ESPN Tops Cable Primetime Ratings; ‘The Grinch’ Boost ABC Family Into Second

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As is typical during football season, ESPN stayed on top both primetime adults 18-49 ratings and average viewership for the week, but The Grinch Who Stole Christmas provided a huge boost to ABC Family moving them into second place in both categories ahead of USA for the week.

SpongeBob knows The Grinch, SpongeBob is friends with The Grinch, but The Grinch is no SpongeBob, 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 29 – December 5, 2010

Network (000s)
ESPN 3,326
FAM 2,613
USA 2,592
DSNY 2,555
TNT 2,453
FOXN 1,949
HALL 1,866
HIST 1,682
TBSC 1,610
NAN 1,523
FX 1,447
TOON 1,409
A&E 1,409
AMC 1,313
LIFE 1,295
DISC 1,237
TLC 1,226
HGTV 1,205
TRU 1,108
SPK 1,106
SYFY 1,099
FOOD 1,046
BRAV 989
TVLD 971
BET 899


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

Network (000s)
ESPN 1625
FAM 1220
USA 1198
TNT 1168
TBSC 961
FX 801
HIST 742
A&E 724
AMC 699
DISC 649
BRAV 614
SPK 613
DSNY 559
CMDY 545
TLC 539
SYFY 521
TRU 511
FOOD 466
NAN 449
BET 448
MTV 443
NFLN 428
HGTV 428
LIFE 412
EN 371

Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2235
DSNY 1674
NAN 1483
TNT 1336
ESPN 1273
USA 1242
FAM 1225
ADSM 1200
FOXN 1153
TOON 952
TBSC 892
HIST 816
HALL 810
A&E 770
FX 735
TRU 701
LIFE 688
HGTV 682
DISC 675
FOOD 651
TVLD 644
AMC 634
SPK 622
NKJR 562
TLC 531


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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