NBA All-Star Game Puts TNT On Top Cable Primetime Ratings Week

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The NBA All-Star Game weekend snuck up on me, and put TNT on top the cable primetime adults 18-49 ratings and average viewership for the week. All the while I was expecting USA to return to its typical non-sports #1 perch. My memory aside, USA seems likely to return to #1 until the NCAA mens basketball tournament begins in a few weeks.

SpongeBob kept Nickelodeon 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 February 14-20, 2011

Network (000s)
TNT 3,245
USA 3,021
DSNY 2,887
HIST 2,018
FOXN 1,850
FX 1,682
AMC 1,527
TBSC 1,452
NAN 1,446
MTV 1,285
ESPN 1,282
A&E 1,274
DISC 1,261
ADSM 1,194
TRU 1,168
FAM 1,168
SYFY 1,127
HGTV 1,103
FOOD 1,071
CMDY 938
TVLD 922
SPK 913
TLC 913
NKJR 905
MSNB 870


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

Network (000s)
TNT 1,714
USA 1,035
HIST 974
FX 860
TBSC 850
MTV 823
CMDY 603
DISC 598
DSNY 590
ESPN 582
TRU 576
A&E 576
AMC 560
ADSM 542
FOOD 519
SYFY 504
FAM 497
BRAV 478
SPK 444
TLC 418
NAN 398
EN 384
BET 373
HGTV 366
LIFE 333

Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,219
DSNY 1,861
TNT 1,539
NAN 1,400
USA 1,346
ADSM 1,244
FOXN 1,068
FX 967
TOON 934
HIST 890
TBSC 847
A&E 790
AMC 767
TRU 726
ESPN 707
HGTV 675
DISC 662
FOOD 656
FAM 593
MTV 591
NKJR 578
CMDY 560
TVLD 555
SPK 537
LIFE 519


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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