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With No More Baseball, ESPN Returns To The Top Of The Cable Weekly Ratings

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November 2nd, 2010

With baseball off cable until next year, the primetime cable ratings rankings returned to their Fall "normal" status with ESPN topping both primetime adults 18-49 ratings and average viewership. Expect that to continue at least through football season. TNT was second in adults 18-49 thanks to some nice early season NBA ratings.

USA finished second in primetime average viewership and third in adults 18-49, even though its biggest scripted originals are still off the air. Such is the power of WWE Raw and NCIS repeats.

SpongeBob congratulates the San Francisco Giants for their first World Series championship in 54 years, but he's never had a championship drought, he always keeps Nickelodeon 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 October 25-31, 2010

Network (000s)
ESPN 4,159
USA 3,011
DSNY 2,320
TNT 2,295
FOXN 2,254
HIST 1,910
AMC 1,550
NAN 1,546
TOON 1,408
TBSC 1,354
SYFY 1,286
A&E 1,159
HGTV 1,137
FX 1,074
FAM 1,060
DISC 1,049
ESP2 1,020
TLC 1,020
CMDY 1,010
FOOD 996
TRU 966
LIFE 929
MTV 899
SPK 883
TVLD 860

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

Network (000s)
ESPN 2,136
TNT 1,144
USA 1,055
HIST 931
AMC 820
TBSC 755
SYFY 631
FX 618
CMDY 589
MTV 589
A&E 588
DISC 580
BRAV 530
DSNY 514
FAM 509
TLC 506
SPK 472
FOOD 464
LIFE 436
TRU 436
NAN 418
EN 404
ESP2 392
HGTV 376
FOXN 368

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,169
DSNY 1,638
ESPN 1,613
NAN 1,524
USA 1,504
TNT 1,321
FOXN 1,268
ADSM 1,180
TOON 983
HIST 908
AMC 841
TBSC 804
A&E 668
HGTV 662
TRU 652
FX 650
FOOD 647
FAM 625
TVLD 616
DISC 609
CMDY 593
SYFY 543
NKJR 517
LIFE 517

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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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