Ratings History: ‘Larry King Live’ Has One Of The Top 10 Most Viewed Individual Cable TV Programs Of All Time
The Larry King Live finale is tonight on CNN. Larry’s ratings have seen better days, and even his farewell week hasn’t generated much interest, the ratings are below last week’s, but it’s interesting to note that the Larry King Live show on November 9, 1993 was one of the top 10 most viewed cable programs of all time.
It was a debate on the North American Free Trade agreement (NAFTA) between Al Gore and Ross Perot. The show held the title of the most viewed cable program of all time for nearly 14 years until it was knocked off the perch by High School Musical 2.
I’ve never been much of a LKL watcher, but I rarely miss anything on TV with Jerry Seinfeld. My memory of the show will likely be Larry asking Jerry about Seinfeld going off the air in a way that implied that the show had been cancelled, when in fact it had been #1 in its final year. Jerry’s reaction was priceless.
Top 10 Most-Viewed Programs in Cable Television History (Viewers): (as of 9/29/10)
|1.||10/05/2009||Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings||ESPN||21,839|
|2.||11/30/2009||New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints||ESPN||21,402|
|3.||09/15/2008||Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys||ESPN||18,608|
|4.||12/03/2007||New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens||ESPN||17,522|
|5.||09/27/2010||Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears||ESPN||17,454|
|6.||08/17/2007||High School Musical 2||Disney Channel||17, 241|
|7.||12/28/2009||Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears||ESPN||17,006|
|8.||11/09/1993||Larry King (NAFTA Debate)||CNN||16,837|
|9.||12/25/1994||Detroit Lions-Miami Dolphins||ESPN||16,063|
|10.||10/23/2006||New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys||ESPN||16,028|
Note: excludes breaking news; live + same day
Update: I am advised that two Monday Night Football games this season finished ahead of the LKL program, which would now put it at #10. If I can generate an updated table I will replace it.