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:
|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|
|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|
|14||BIG TIME RUSH||NAN||MONDAY||8:30 PM||4,915|
|16||MLB DIVISION SERIES (GIANTS-BRAVES 4)||TBSC||MONDAY||7:30 PM||4,667|
|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|
|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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