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ESPN Stays On Top Cable Primetime Ratings; Election Week Lifts Fox News To #2 In Viewership

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November 9th, 2010

As should be expected for the rest of the football season, ESPN stayed on top both primetime adults 18-49 ratings and average viewership. With a big boost from mid-term elections, Fox News moved into second place for average primetime viewership for the week. USA finished third in primetime average viewership and second in adults 18-49 even though its biggest scripted shows are still off the air. Such is the power of WWE Raw and NCIS repeats.

SpongeBob doesn't care who was elected last week, he's not subject to term limits or checks and balances, and 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 November 1-7, 2010

Network (000s)
ESPN 3,509
FOXN 2,986
USA 2,855
DSNY 2,564
TNT 1,824
HIST 1,755
NAN 1,568
FX 1,548
TBSC 1,547
TOON 1,258
FAM 1,215
A&E 1,199
HGTV 1,152
FOOD 1,122
DISC 1,069
AMC 1,063
BRAV 1,054
MSNB 1,052
SYFY 1,042
TLC 1,017
TRU 970
BET 969
SPK 963
CMDY 936
TVLD 856

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

Network (000s)
ESPN 1,769
USA 1,069
TBSC 963
FX 841
HIST 824
TNT 819
BRAV 697
A&E 639
FOXN 601
CMDY 573
DISC 561
AMC 560
FOOD 544
DSNY 519
FAM 512
TLC 507
MTV 492
SPK 490
SYFY 476
BET 464
TRU 446
NAN 443
EN 429
HGTV 393
ESP2 323

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,143
DSNY 1,677
ESPN 1,572
FOXN 1,543
NAN 1,496
USA 1,367
TNT 1,315
ADSM 1,116
TOON 974
TBSC 848
HIST 772
FX 721
A&E 685
FOOD 664
HGTV 655
FAM 636
TRU 634
DISC 623
AMC 598
SPK 588
TVLD 571
NKJR 563
MSNB 514
CMDY 509
LIFE 501

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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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