whatever data we see via press release or other trade publications already. You can subscribe to our RSS feed and you can also follow @TravisYanan on Twitter. During the week he usually posts some (not all) cable results for each weekday, usually late in the afternoon on the east coast (and Friday night data isn't posted until Monday) and he posts the links to that info on his Twitter account to the info on Marc Berman's PI Forums. You should also follow @TVBill (it's not Bill Gorman, but he is a TV ratings junkie and sometimes posts cable ratings info. You can also follow me on Twitter, sometimes I will post some cable ratings, though I am not taking requests there either...
Update: top 25 list updated to include shows that were left off the initial list I had (if you're interested in why, see comments in the comment section).
Top 25 cable shows for the week ending January 3, 2009:
|Rank||Shows||NET||DAY(S)||Time||Viewers Live+SD (000)2|
|2||MICHIGAN STATE/TEXAS TECH||ESPN||Sat||09:08P-01:10A||7,829|
|23||IRON CHEF AMERICA (2 HRS)||FOOD||Sun||08:00P-10:00P||4,567|
|25||SPONGEBOB TRUTH OR SQUARE||NICK||Fri||11:00A-12:00P||4,514|
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)