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BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock’ takes out Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’ in big week for cable

(November 10, 2010) In a week in which broadcast TV lost black viewers for its most popular shows, the cable networks saw a big boost in viewership. It’s not a certainty that this growth will continue to happen throughout the season, but the first week of November could be the start of a trend.

TBS remained the most watched network of the week, with 8.5 million tuning in six of its Top 25 shows. BET jumped to second place among networks — thanks to its “Black Girls Rock” special which drew 2.5 million viewers and the No.1 spot on the chart. BET had 5.4 million viewers for four of its top programs. Bravo was hot on BET’s heels with the help of a back-to-back block of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” It pulled in 5.3 million viewers for four shows.

Nielsen says that the Top 25 most popular shows with black audiences pulled in 31.7 million viewers. That’s increase of 18 percent over the previous week.

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