`iCarly' Special Tops 8.8 Million Viewers

Kids and tweens didn't quit on Nickelodeon's Dec. 5 iCarly prime time special, which posted a series record 8.8 million viewers.

The iQuit iCarly special set series records among tweens (3.7 million), kids 6-11 (3.9 million)
and kids 2-11 (4.7 million), and was the most watched show within those demos on all cable and broadcast channels during the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, according to network officials.

Overall the show ranked third among the most watched cable shows last week behind ESPN's Nov. 30 New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football telecast (21.4 million) and the Dec. 4 series finale of USA Network's Monk (9.4 million).
Including iQuit iCarly, six iCarly specials in 2009 have averaged more than 7.1 million viewers.

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