Friday, December 30, 2005

'05 Cable Ratings Wrap Up

TNT takes '05 basic cable ratings crown

Turner Network Television takes this year’s crown for total viewers in key demographics among all basic cable networks for 2005, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The channel's "The Closer," the most-watched original cable series of the year, was credited with pushing the network to the top. USA Network placed second for the year increasing overall viewership by 2 percent over 2004, followed by Nick at Nite (up 4 percent), ESPN (down 3 percent) and Fox News Channel. Links: Chicago Sun-Times – TNT Claims basic cable crown, Adweek – TNT, USA Win Cable Ratings with Original Series, Yahoo!TV – TNT Wins cable race for a 4th year

2005 Cable News Ratings

Speaking of FNC, in 2005, they were still #1 and CNN was still #2 while MSNBC and Headline News battled for #3. O’Reilly leads the pack, with the most viewers overall and among the 25-54s. Fox News had 11 of the top 12 shows in 2005. Only CNN’s Larry King Live busts in, at #6. This is the fourth year in a row at the top for FNC. Link: - TVNewser 2005 ratings

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