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Buying Power report: Blacks spend as economy grows
New 16th edition shows $507 bil in spending



The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report. In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. ...

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Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of April 9 - 15
BET's vends off challenge from VH1, TBS to remain No.1 cable network of the week

(April 18, 2012) With only three shows on the Top 25 chart of best rated cable shows with black audiences, BET still managed to barely fight off competition for bragging rights. "The Game" still took the No.1 spot and claimed about a half million more viewers than the NBA game airing the same night on ESPN.

BET had 4.6 million viewers across three shows, which made it the most watched cable network of the week in a close race. VH1 took second again with 4.5 million for four shows. TBS was not far behind with 4.1 million.

The total number of viewers for the Top 25 cable shows of the week, according to Nielsen, was 27.1 million. That's an increase of 11% from last week, and nearly equal to the 27.9 million watching Top 25 TV network shows for the same week.

Top 25 Cable Shows in Black Households

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

1

THE GAME

BET

10.1

14.2

2,017

2

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

9.3

13.1

1,878

3

NBA BASKETBALL

TNT

8.6

12.6

1,601

4

LETS STAY TOGETHER

BET

8.2

11.7

1,602

5

BASKETBALL WIVES

VH1

7.9

11.9

1,428

6

LA LAS FULL COURT LIFE

VH1

7.1

9.9

1,277

7

NBA REGULAR SEASON  

ESPN

7.0

10.5

1,186

8

TYLER PERRYS I CAN DO BAD

TBS

6.6

10.2

1,327

9

NBA REGULAR SEASON  

ESPN

5.9

9.2

1,005

10

TYLER PERRYS I CAN DO BAD

TBS

5.8

8.3

1,129

11

THE GAME

BET

5.1

7.1

993

12

BASKETBALL WIVES

VH1

5.0

7.0

897

13

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.9

6.8

985

14

TYLER PERRYS I CAN DO BAD

TBS

4.8

7.7

823

15

STYLED BY JUNE

VH1

4.7

6.4

909

16

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.4

6.0

833

17

A.N.T.  FARM

DISNEY

4.4

6.3

903

18

JESSIE

DISNEY

4.4

6.1

803

19

HOUSE OF PAYNE

TBS

4.3

6.5

755

20

TYLER PERRYS I CAN DO BAD

TBS

4.2

6.8

794

21

SHAKE IT UP

DISNEY

4.2

6.1

951

22

NBA REGULAR SEASON

ESPN

4.1

6.0

741

23

HOUSE OF PAYNE

TBS

3.9

6.1

698

24

SHAHS OF SUNSET

BRAVO

3.8

5.3

703

25

HOW TO ROCK

NICK

3.7

6.3

863

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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