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Cable Top 25: NFL, 'Pawn Stars,' 'The Closer,' 'American Pickers,' 'Burn Notice' Top Week's Cable Viewing

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December 21st, 2010

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

Despite being well down from the previous week's 16.5 million viewers for the Jets/Patriots game, Monday Night Football easily ruled the cable viewing charts, averaging 11.93 million for Ravens/Texans.

History's Pawn Stars was in second with an impressive 6.3 million viewers followed by The Closer, American Pickers and the season four finale of Burn Notice, which all had more than 5 million viewers.

With 2.56 million viewers Sarah Palin's Alaska wasn't anywhere near the top 25.

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 19, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 RAVENS/TEXANS ESPN Mon 08:30P-12:02A 11,927
2 Pawn Stars HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 6,382
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,456
4 American Pickers HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,410
5 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,111
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,918
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:12P 4,909
8 2010 - 49ERS VS. CHARGERS NFLN Thu 08:30P-11:32P 4,890
9 SpongeBob NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 4,885
10 SpongeBob NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,822
11 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 4,774
12 Storage Wars HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,670
13 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,667
14 SpongeBob NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,499
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 05:30P-06:00P 4,169
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:00A-09:30A 4,140
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,122
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,941
19 SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE NICK Mon 06:00P-08:00P 3,912
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 05:30P-06:00P 3,903
21 iCarly NICK Mon 05:30P-06:00P 3,800
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 05:00P-05:30P 3,756
23 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 08:30P-09:00P 3,731
24 TOY STORY 2 FAM Sun 08:00P-10:00P 3,704
25 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 12:02A-01:31A 3,665

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 RAVENS/TEXANS ESPN Mon 08:30P-12:02A 11,927
2 Pawn Stars HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 6,382
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,456
4 American Pickers HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,410
5 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,111
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,918
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:12P 4,909
8 2010 - 49ERS VS. CHARGERS NFLN Thu 08:30P-11:32P 4,890
9 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 4,885
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,822
11 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 4,774
12 Storage Wars HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,670
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,667
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,499
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Thu 05:30P-06:00P 4,169
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:00A-09:30A 4,140
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,122
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,941
19 SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE NICK Mon 06:00P-08:00P 3,912
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 05:30P-06:00P 3,903
21 iCarly NICK Mon 05:30P-06:00P 3,800
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 05:00P-05:30P 3,756
23 Pawn Stars HIST Mon 08:30P-09:00P 3,731
24 TOY STORY 2 FAM Sun 08:00P-10:00P 3,704
25 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 12:02A-01:31A 3,665
 
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