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Cable ratings: NFL,College Football and The Closer Season Finale Top weekly cable charts

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December 29th, 2009

Unsurprisingly the holiday week was led by sports, with the top five sports dominated by NFL and college bowl games (or post-game coverage).

Those of you looking for Men of a Certain Age, it didn't make the top 25, and was #29 based on viewing with 3.696 million on December 21.   And since there's not much going on this week, last night's (12/28 episode) dropped a little further to 3.123 million.   Hard to say how much of that was because there was no new episode of The Closer as a lead-in last night, how much was due to the holidays and how much of that was due to Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings trying to stage an overtime comeback that fell just short on ESPN.   I can tell you that last night's Monday Night Football game averaged 17.01 million, nearly six million more than last week's game (listed below) and that it is a fact that Men of a Certain Age really like NFL football...

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 27, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Time Viewers Live+SD (000)2
1 GIANTS/REDSKINS ESPN Mon 08:29P-11:37P 11,343
2 BOSTON COLLEGE/USC ESPN Sat 08:00P-11:26P 7,563
3 2009 - CHARGERS VS. TITAN NFLN Fri 07:34P-10:30P 6,883
4 COLL FTB TONIGHT SCOREB L ESPN Sat 07:44P-08:00P 6,329
5 PITTSBURGH/UNC ESPN Sat 04:30P-07:44P 6,131
6 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,971
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:11P 4,841
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,830
9 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,772
10 SpongeBob NICK Thu 11:30A-12:00P 4,550
11 NCIS USA Sat 08:00P-09:00P 4,411
12 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Thu 08:00P-10:00P 4,398
13 SpongeBob NICK Thu 11:00A-11:30A 4,382
14 COLL GAMEDAY SCOREBOARD L ESPN Sat 04:15P-04:30P 4,370
15 SpongeBob NICK Thu 10:30A-11:00A 4,333
16 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Fri 10:00A-12:00P 4,202
17 NCIS USA Sat 07:00P-08:00P 4,144
18 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Fri 12:00P-02:00P 4,068
19 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 4,014
20 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 3,915
21 NCIS USA Mon 06:00P-07:00P 3,907
22 POLAR EXPRESS, THE DSNY Mon 08:00P-09:50P 3,882
23 NCIS USA Sat 06:00P-07:00P 3,849
24 MARSHALL/OHIO ESPN Sat 12:57P-04:15P 3,809
25 FANBOY & CHUM CHUM NICK Thu 12:00P-12:30P 3,753

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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)

Rank Shows NET DAY(S) Time Viewers Live+SD (000)2
1 GIANTS/REDSKINS ESPN Mon 08:29P-11:37P 11,343
2 BOSTON COLLEGE/USC ESPN Sat 08:00P-11:26P 7,563
3 2009 - CHARGERS VS. TITAN NFLN Fri 07:34P-10:30P 6,883
4 COLL FTB TONIGHT SCOREB L ESPN Sat 07:44P-08:00P 6,329
5 PITTSBURGH/UNC ESPN Sat 04:30P-07:44P 6,131
6 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,971
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:11P 4,841
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,830
9 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,772
10 SpongeBob NICK Thu 11:30A-12:00P 4,550
11 NCIS USA Sat 08:00P-09:00P 4,411
12 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Thu 08:00P-10:00P 4,398
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 11:00A-11:30A 4,382
14 COLL GAMEDAY SCOREBOARD L ESPN Sat 04:15P-04:30P 4,370
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 10:30A-11:00A 4,333
16 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Fri 10:00A-12:00P 4,202
17 NCIS USA Sat 07:00P-08:00P 4,144
18 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Fri 12:00P-02:00P 4,068
19 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 4,014
20 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 3,915
21 NCIS USA Mon 06:00P-07:00P 3,907
22 POLAR EXPRESS, THE DSNY Mon 08:00P-09:50P 3,882
23 NCIS USA Sat 06:00P-07:00P 3,849
24 MARSHALL/OHIO ESPN Sat 12:57P-04:15P 3,809
25 FANBOY & CHUM CHUM NICK Thu 12:00P-12:30P 3,753
 
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