Cable Top 25: Monday Night Football Again Tops Cable Viewership for the Week Ending October 21, 2012

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October 23rd, 2012


Monday Night Football again topped cable viewership for the week with 12.847 million viewers. The Walking Dead was the top cable scripted program with 9.547 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:51P 12841
2 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOXN Tue 09:00P-10:39P 11073
3 ON THE RECORD W/GRETA FOXN Tue 10:39P-11:10P 9988
4 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 9547
6 MLB ALCS TBSC Tue 08:00P-11:44P 6180
7 2ND PRES DEBATE 2012 CNN Tue 09:02P-10:39P 5803
8 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Tue 10:39P-11:00P 5514
9 HANNITY FOXN Tue 11:10P-12:00A 5321
10 MLB ALCS TBSC Thu 04:00P-07:48P 5251
11 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5129
12 DEBATE MSNB Tue 09:02P-10:39P 4911
13 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-08:55P 4775
14 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4411
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN Sat 07:00P-10:09P 4223
16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT    L ESPN Sat 12:01P-04:02P 4176
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4067
18 SONS OF ANARCHY FX Tue 10:00P-11:06P 4032
19 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4013
20 HANNITY FOXN Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3928
21 NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN Sun 02:00P-06:00P 3897
22 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:11P 3886
23 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Tue 11:00P-12:00A 3871
24 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3865
25 DUCK DYNASTY A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3861


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  • poweranimals

    Wow.. So no Disney or Nick? They’re starting to lose their touch.

  • Mile E

    @poweranimals…Sheesh! Do you think the 10 political shows/debates that happen once every four years or the 10 sporting events including the ALCS played into that at all? This only leaves 5 spots left and neither Disney or Nick have been consistent in the top 5 since iCarly or Hannah Montana was super popular. Think before you type.

  • BL

    iCarly should’ve done better considering the guest star of Emma Stone but at least it’s doing better than most Nick shows these days.

    Victorious and BTR’ ratings may not be as good as they were in the past but still doing better than most Nick shows these days.

    HTR went up from last week but still underperforming.

  • Twist Of Fate

    Maybe Victorious, but BTR IS Not doing better than most Nick shows. Korra, Spongebob, Tuff Puppy(when promoted), FOP, TMNT, iCarly, and Penguins all pull in 3 million viewers for premieres.

  • Matt lazko

    The Walking Dead, best show on cable!!!

  • Twist Of Fate

    New 1-Hr Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness Special. I knew with a company like Dreamworks it was just bound to happen soon. Judging by the promo, it seems like Po’s Dragon Warrior status is being challenged by a…real dragon.

    Art seems to look more close to the movies, which is AWESOME!
    Nick’s ( shockingly ), giving it good promotion. Much better than iShock America. I shouldn’t speak to soon, though, Nick has a knack for promoting something 1 day, then forgetting about it another. Early Prediction-

    3.8-4.6 million viewers.

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