Most-Viewed Programs In Cable Television History: Football, NAFTA Debate & High School Musical 2

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September 29th, 2010

via press release:

Packers-Bears on MNF: Fifth Most-Watched Program in Cable History, Cable’s Biggest Audience of 2010

ESPN’s Monday Night Football – a thrilling 20-17 Chicago Bears win over the Green Bay Packers – earned a 12.5 household coverage rating (10.8 US rating), representing an average of 12,482,000 households (17,454,000 viewers – P2+), making the telecast the fifth most-watched cable program in history among both households and viewers (excluding breaking news), and the biggest cable television audience of the year. To view the entire release, click here.

Following Monday’s record-setting rating, ESPN’s MNF now claims the top nine most-viewed cable programs in history among households, as well as eight of the top 10 spots among viewers since sports television’s signature series moved to ESPN in 2006. Both lists:

Top 10 Most-Viewed Programs in Cable Television History (Households):

Rank Date Program Network HHs (000s)
1. 10/05/2009 Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings ESPN 15,136
2. 11/30/2009 New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints ESPN 14,872
3. 09/15/2008 Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys ESPN 12,953
4. 12/03/2007 New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens ESPN 12,529
5. 09/27/2010 Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears ESPN 12,482
6. 12/28/2009 Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears ESPN 11,899
7. 10/23/2006 New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys ESPN 11,807
8. 11/09/2009 Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Broncos ESPN 11,358
9. 09/28/2009 Carolina Panthers-Dallas Cowboys ESPN 11,354
10. 11/09/1993 Larry King (NAFTA Debate) CNN 11,174

Top 10 Most-Viewed Programs in Cable Television History (Viewers):

Rank Date Program Network Viewers (000s)
1. 10/05/2009 Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings ESPN 21,839
2. 11/30/2009 New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints ESPN 21,402
3. 09/15/2008 Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys ESPN 18,608
4. 12/03/2007 New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens ESPN 17,522
5. 09/27/2010 Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears ESPN 17,454
6. 08/17/2007 High School Musical 2 Disney Channel 17, 241
7. 12/28/2009 Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears ESPN 17,006
8. 11/09/1993 Larry King (NAFTA Debate) CNN 16,837
9. 12/25/1994 Detroit Lions-Miami Dolphins ESPN 16,063
10. 10/23/2006 New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys ESPN 16,028

Note: excludes breaking news; live + same day

 
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