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For the Ratings of Shows on Cable, It’s the Summer of Love

Aug 18, 2010  •  Post A Comment

As we’ve reached the dog days, cable’s ratings continue strong this summer.

Showtime set a ratings record with its cancer comedy "The Big C" on Monday night, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

The show drew the largest audience for Showtime in eight years for the debut of an original series, the story says. Laura Linney, who stars in the program, drew 1.2 million viewers to its first episode.

Its lead-in, the returning comedy "Weeds," drew 1.26 million viewers to its season debut, representing a 4% increase from its previous season’s premiere, the story adds.

"Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure," a special marking the character’s 10th year on television, averaged 3.3 million viewers on Nickelodeon’s Aug. 15 airing, reports Multichannel News.

The show was the highest-rated "Dora" primetime special since 2008 and was the most watched program during its 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. timeslot with children between 2 and 5 years old and with those between 2 to 11 years old, the story says.

A 12-minute documentary called "Dora the Girl Heard ‘Round the World’, which aired immediately after the special, drew 2.3 million viewers, the article adds.

The History Channel said, in an announcement, that  Sunday and Monday night lineups of "Ice Road Truckers" and "Top Shot" (Sunday night) and "American Pickers" and "Pawn Stars" (Monday night) continued to deliver in a big way this past week with record ratings for the network on both nights."

Furthermore, the annoucement said, "2010 to date, "Pawn Stars" remains History’s No.1 hit and "American Pickers" remains the No. 1 new non-fiction series of 2010 among total viewers and Adults 25-54."

Comedy Central did well with its recent raunchy roast of David HasselHoff, saying that the show lead the network to "its highest rated and most watched week since October 2009 with [persons]18-49 and [men] 18-34."

And the USA Network announced yesterday (Tuesday, August 17, 2010) that in the basic cable universe the network "is poised to win its fifth straight summer in P18-49, P25-54 and total viewers."

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