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Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of March 5 - 11
BET's 'The Game' holds on to No.1 over Oprah's Whitney Houston special

(March 18, 2012) For the first time since launching in January of last year, the Oprah Winfrey Network has made it to the Top 25 chart of favorite cable shows in black households. An exclusive interview with Whitney Houston's family attracted 2.3 million black viewers to the OWN special. BET, however, captured the No.1 spot. While OWN had a slightly larger audience than BET's "The Game," Oprah's special had a slightly lower rating.

BET also held on to the distinction of most watched cable network for the week, with 6.5 million tuning in five shows. VH1 attracted 5five million for four of its programs for second place. OWN earned third place with 3.1 million for two airing of its Whitney Houston special.

Nielsen says that 27 million black viewers watched tall the Top 25 cable shows. That's a drop of six percent from the previous week.

Top 25 Cable Shows in Black Households

   Rank | Program | Network | AA Rating | AA Share | Viewers 2+

1

THE GAME S5

BET

11.4

16.3

2,241

2

OPRAHS NEXT CHAPTER

OWN

11.3

15.3

2,330

3

T.I. AND TINY

VH1

9.2

12.7

1,729

4

BASKETBALL WIVES 4

VH1

9.0

12.8

1,664

5

LETS STAY TOGETHER S2

BET

8.3

12.1

1,613

6

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

7.3

9.9

1,336

7

HOUSE OF PAYNE

TBS

5.9

8.5

1,161

8

THE GAME S5

BET

5.7

8.1

1,058

9

HOUSE OF PAYNE

TBS

5.4

8.1

1,050

10

BASKETBALL WIVES 4

VH1

5.1

7.1

981

11

NBA BASKETBALL

TNT

4.8

7.0

855

12

BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES

WE

4.6

6.5

847

13

THEGAME S5

BET

4.6

6.6

842

14

OPRAHS NEXT CHAPTER

OWN

4.5

6.6

833

15

SHAKE IT UP

DISNEY

4.4

6.2

860

16

BAD GIRLS CLUB

OXYGEN

4.4

6.2

872

17

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.4

6.2

790

18

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.2

5.7

709

19

BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK

BET

4.1

6.4

828

20

THE FIRST 48

A&E

4.0

5.8

728

21

THE FIRST 48

A&E

3.8

5.4

689

22

JESSIE

DISNEY

3.8

5.1

823

23

T.I. AND TINY

VH1

3.8

5.4

705

24

HOUSE OF PAYNE

TBS

3.8

5.6

746

25

UNSUNG

TV ONE

3.8

5.3

789

Source: Nielsen Media Research. Ranked by percent of African-American households watching. Based on live and same day viewing. Number of viewers shown in thousands (1,000 = 1 million). Representing more than 13.45 million television households in the U.S., the African-American television audience is the largest minority segment in Nielsen's measurement samples. All times eastern.

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