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Cable Top 25: NFL, 'The Closer,' 'WWE RAW,' 'Pawn Stars' Top Week's Cable Viewing

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December 14th, 2010

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

There will be no more The Walking Dead in these reports for many months,  but Monday Night Football still rules.  The Jets/Patriots game topped week 12 cable viewing with 16.5 million viewers.

The late fall return of The Closer was a distant second, averaging 5.8 million viewers.  The Thursday NFL contest was third with 5.4 million viewers.  Even though the NFL Network is only available in ~50% of the home in the U.S., those Thursday games are taking a bite out of broadcast and other cable shows.

Sarah Palin's Alaska wasn't in the top 25, but its ratings saw a boost with Kate Gosselin's appearance.  Dexter's season five finale didn't make the top 25, but you can read about its ratings here.

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 December 12, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 JETS/PATRIOTS ESPN Mon 08:29P-11:38P 16,533
2 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,817
3 2010 - COLTS VS. TITANS NFLN Thu 08:30P-11:28P 5,394
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:12P 4,996
5 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4,808
6 INDIANA JNS & KINGDOM CRY USA Sun 09:00P-10:58P 4,698
7 GAME PLAN DSNY Sat 08:00P-10:00P 4,654
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,592
9 SpongeBob NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,549
10 SpongeBob NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 4,546
11 INDIANA JNS & KINGDOM CRY USA Thu 07:22P-10:00P 4,513
12 SANTA CLAUSE 2 FAM Sat 07:00P-09:00P 4,513
13 SANTA CLAUSE 3 FAM Sat 09:00P-11:00P 4,476
14 POLAR EXPRESS, THE DSNY Wed 08:00P-09:55P 4,398
15 SpongeBob NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 4,390
16 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,371
17 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 4,340
18 SPORTSCENTER:           L ESPN Mon 11:38P-01:10A 4,165
19 SpongeBob NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 4,156
20 INDI JONES N THE LST CRUS USA Sat 08:08P-11:00P 4,140
21 MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN  L ESPN Mon 07:00P-08:29P 4,123
22 SpongeBob NICK Mon 06:00P-06:30P 3,931
23 Pawn Stars HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 3,861
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,857
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 07:30P-08:00P 3,836

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