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TNT Sets Cable Records With NBA Playoffs

The NBA playoffs are playing well on the court and off, as news comes in that TNT has set cable records for their first-round NBA Playoff contest Thursday.  Nielsen estimates that the Chicago Bulls’ 128-127 triple overtime victory averaged 5.35 million viewers, easily cable’s top program for the night in most key categories.

The […]

40.35M Watched President Obama’s Second News Conference

The second press conference of President Barack Obama last night drew an audience of 40.35M viewers. The hour-long conference had a combined household rating of a 25.9 and was carried on 11 networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and mun2.

President Obama’s previous news conference was seen by […]

Big Boost for Battlestar Galactica Series Finale [Update]

Updated on 3/25/2009 at 1:05PM: The final numbers for the episode were 2.36M viewers.  Among the demos, it drew 1.5M adults 18-49 and 1.6M adults 25-54.  In terms of the season 4.5 average (based on live + same day DVR playback) the show averaged 1.77M viewers.  SCI FI reports that the season 4 average (based […]

Daily Show Gets Boost with Cramer Appearance

Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, featuring the highly anticipated interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, drew the show’s second largest audience of the year.  An average audience of 2.3 million viewers tuned in, ranking second only to January’s inauguration day episode, which delivered 2.6 million viewers.

Overall, the episode ranks in […]

Top Chef Season Five Finale Second-Highest-Rated Episode Ever

topchef-022709UPDATE: I’ve added the Bravo press release, which I missed earlier, and updated the article to reflect a more complete ratings picture.

The original article follows below.

Wednesday’s Top Chef season five finale on Bravo drew a 2.5/4 HH rating/share, 3.74 million viewers and a 2.1/6 adults 18-49 rating/share, becoming the show’s second-highest-rated episode.  The episode grew 11% over last year’s finale and was just one-tenth of a point behind season 2’s record high.  The 2.1 A18-49 rating translates to 2.77 million viewers in the demo, making for an incredibly impressive 74% of its total audience.

Here’s a bit more from the Bravo press release:

This season, “Top Chef: New York” averaged 2.14 million adults 18-49 and 3.02 million total viewers. Versus season four, the show is up 18 percent in adults 18-49 (vs. 1.81 million) and 19 percent in total viewers (vs. 2.54 million). Season-to-date, the series ranks No.1 for all cable entertainment in its Wednesday 10 p.m. time period among adults 18-49 and total viewers, and with the finale, the series also marked its fifth consecutive week of gains in those demographics.

The full press release, which also includes data for The Real Housewives of Orange County, follows after the jump. Continue reading Top Chef Season Five Finale Second-Highest-Rated Episode Ever

Tiger Woods Return to Golf Draws Record Audience for Golf Channel

Tiger Woods fans weren’t the only ones happy about the return of the golfer after a lengthy off-season due to injury/surgery.  The golfer’s return to competition on Wednesday at the Accenture Match Play Championship generated a 1.8 rating for the Golf Channel.  The network drew an average of 1.7 million viewers, the most for […]

President Obama Draws 52.37 Million Viewers

President Obama’s address to congress last night drew a total audience of 52.37 million viewers on 10 networks (broadcast and cable).  While well below President Clinton’s first address to congress in 1993 (66.9 million), it’s a good deal above both President Bush’s first (39.79M) and last (37.52M) address’s.

It’s also 6% above the audience […]