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With election over, ESPN returns to cable lead

November 19, 2004|by Zap2it.com

With the 2004 election ended in relatively orderly and timely fashion, Fox News Channel returned to its high, but not astronomical, level of viewership and ESPN reclaimed the cable ratings top spot.

ESPN ruled the cable roost for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 14, averaging 2.74 million viewers per night in primetime. Second place went to USA Network, which hooked 2.36 million primetime viewers, followed by TNT, which had 2.17 million. FNC settled for fourth on the week with 2.14 million and Nick at Night was fifth with 1.94 million.

The week's most watched cable program was ESPN's Sunday night football battle between the Bills and Patriots, which drew 7.78 million viewers for the New England rout. ESPN also saw the Sunday clip package "NFL Primetime" go to No. 9 with 4.24 million viewers.

Most of the basic cable list was dominated by animated Nickelodeon programming.

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