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ESPN Stays Planted On Top Week’s Primetime Cable Ratings

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October 5th, 2010

The same formula of Monday Night Football, NASCAR and miscellaneous College Football games kept ESPN plantedat the top of the cable primetime adults 18-49 ratings and average viewership rankings. USA was second in both adults 18-49 and average viewership in primetime.

Expect ESPN to stay at or near the top of the cable ratings as long as football season continues. It could be challenged for a few weeks if TBS gets a long series during the baseball playoffs which begin this week.

SpongeBob doesn't care who is in the baseball playoffs, as Nickelodeon remained at the top of the total day average viewership rankings.

For the week's top 25 individual cable programs click here.

Prime-time Average Viewers (Live+SD) Week of September 27 - October 3, 2010

Network (000s)
ESPN 3,614
USA 2,515
DSNY 2,512
FOXN 1,983
NAN 1,558
TNT 1,503
HIST 1,473
TBSC 1,464
A&E 1,405
TOON 1,295
MTV 1,279
HGTV 1,133
FX 1,128
TLC 1,104
SYFY 1,084
FOOD 1,048
TRU 995
FAM 956
CMDY 915
DISC 895
AMC 892
LIFE 873
MSNB 801
SPK 779
TVLD 779

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Adults 18-49 Prime-time Average (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
ESPN 1,813
USA 928
TBSC 860
MTV 841
HIST 693
FX 635
TNT 612
A&E 591
CMDY 554
TLC 533
DSNY 501
FOOD 501
SYFY 497
TRU 485
DISC 453
FAM 444
SPK 429
NAN 429
EN 408
LIFE 407
HGTV 391
TOON 333
BRAV 319
AMC 301
FOXN 280

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 1,978
DSNY 1,574
NAN 1,477
ESPN 1,395
USA 1,207
TNT 1,169
ADSM 1,132
FOXN 1,099
TOON 987
A&E 771
TBSC 759
HIST 735
TRU 661
HGTV 653
FOOD 629
FX 598
MTV 596
DISC 588
TVLD 558
LIFE 543
NKJR 529
CMDY 529
TLC 517
AMC 503

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

Cable Channel Abbreviations: NICK = Nickelodeon, NAN = Nick At Nite, TOON = Cartoon Network, ADSM = Adult Swim, TRU = truTV, LIFE = Lifetime, NKJR - Nick Jr., FAM = ABC Family, TVLD = TV Land, FOXN = Fox News, TBSC = TBS, DISC = Discovery

 
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