Top 100 Most-Watched Telecasts On Basic Cable For 2009

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December 29th, 2009

Here are the top 100 most-watched cable telecasts for 2009 through December 27 (so it won't include last night's Monday Night Football game which would've been number 3!).  Though the list is only for basic cable, I'm guessing none of the HBO/Showtime airings would've made this list for any single telecast.

Also note that this is a "most current" view which blends Live+7 ratings wherever they were available (December 29, 2008 to December 13, 2009) and is Live+7 where they weren't (December 14-27).

Not surprisingly ESPN and sports absolutely dominated.  Only the strong performance of  The Wizards of Waverly Place Movie kept the entire top 10 from being Monday Night Football.  But if you hunt around, you will find some scripted shows, and of course, Jon & Kate Plus 8...

Rank Date Shows NET DAY(S) Time Viewers (000)
1 10/5/2009 PACKERS/VIKINGS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:56P 21,898
2 11/30/2009 PATRIOTS/SAINTS ESPN Mon 08:29P-11:37P 21,449
3 11/9/2009 STEELERS/BRONCOS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:41P 16,069
4 9/28/2009 PANTHERS/COWBOYS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:37P 15,735
5 9/21/2009 COLTS/DOLPHINS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:36P 14,726
6 9/14/2009 BILLS/PATRIOTS ESPN Mon 07:00P-10:17P 14,021
7 8/28/2009 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY MOVIE DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:46P 13,499
8 12/7/2009 RAVENS/PACKERS ESPN Mon 08:30P-12:04A 13,506
9 10/19/2009 BRONCOS/CHARGERS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:46P 13,500
10 10/12/2009 JETS/DOLPHINS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:49P 13,163
11 12/14/2009 CARDINALS/49ERS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:50P 13,077
12 10/26/2009 EAGLES/REDSKINS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:49P 12,788
13 11/2/2009 FALCONS/SAINTS ESPN Mon 08:30P-12:17A 12,400
14 11/23/2009 TITANS/TEXANS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:47P 12,103
15 9/14/2009 CHARGERS/RAIDERS ESPN Mon 10:17P-01:40A 11,992
16 12/21/2009 GIANTS/REDSKINS ESPN Mon 08:29P-11:37P 11,343
17 6/22/2009 JON & Kate Plus 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-10:00P 11,200
18 6/28/2009 BET AWARDS SHOW BET Sun 08:00P-11:44P 10,909
19 5/25/2009 JON & Kate Plus 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-10:13P 10,656
20 7/17/2009 WIZARDS ON DECK W/ HANNAH DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:30P 10,638
21 12/4/2009 MONK USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 10,622
22 9/12/2009 COLL FTBALL-SAT PRIME L ESPN Sat 07:50P-11:36P 10,621
23 12/19/2009 2009 - COWBOYS VS. SAINTS NFLN Sat 08:22P-11:34P 10,497
24 11/16/2009 RAVENS/BROWNS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:39P 10,214
25 5/26/2009 CAVALIERS/MAGIC TNT Tue 08:36P-11:52P 10,104
26 5/28/2009 MAGIC/CAVALIERS TNT Thu 08:34P-11:38P 10,016
27 12/5/2009 iCarly MOVIE: IQUITICARLY NICK Sat 08:00P-09:00P 9,903
28 6/26/2009 PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGR DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:45P 9,868
29 5/25/2009 LAKERS/NUGGETS ESPN Mon 08:56P-12:06A 9,764
30 9/13/2009 2009 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV Sun 09:00P-11:31P 9,352
31 5/27/2009 LAKERS/NUGGETS ESPN Wed 08:56P-11:50P 9,257
32 8/6/2009 Burn Notice USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 9,103
33 5/24/2009 CAVALIERS/MAGIC TNT Sun 08:36P-11:45P 9,011
34 8/8/2009 iCarly MOVIE: SHELBY MARX NICK Sat 08:00P-09:00P 8,901
35 7/27/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 8,877
36 8/24/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 8,809
37 1/20/2009 OBAMA INAUG OATH/SPEECH CNN Tue 12:05P-12:27P 8,789
38 8/17/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 8,562
39 5/29/2009 LAKERS/NUGGETS ESPN Fri 08:56P-11:40P 8,490
40 6/8/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 8,448
41 9/7/2009 MIAMI/FLORIDA STATE ESPN Mon 08:00P-11:56P 8,426
42 9/12/2009 iCarly NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 8,412
43 8/3/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 8,399
44 5/30/2009 CAVALIERS/MAGIC TNT Sat 08:35P-11:13P 8,394
45 11/6/2009 SpongeBob TRUTH OR SQUARE NICK Fri 08:00P-09:00P 8,387
46 5/17/2009 MAGIC/CELTICS TNT Sun 08:07P-10:46P 8,384
47 7/30/2009 Burn Notice USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 8,321
48 8/10/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 8,288
49 7/13/2009 2009 STATE FARM HOME RUN ESPN Mon 08:18P-11:09P 8,276
50 7/16/2009 Burn Notice USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 8,259
51 7/23/2009 Burn Notice USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 8,215
52 8/6/2009 Royal Pains USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 8,196
53 5/19/2009 NUGGETS/LAKERS ESPN Tue 08:57P-11:55P 8,131
54 7/20/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 8,054
55 7/5/2009 Hannah Montana DSNY Sun 08:00P-09:00P 7,983
56 10/21/2009 NLCS DODGERS-PHILLIES 5 TBSC Wed 08:00P-11:57P 7,980
57 7/16/2009 Royal Pains USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,972
58 3/28/2009 S KIDS CHOICE 09 NICK Sat 08:00P-09:35P 7,966
59 8/31/2009 VIKINGS/TEXANS ESPN Mon 08:00P-11:00P 7,940
60 7/30/2009 Royal Pains USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,939
61 1/20/2009 SR/INAUGURATION OF OBAMA CNN Tue 12:00P-12:38P 7,934
62 5/21/2009 NUGGETS/LAKERS ESPN Thu 08:56P-11:56P 7,908
63 7/13/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,873
64 7/23/2009 Royal Pains USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,805
65 6/18/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,731
66 6/22/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,708
67 6/29/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,695
68 6/15/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,695
69 2/15/2009 EAST VS WEST TNT Sun 08:25P-11:23P 7,691
70 6/22/2009 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 7,644
71 10/2/2009 Suite Life on Deck DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:00P 7,617
72 3/5/2009 Burn Notice USA Thu 10:00P-11:02P 7,613
73 12/26/2009 BOSTON COLLEGE/USC ESPN Sat 08:00P-11:26P 7,563
74 9/13/2009 2009 VMA POSTSHOW MTV Sun 11:31P-11:38P 7,539
75 12/7/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,504
76 6/4/2009 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 7,499
77 8/27/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,445
78 5/14/2009 LAKERS/ROCKETS ESPN Thu 09:51P-12:35A 7,368
79 7/6/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,352
80 5/20/2009 MAGIC/CAVALIERS TNT Wed 08:36P-11:34P 7,333
81 8/13/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,302
82 6/18/2009 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 7,298
83 1/26/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,293
84 11/7/2009 SpongeBob TRUTH OR SQUARE NICK Sat 09:30A-10:30A 7,272
85 7/9/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,267
86 8/20/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,257
87 6/25/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,178
88 5/9/2009 iCarly MOVIE:DATEABADBOY NICK Sat 08:00P-09:00P 7,172
89 11/27/2009 MONK USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 7,122
90 7/9/2009 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 7,046
91 5/2/2009 BULLS/CELTICS TNT Sat 08:04P-11:10P 7,011
92 2/23/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,994
93 5/22/2009 MAGIC/CAVALIERS TNT Fri 08:35P-11:41P 6,933
94 6/11/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 6,916
95 1/20/2009 SR/INAUGURATION OF OBAMA CNN Tue 11:00A-12:00P 6,885
96 12/25/2009 2009 - CHARGERS VS. TITAN NFLN Fri 07:34P-10:30P 6,883
97 3/7/2009 iCarly NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 6,883
98 6/4/2009 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:17P 6,856
99 2/16/2009 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,848
100 6/1/2009 JON & Kate Plus 8 TLC Mon 09:30P-10:00P 6,841
 
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