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Cable ratings: Lots of Football, WWE RAW, SpongeBob, NCIS Dominate Weekly Cable Charts

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January 5th, 2010

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
1 VIKINGS/BEARS ESPN Mon 08:30P-12:07A 17,006
2 MICHIGAN STATE/TEXAS TECH ESPN Sat 09:08P-01:10A 7,829
3 VIRGINIA TECH/TENNESSEE ESPN Thu 07:30P-10:58P 7,513
4 ARKANSAS/EAST CAROLINA ESPN Sat 05:30P-09:08P 6,449
5 MIAMI (FL)/WISCONSIN ESPN Tue 08:00P-11:21P 6,217
6 ARIZONA/NEBRASKA ESPN Wed 08:13P-11:25P 6,138
7 NORTHWESTERN/AUBURN ESPN Fri 11:01A-03:10P 5,685
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 5,608
9 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,337
10 SpongeBob NICK Thu 11:00A-11:30A 5,105
11 SpongeBob NICK Wed 10:30A-11:00A 5,077
12 SpongeBob NICK Thu 11:30A-12:00P 5,054
13 NCIS USA Sat 10:00P-11:00P 4,992
14 NCIS USA Sat 08:00P-09:00P 4,956
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 12:30P-01:00P 4,974
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 12:00P-12:30P 4,946
17 NCIS USA Sat 03:00P-04:00P 4,892
18 NCIS USA Sat 05:00P-06:00P 4,781
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 01:00P-01:30P 4,777
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 10:30A-11:00A 4,741
21 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 4,699
22 NCIS USA Sat 04:00P-05:00P 4,607
23 Iron Chef America (2 HRS) FOOD Sun 08:00P-10:00P 4,567
24 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,535
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)

 
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