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The Force was again with Spike TV over the weekend.

Following last weekend's strong numbers for the three Star Wars prequels, Spike scored again with Episodes 4-6 of the saga. Sunday's Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi (8-11 p.m.) performed the best with 4.1 million total viewers, nearly matching the numbers for the previous weekend's Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (4.2 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.

On Friday, Episode IV -- A New Hope averaged 2.5 million viewers from 8-11 p.m., while Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back brought in 3.5 million from 8-11 p.m. Saturday.

Overall, the premieres of the six movies averaged 3.4 million viewers, with a 62% male audience.

Meanwhile, a SpongeBob SquarePants special on Nickelodeon averaged 6.1 million viewers at 8 p.m. Friday, making it basic cable's most-watched program for the week ending April 13. The half-hour special, Pest of the West, also ranked No. 1 across all of broadcast and cable among the younger demos, including kids 2-11 (3.5 million), kids 6-11 (2.4 million) and tweens 9-14 (1.6 million).


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