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NBA Playoffs Put ESPN, TNT On Top Cable Primetime Week

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June 2nd, 2010


Six NBA Playoff games were enough to boost both ESPN and TNT to the top two spots for both primetime viewership and adults 18-49 ratings. USA was a close third in viewership and a not so close third in adults 18-49. With the NBA Finals now airing on ABC, the weekly primetime cable rankings should return to their non-sports "normal" with USA on top in the next week.

No surprise that Nickelodeon was number one for total day average cable viewership.

Prime-time Average Viewers (Live+SD) Week of May 24-30, 2010

Network (000s)
ESPN 3,156
TNT 3,034
USA 2,862
DSNY 2,257
FOXN 1,896
NAN 1,651
TBSC 1,477
A&E 1,326
HIST 1,237
FAM 1,175
TOON 1,120
FX 1,075
DISC 1,069
HGTV 1,034
SYFY 949
FOOD 941
TRU 938
SPK 877
TLC 872
AMC 868
TVLD 783
MSNB 741
NKJR 723
CMDY 720
BRAV 705

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Adults 18-49 Primetime Average (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
ESPN 1,677
TNT 1,542
USA 1,065
TBSC 821
A&E 599
FAM 566
DISC 550
FX 547
SPK 505
HIST 482
DSNY 473
FOOD 467
CMDY 451
BRAV 447
SYFY 440
TRU 436
NAN 427
TLC 421
HGTV 388
MTV 368
EN 340
FOXN 340
BET 333
APL 327
LIFE 317

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,078
DSNY 1,556
NAN 1,544
TNT 1,471
USA 1,389
ADSM 1,125
ESPN 1,076
FOXN 1,060
TOON 913
TBSC 787
A&E 744
HIST 692
TRU 670
FX 594
DISC 594
FAM 591
FOOD 585
SPK 584
HGTV 578
TVLD 558
LIFE 550
NKJR 519
SYFY 516
AMC 492
TLC 484

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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