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Cable Top 25: NFL, SpongeBob, The Walking Dead & Sarah Palin's Alaska Top Week’s Cable Viewing

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November 16th, 2010

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

As is typical in the fall,  Monday Night Football topped the week's cable viewing and SpongeBob was back to super-absorbency soaking up five of the top ten spots, and fifteen of the top twenty-five.  Conan who?  The square-panted SpongeBob's best outing pulled in nearly two million more viewers than the premiere of Conan.

The Walking Dead continued it's amazing run and ranked fourth for the week, followed by the premiere of Sarah Palin's Alaska which broke series premiere records for TLC.

The return of Burn Notice ranked 16th for the week in total viewers.

All numbers below are live plus same day DVR viewing up to 3am after the initial telecast.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending November 14, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 STEELERS/BENGALS ESPN Mon 08:29P-11:47P 15,016
2 SpongeBob NAN Thu 08:00P-08:30P 6,102
3 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 5,139
4 Walking Dead AMC Sun 10:00P-11:00P 5,074
5 2010 - RAVENS VS. FALCONS NFLN Thu 08:31P-11:42P 5,008
6 SARAH PALINS ALASKA TLC Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,957
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 4,630
8 SpongeBob NICK Thu 07:30P-08:00P 4,530
9 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,457
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 08:00P-08:30P 4,415
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,376
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 07:00P-07:30P 4,361
13 SOUTH CAROLINA/FLORIDA ESPN Sat 07:15P-10:38P 4,351
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 06:00P-06:30P 4,347
15 SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE NICK Sun 06:00P-08:00P 4,330
16 Burn Notice USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 4,317
17 PLANET SHEEN NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,289
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 06:30P-07:00P 4,249
19 CELTICS/HEAT TNT Thu 08:17P-11:05P 4,230
20 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 03:00P-06:30P 4,201
21 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 11:47P-01:30A 4,164
22 Conan TBSC Mon 11:00P-12:00A 4,155
23 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Fri 09:45P-10:15P 4,108
24 Shake It Up DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4,092
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 4,020

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