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Even though this game won’t be officially on the list till next week, Monday Night Football on ESPN broke all the cable network ratings. The Minnesota Vikings, with their new QB, Brett Farve, took on his old team, the Green Bay Packers & he led his team to a 30-23 win, leaving them with a 4-0 undeated season so far. It garnered 21.8 million viewers, the biggest audience & cables hightest ratings ever. It broke ESPN’s previous high of 14 million, 30 years ago for a Bears vs Vikings game in 1984. Check out the rest of the ratings after the jump……
It’s obvious that CBS is back on top this week. It holds 12 of the 20 spots. NCIS: LA & The Good Wife are the only new shows to make the list. FOX’s House is their token show & NBC has it’s Sunday Night Football. The rest belong to ABC.
Here are Mr. Nielson’s ratings for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4th:
1. NCIS CBS 21.4 mil
2. Sunday Night Football NBC 18.4 mil
3. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 17.4 mil
4. Dancing With the Stars (Mon) ABC 17 mil
5. CSI CBS 15.9 mil
6. The Mentalist CBS 15.8 mil
7. Grey’s Anatomy ABC 15.7 mil
8. House FOX 14.7 mil
9. Desperate Housewives ABC 14.6 mil
10. Criminal Minds CBS 14.2 mil
11. CSI: Miami CBS 14 mil
12. Two & a Half Men CBS 13.9 mil
13. The Good Wife CBS 13.7 mil
14. 60 Minutes CBS 13.4 mil
15. The Big Bang Theory CBS 13.3 mil
16. CSI: NY CBS 13.2 mil
17. Dancing With the Stars (Tue) ABC 13 mil
18. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 11.6 mil
19. Private Practice ABC 11.6 mil
20. Survivor: Samoa CBS 11.5 mil
The cable networks are still dominated by children’s programming. The cable dramas that have been scheduled to compete in the 10pm time slot are struggling. Sons Of Anarchy is the only one to make the “Top Twenty-five”, coming in at #14 with 3.7 million viewers. Football on ESPN is still #1, but 2nd place belongs to Disney’s Suite Life on Deck.
Here’s the “Top Five” cable shows for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4th:
1. NFL Monday Night Football ESPN 15.7 mil
2. Suite Life on Deck DSNY (Fri-8pm) 6.8 mil
3. The Ultimate Fighter SPIKE 5.3 mil
4. Suite Life on Deck DSNY (Fri-7:30pm)
5. WWE Monday Night RAW USA 4.5 mil
That’s it for this week.