Cable Top 25: Hannah Montana, Shake It Up & The Walking Dead Top Week’s Scripted Cable Viewing

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November 9th, 2010

For the weekly overall top cable network rankings, click here.

As is typical in the fall,  Monday Night Football topped the week's cable viewing and this week Tuesday night's election coverage took up half of the top 10 (and all of it Fox News - no other cable news network even made the top 25).

Among scripted content Disney's Hannah Montana Forever was tops, taking the #3 spot overall while averaging a season high 7.11 million viewers and the series' best ratings in three years, and providing a good lead in for the series premiere of Shake It UpShake It Up averaged 6.2 million and was Disney's second highest-rated series of all time in viewers and tweens 9-14.

The Walking Dead didn't lose much steam in its second week and averaged 4.71 million viewers and the best average in adults 18-49 for a series after only two episodes in cable history (excluding sports).  Surprising nobody, The Walking Dead has been renewed for a 13 episode second season.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending November 7, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 TEXANS/COLTS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:44P 11,911
2 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 7,167
4 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 10:00P-11:00P 6,935
5 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 6,770
6 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 11:00P-12:00A 6,237
7 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 6,200
8 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 07:50P-08:00P 5,899
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,926
10 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 03:00P-07:01P 4,846
11 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,802
12 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 4,789
13 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:00P-11:00P 4,707
14 HANNAH MONTANA FOREVER DSNY Sun 07:00P-07:30P 4,618
15 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 12:00A-01:00A 4,605
16 THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH FOXN Tue 07:00P-07:50P 4,525
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,455
18 ILLINOIS/MICHIGAN ESPN Sat 12:01P-03:52P 4,326
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,238
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:00A-09:30A 4,227
21 SPRING HORSE RACING L ESPN Sat 06:18P-07:09P 4,095
22 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 4,001
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 06:30P-07:00P 3,961
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,939


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