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Summer's Cable Winners ('Rizzoli & Isles') and Losers (Kathy Griffin)

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 27th 2010 3:00PM
It seemed everyone was talking about 'Jersey Shore,' 'True Blood' and 'Mad Men' this summer. Well,guess what? Everyone was watching those cable shows, too.

The audience for MTV's 'Jersey Shore' jumped to 5.3 million average viewers, an increase of 194 percent from its previous season, HBO's 'True Blood' saw an 20 percent increase to 4.8 million viewers and AMC's 'Mad Men' jumped 26 percent to 2.4 million viewers, according the Nielsen cable summer TV ratings data as released by the Hollywood Reporter.

But not everyone scored so well. We've reviewed the data and broken down the numbers. See which shows were summer's winners and losers ...

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Is cable killing free TV?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 29th 2009 12:38PM
Here's a scary thought. One day, you might have to actually pay for all that free quality programming beaming through the magic picture box in your living room.

A scary new article by the Associated Press shows that advertising revenue has not provided enough income for the free networks to support all of their programming efforts. And thanks to the rise of cable and the web, some companies are considering new business models that are cutting the "free" out of "free TV."

Given the way things are going, do you think there could come a time when free TV is a thing of the past like top 40 AM radio, Olestra chips and an ozone layer?

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Why did Comedy Central cancel The Jeff Dunham Show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2009 11:01AM
Jeff DunhamYou don't usually see the #1 cable debut get canceled in its first season, but that's what has happened to The Jeff Dunham Show.

Comedy Central says that they have decided not to renew the comedy show featuring puppets. The comic will, however, still have a new comedy special on the network sometime next year.

Now, obviously, there are other things going on here that we as viewers will probably never be privy to. But still, when you have a new weekly show (as well as a couple of specials) that do so well in the ratings (even if the audience did drop a bit later in the season), it's odd that you cancel it. I'd love to hear what really happened.

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Lifetime drafts Army Wives for season four

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2009 11:02AM
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There are two significant things to take from the news that Army Wives will return for a fourth season. One, the predominantly female viewership of Lifetime has embraced the series about the lives of Army personnel and their families on the Fort Marshall post in Charleston, South Carolina; and two, scripted dramas are on the rise all across the cable networks. It also means that this finely acted, well-written and well produced show is going to be around for the next couple of years at least.

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And the highest-rated show in Comedy Central history is ... - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2008 8:07AM
Jeff DunhamYou would think that the highest-rated Comedy Central show of all-time would either be an episode of South Park or one of the nightly news satire programs, The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. It's actually none of those. The biggest audience-getter was a Christmas special featuring various puppets.

The Sunday debut of Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special grabbed 6. 6 million viewers. South Park held the record before and is now in second place.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending July 27

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2008 1:23PM
The CloserHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

While I'm really, really happy that Burn Notice grabbed the #6 slot this week, I'm a little bummed out that Mad Men didn't make the top 10. In fact, it didn't even make it in anywhere near the top 10, despite getting two million viewers for its season premiere. Still, that's better than the ratings for last season.

1. The Closer (TNT)
2. NASCAR Sprint Cup (ESPN)
3. Saving Grace (TNT)
4. Monk (USA)
5. Hannah & Miley (Disney)
6. Burn Notice (USA)
7. Monday Night RAW (USA)
8. Law and Order: CI (USA)
9. Yankees vs. Red Sox (ESPN)
10. In Plain Sight (USA)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending July 13

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 17th 2008 7:00AM

Burn Notice logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

Yes! The second season premiere of Burn Notice hit #2 this week! Sure, it was expected, but that doesn't mean it's not fantastic news. USA has a ton of shows in the top 10, actually, taking six of the spots. Those Sprint Cup races seem to make an appearance every week now, as do Army Wives on Lifetime and something on Disney Channel that features a Hannah and/or a Jonas brother.

1. Monday Night RAW (USA)
2. Burn Notice (USA)
3. Sprint Cup - Chicago (TNT)
4. In Plain Sight (USA)
5. Monday Night RAW (USA)
6. Law and Order: CI (USA)
7. Picture This (ABC Family)
8. Camp Rock (Disney)
9. Law and Order: SVU (USA)
10. Army Wives (Lifetime)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending June 29

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2008 10:01AM

Law and Order: CIHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

That's right, not only does Monday Night RAW retake the #1 spot on the cable ratings this week, it takes up three spots in the top 10. That doesn't seem fair, does it? I can hear the people at Disney asking, "why aren't the two hours of Camp Rock split into two different spots? Or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Fine, we'll just run Camp Rock every hour for the entire week and we'll see what the ratings are!"

(And yes, SpongeBob is on the list yet again. It's comforting to see him there almost every week.)

1. Monday Night RAW (USA)
2. BET Awards (BET)
3. Sprint Cup Racing - Loudon (TNT)
4. Monday Night RAW (USA)
5. In Plain Sight (USA)
6. Camp Rock (Disney)
7. Monday Night RAW (USA)
8. Law and Order: CI (USA)
9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Disney)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending June 1

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2008 8:06AM

In Plain SightHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

The big news I guess is that this week, in between all of the NBA Playoffs and the usual slots taken up by SpongeBob and wrestling, is that the debut episode of USA's In Plain Sight hit number 6 in the ratings. With the NBA Finals on ABC, next week's cable ratings should look a lot different.

1. NBA Playoffs - Lakers/Spurs (TNT)
2. NBA Playoffs - Lakers/Spurs (TNT)
3. NBA Playoffs - Celtics/Pistons (ESPN)
4. NBA Playoffs - Celtics/Pistons (ESPN)
5. NBA Playoffs - Celtics/Pistons (ESPN)
6. In Plain Sight (USA)
7. The Andromeda Strain - Part 2 (A&E)
8. The Andromeda Strain - Part 1 (A&E)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. Monday Night RAW (USA)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending May 18

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2008 8:05AM

NBA logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

Hey, did you hear there were a few basketballs games last week?

The NBA Playoffs - various teams against each other on two different networks - dominated the cable ratings. Monday Night RAW got the board too, while SpongeBob squeezed his way into the last spot.

1. NBA Playoffs - Jazz/Lakers (TNT)
2. NBA Playoffs - Celtics/Cavaliers (TNT)
3. NBA Playoffs - Celtics/Cavaliers (ESPN)
4. NBA Playoffs - Celtics/Cavaliers (TNT)
5. Monday Night RAW (USA)
6. NBA Playoffs - Jazz/Lakers (ESPN)
7. NBA Playoffs - Spurs/Hornets (TNT)
8. NBA Playoffs - Spurs/Hornets (ESPN)
9. Monday Night RAW (USA)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending April 27

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 30th 2008 2:36PM

HouseHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

Wait, no SpongeBob SquarePants this week? Actually, two episodes of the show just missed making the top 10. Probably because a certain cranky doctor named House decided to go on a rampage this week and take up three spots. The NBA Playoffs are rather popular too.

1. Monday Night RAW (USA)
2. NFL Draft (ESPN)
3. Monday Night RAW (USA)
4. NBA Playoffs (TNT)
5. House (USA)
6. House (USA)
7. House (USA)
8. NBA Playoffs (ESPN)
9. NBA Playoffs (TNT)
10. Zoey 101 (Nickelodeon)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending April 13

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 16th 2008 4:41PM

SpongeBobHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

A rather odd top 10 in the cable ratings this week. Not only did Monday Night RAW get pushed around a bit (down to #'s 4 and 6 for both hours because of strong showings for Rock Of Love and a Lifetime movie), but SpongeBob SquarePants has come back with a vengeance. He's not going to take any crap from anyone anymore.

1. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
2. The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Lifetime)
3. Rock Of Love (VH-1)
4. Monday Night RAW (USA)
5. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
6. Monday Night RAW (USA)
7. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
8. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending April 6

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 11th 2008 3:21PM

NCISHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

So...NCIS not only makes an appearance in the Nielsen network ratings every week, now the repeats on cable are in the top 10? This show has staying power.

Other than that, no surprises here. Monday Night RAW gets back in the top slots, SpongeBob and Hannah Montana make appearances, and The Wizards of Waverly Place continues to grow. I guess if there's one other surprise is that a movie on Spike made it all the way to number four.

1. Monday Night RAW (USA)
2. Monday Night RAW (USA)
3. The Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney)
4. Spike TV Movie (Spike)
5. The Hills (MTV)
6. iCarly (Nickelodeon)
7. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
8. NCIS (USA)
9. The Hills (MTV)
10. Hannah Montana (Disney)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending March 30

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 3rd 2008 4:23PM

Nickelodeon logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

A rather mixed up top 10 in the cable ratings this week. Not only did a bunch of kids and a certain green, slimy substance knock around the Monday Night RAW wrestlers, MTV pushed into the list with two shows, America's Best Dance Crew and The Hills. No Hannah Montana or iCarly in sight this week.

But nothing can stop the SpongeBob SquarePants juggernaut.

1. Kids Choice Awards (Nickelodeon)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending March 23

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2008 4:25PM

RAW logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

I just realized that I don't watch any of the shows in this week's top ten cable ratings. I mean, yeah, I've seen episodes of Law and Order: SVU and SpongeBob SquarePants in the past but they aren't shows I watch regularly. As for Monday Night RAW, Hannah Montana, iCarly, and Ella Enchanted...well, they're not really made for me I guess.

I think the last time something was in the top ten here that I watch regularly was Burn Notice.

1. Monday Night RAW (USA)
2. Monday Night RAW (USA)

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