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Black Cable TV Ratings for Week  March 18 - 24
'Real Husbands' pass 'Real Housewives' to give BET most watched cable network title

(March 24, 2013) The feud between BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood and Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta saw a change in leadership last week. The BET comedy at last grabbed first place among the Top 25 favorite cable shows in black households, with 1.9 million viewers and a 10.1 African-American audience rating.

With a back-to-back two-show block on Tuesday nights, Husbands has also given BET a boost overall, with the network winning  most watched network title for the first time in weeks. It posted 7.5 million viewers across seven shows. Bravo was the second most viewed net with 4.2 million for three shows. VH1 had 3.2 million with three shows for third place.

The total number of viewers, according to Nielsen, watching the Top 25 was unchanged from the week's 26 million.

Top 25 Cable Shows in Black Households

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

1

REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD

BET

10.1

14.5

1,922

2

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

9.7

13.6

1,801

3

NBA REGULAR SEASON

ESPN

8.2

11.9

1,528

4

MARRIED TO MEDICINE

BRAVO

7.2

9.8

1,349

5

LOVE AND HIP HOP 3

VH1

6.6

9.6

1,241

6

SECOND GENERATION WAYANS

BET

5.9

8.6

1,120

7

BLACK INK CREW

VH1

5.9

8.2

1,167

8

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

5.8

8.2

1,073

9

THE BIBLE

HISTORY

5.6

7.7

1,130

10

REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD

BET

5.3

7.5

951

11

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

5.2

7.3

983

12

RIP THE RUNWAY

BET

5.1

7.4

1,175

13

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

5.0

7.1

1,009

14

KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2013

NICK

4.8

7.8

1,171

15

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.7

6.8

837

16

NBA REGULAR SEASON

ESPN

4.5

7.4

743

17

BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES

WE

4.5

6.3

844

18

BAD GIRLS CLUB

OXYGEN

4.4

6.6

837

19

THE FIRST 48

A&E

4.2

6.0

781

20

AFTER THE FIRST 48

A&E

4.2

6.0

775

21

LA LAS FULL COURT LIFE 3

VH1

4.2

5.9

819

22

REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD

BET

4.1

5.8

745

23

BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK

BET

4.0

6.2

797

24

BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK

BET

4.0

5.9

857

25

WWE FRI NIGHT SMACKDOWN

SYFY

4.0

6.2

796

Source: Nielsen 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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