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Cable Top 25: Brett Favre, New York Yankees, Badgers – Buckeyes, Chilean Miners Rescue & ‘iCarly’ Top Week’s Cable Viewing

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October 19th, 2010

For the weekly overall top cable network rankings, click here.

With baseball's postseason in full swing sports dominated this week's top 25, pushing many fan favorites out of the list.

The Monday Night Football game between the Jets and the Vikings topped all viewing for the week with nearly 14 million (17.313 million) viewers.  That was just a little bit off the Packers/Bears game two weeks ago that scored 17.45 million, but well above the Dolphins/Patriots game from the previous week.

The first game of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers on Friday was #2 with 8.1 million (game 2 on Saturday afternoon was #7 with 5.8 million).

The Wisconsin Badgers upset of the Ohio State Buckeyes was #3 with nearly 7.3 million viewers. Fox News coverage of the Chilean Miners rescue on Wednesday night was #4 with over 7 million viewers, and iCarly was #5 with nearly 6.7 million last Monday.

As usual, we have already posted almost all of this data separately, as well as quite a bit of  data for shows that aren't on the list below. Give our site's search feature near the top right of the site a try or our Overnight Cable TV Show Ratings category.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending October 17, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L (VIKINGS/JETS) ESPN MONDAY 9:05 PM 17,313
2 MLB ALCS (YANKEES-RANGERS 1) TBSC FRIDAY 8:00 PM 8,111
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L (OHIO STATE/WISCONSIN) ESPN SATURDAY 7:00 PM 7,271
4 SR/CHILE MINERS RESCUE FOXNC WEDNESDAY 8:16 PM 7,066
5 iCarly NAN MONDAY 8:00 PM 6,697
6 MLB DIVISION SERIES (RANGERS-RAYS 5) TBSC TUESDAY 8:00 PM 6,410
7 MLB ALCS (YANKEES-RANGERS 2) TBSC SATURDAY 4:00 PM 5,831
8 Jersey Shore 2 MTV THURSDAY 10:00 PM 5,681
9 TEEN MOM 2 MTV TUESDAY 10:00 PM 5,550
10 MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN L ESPN MONDAY 7:00 PM 5,341
11 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM 5,291
12 SD:CURSE OF THE LAKE MNST TOON SATURDAY 7:00 PM 5,130
13 Hannity FOXNC WEDNESDAY 9:00 PM 5,059
14 Big Time Rush NAN MONDAY 8:30 PM 4,915
15 iCarly NICK MONDAY 7:30 PM 4,766
16 MLB DIVISION SERIES (GIANTS-BRAVES 4) TBSC MONDAY 7:30 PM 4,667
17 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 10:30 AM 4,398
18 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM 4,340
19 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY FRIDAY 8:30 PM 4,330
20 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM 4,230
21 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC THURSDAY 8:00 PM 4,165
22 SpongeBob NICK SUNDAY 10:00 AM 4,123
23 iCarly NICK MONDAY 7:00 PM 4,086
24 Sonny with a Chance DSNY SUNDAY 8:00 PM 4,022
25 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN MONDAY 12:34 AM 4,012

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