ESPN Wins Basic Cable Ratings Race In October

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By Marcus Vanderberg Comments

Behind the strength of Monday Night Football, ESPN won the monthly ratings race for basic cable networks during the month of October.

The network averaged 3.7 million viewers between Sept. 27 to Oct. 31 according to a Disney-ABC Television Group analysis of Nielsen data.

TBS finished second with 3.2 million viewers and USA was third with 3 million. All three networks lost viewers compared to last year’s numbers.Below are the top 10 most watched basic cable network shows in October:

Most Watched Basic Cable Network Shows In October*
1. 10/25    NFL MNF – Giants/Cowboys    ESPN    17.9 million
2. 9/27 Â   NFL MNF – Packers/Bears ESPNÂ   17.4 million
3. 10/11 NFL MNF – Vikings/Jets   ESPN    17.3 million
4. 10/4    NFL MNF – Patriots/Dolphins    ESPN    13.9 million
5. 10/22 MLB Playoffs – Yankees/Rangers, Gm. 6Â   TBS Â   Â   11.8 million
6. 10/19 MLB Playoffs – Rangers/Yankees Gm. 4 Â   TBS Â   Â   9.8 million
7. 10/18   NFL MNF- Titans/Jaguars         ESPN    9.6 million
8. 10/18Â   MLB Playoffs- Rangers/Yankees Gm. 3Â   TBSÂ   8.2 million
9. 10/15Â   MLB Playoffs – Yankees/Rangers Gm. 1Â   TBS Â   8.1 million
10. 10/23    NBA – Heat/Celtics    TNT    7.3 million

*Period of Sept. 27 to Oct. 31