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Disney Channel Nears 2007 Cable Ratings Crown

The Disney Channel is on track to close out 2007 as No. 1 in prime time ratings for cable, barely edging USA Network, according to Nielsen data. Disney Channel has, with a few days to go in the year, pulled an average 2.2 prime-time rating, or 2,015,000 million households. NBC's USA, meanwhile, is just behind with a 2.1 rating and 1,997,000 households.

Year-over-year, though, Disney Channel is flat, and USA is down 5%. Second runner-up -- pending final ratings, is TNT with a 1.8 prime-time rating, down 10%. Tied for fourth are ESPN and TBS. Moving down the food chain, Lifetime and Fox News Channel are in sixth place, both with a 1.3 rating. Lifetime is down 7% and Fox News is flat.

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