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NBA Playoffs Put TNT, ESPN On Top Primetime Cable Ratings

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May 24th, 2011

The ongoing NBA Playoffs kept TNT in the cable top spot for adults 18-49 primetime ratings and average viewership last week, and put ESPN (also with NBA Playoff games) in second. Non-sports power USA Network was third in both.

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 May 16-22, 2011

Network (000s)
TNT 3,262
ESPN 2,690
USA 2,644
DSNY 2,612
FOXN 1,764
HIST 1,689
FAM 1,472
NAN 1,341
DISC 1,295
ADSM 1,274
A&E 1,148
TBSC 1,123
HGTV 1,109
LIFE 1,042
AMC 1,023
FX 1,006
CMDY 992
TRU 961
SYFY 923
BRAV 911
TLC 902
SPD 890
FOOD 877
TVLD 793
MTV 768

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

Network (000s)
TNT 1,728
ESPN 1,351
USA 1,049
HIST 740
FAM 717
DISC 695
TBSC 665
CMDY 631
ADSM 614
BRAV 598
A&E 536
DSNY 525
FX 523
AMC 491
TLC 471
TRU 461
MTV 458
LIFE 427
FOOD 399
HGTV 387
SPK 380
SYFY 379
NAN 360
VH1 328
VS 324

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Total Day Average Viewers (Live+SD)

Network (000s)
NICK 2,017
DSNY 1,609
TNT 1,423
ADSM 1,386
USA 1,300
NAN 1,241
FOXN 1,062
ESPN 1,035
TOON 959
HIST 813
FAM 792
A&E 722
AMC 681
HGTV 675
TBSC 672
FX 663
DISC 657
TRU 651
LIFE 600
FOOD 559
NKJR 540
TVLD 538
CMDY 534
SPK 504
CNN 487

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 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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