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Football Keeps ESPN On Top Cable Primetime Ratings

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November 23rd, 2010

As is typical during football season, ESPN stayed on top both primetime adults 18-49 ratings and average viewership for the week. USA finished second in both primetime average viewership and adults 18-49 even though new episodes of Burn Notice haven't performed near their summer ratings levels. Such is the strength of WWE Raw originals and NCIS repeats.

SpongeBob had just 4 of the top 25 cable shows for average viewership last week, but the new iCarly movie more than made up the slack, as Nickelodeon stayed comfortably 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 15-21, 2010

Network (000s)
ESPN 3,681
USA 2,637
DSNY 2,636
TBSC 2,037
FOXN 2,027
TNT 1,745
NAN 1,705
HIST 1,546
TOON 1,401
HALL 1,320
AMC 1,317
FX 1,294
TLC 1,221
FAM 1,197
HGTV 1,189
A&E 1,144
FOOD 1,122
SYFY 1,061
DISC 1,032
TRU 1,012
CMDY 963
SPK 921
LIFE 880
NFLN 868
NKJR 857

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

Network (000s)
ESPN 1,889
USA 1,188
TBSC 1,150
FX 740
TNT 733
HIST 687
CMDY 602
AMC 596
DSNY 578
A&E 574
DISC 565
BRAV 545
FAM 533
FOOD 533
TLC 516
TRU 493
NAN 491
SPK 480
SYFY 454
MTV 445
NFLN 437
HGTV 403
EN 375
BET 344
TOON 343

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,350
DSNY 1,656
NAN 1,568
ESPN 1,518
USA 1,235
TNT 1,230
ADSM 1,200
FOXN 1,154
TBSC 1,010
TOON 1,003
HIST 819
FX 699
FOOD 697
AMC 690
A&E 682
HGTV 680
TRU 657
HALL 634
FAM 630
DISC 625
SPK 585
TVLD 577
LIFE 555
NKJR 542
TLC 531

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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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