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Cable ratings: NFL, NFL and NFL top weekly cable charts

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December 22nd, 2009

With two games on the NFL Network this week, NFL took the top three spots, including the NFL Network viewing record-breaker on Saturday between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints which grabbed the #2 spot with nearly 10.5 million viewers.

For whatever reasons, The Closer was not its usual powerhouse, though it was the most-watched scripted show on cable.  Men of a Certain Age trailed an NCIS rerun in total viewers.  Keeping Up with the Kardashians garnered more than 4.2 million viewers, a viewing record for E!, although it trailed not one, but two repeats of NCIS.

Sadly, I've made the decision to no longer field requests.  We always post whatever data we see via press release or other trade publications already.  You can  subscribe to our RSS feed and  you can also follow @TravisYanan on Twitter.  During the week he usually posts some (not all) cable results for each weekday, usually late in the afternoon on the east coast (and Friday night data isn't posted until Monday) and he posts the links to that info on his Twitter account to the info on Marc Berman's PI Forums.  You should also follow @TVBill (it's not Bill Gorman, but he is a TV ratings junkie and sometimes posts cable ratings info. You can also follow me on Twitter, sometimes I will post some cable ratings, though I am not taking requests there either...

Update: top 25 list updated to include shows that were left off the initial list I had (if you're interested in why, see comments in the comment section).

Top 25  cable shows for the week ending December 20, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Time HH rating Viewers Live+SD (000)2
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L (CARDINALS/49ERS) ESPN MONDAY 8:30 PM 8.3 13,077
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME (COWBOYS/SAINTS) NFLN SATURDAY 8:22 PM 5.7 10,497
3 NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME (COLTS/JAGUARS) NFLN THURSDAY 8:22 PM 3.8 6,195
4 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 9:00 PM 3.6 5,454
5 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM 3.0 5,349
6 PRE-KICK (COWBOYS/SAINTS) NFLN SATURDAY 8:00 PM 3.0 5,161
7 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM 3.0 5,135
8 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM 3.0 4,796
9 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:30 AM 3.1 4,737
10 Men of a Certain Age TNT MONDAY 10:00 PM 2.8 4,425
11 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 9:00 PM 2.8 4,308
12 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 8:00 PM 2.5 4,267
13 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT SUNDAY 10:00 PM 2.7 4,237
14 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 12:30 PM 2.5 4,214
15 NCIS USA THURSDAY 7:30 PM 2.7 4,133
16 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK SATURDAY 10:00 AM 2.7 4,125
17 S SANTA CLAUSE 2, THE(S)-12/18/2009 DSNY FRIDAY 8:50 PM 2.3 4,075
18 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:00 AM 2.6 3,964
19 NCIS USA THURSDAY 6:30 PM 2.6 3,884
20 iCarly NICK FRIDAY 7:30 PM 2.4 3,809
21 iCarly MOVIE: GO TO JAPAN NICK MONDAY 6:00 PM 2.4 3,800
22 NCIS USA MONDAY 7:00 PM 2.6 3,796
23 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 12:00 PM 2.3 3,768
24 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC MONDAY 8:00 PM 2.3 3,767
25 RATATOUILLE FAM SATURDAY 8:00 PM 3,766

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

 
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