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ESPN Stays On Top Cable Primetime Ratings

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November 16th, 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 for the week. TBS moved up to second place for primetime adults 18-49. USA finished second in primetime average viewership and third in adults 18-49 as it welcomed back new episodes of Burn Notice (although Michael Weston was beaten by eight airings of SpongeBob)

SpongeBob had 10 of the top 25 cable shows for average viewership last week, things are good in that pineapple under the sea, and again he kept 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 8-14, 2010

Network (000s)
ESPN 3,743
USA 2,686
DSNY 2,636
FOXN 2,085
TBSC 1,955
TNT 1,902
NAN 1,682
TOON 1,663
FAM 1,645
HIST 1,392
TLC 1,322
FX 1,314
AMC 1,200
A&E 1,110
HGTV 1,108
SPK 1,058
SYFY 1,043
CMDY 1,011
DISC 991
FOOD 982
TRU 982
HALL 949
ESP2 941
TVLD 915
BRAV 908

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

Network (000s)
ESPN 1,913
TBSC 1,179
USA 1,104
TNT 877
FAM 855
FX 802
CMDY 602
BRAV 584
SPK 570
A&E 561
TLC 555
AMC 551
DSNY 547
HIST 541
DISC 520
MTV 477
NAN 470
SYFY 453
FOOD 451
TRU 451
TOON 437
NFLN 417
HGTV 378
ESP2 374
EN 332

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,254
DSNY 1,704
NAN 1,553
ESPN 1,465
USA 1,348
TNT 1,275
ADSM 1,182
FOXN 1,178
TBSC 1,072
TOON 1,064
FAM 797
HIST 777
FX 770
A&E 689
HGTV 652
TRU 649
FOOD 634
AMC 628
TVLD 606
DISC 595
SPK 581
TLC 556
NKJR 540
CMDY 512
HALL 499

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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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