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Cable Top 25: Rose Bowl, Saints-Falcons and College Bowls Dominate Weekly Cable Viewing; NCIS Impressive Too

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January 4th, 2011

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The Rose Bowl on New Year's Day topped all cable viewing for the week and edged out the Saints-Falcons Monday Night Football contest.  NFL, College Bowls and college pregame shows grabbed the first 8 spots on the list and 13 out of the top 25 spots.   Last Monday's The Closer was the cable's most-watched scripted show for the week ranking ninth overall with 6.5 million viewers.

Five NCIS airings on Saturday all averaged over 4.8 million, with two of them averaging over 5 million.  Despite all the football, SpongeBob was not to be denied either, with two Tuesday morning episodes with making the top 25 with more than 4.5 million 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 January 2, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 ROSE BOWL  L (WISCONSIN/TCU) ESPN SATURDAY 5:07 PM 20,558
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON L (SAINTS/FALCONS) ESPN MONDAY 8:29 PM 19,137
3 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN SATURDAY 8:15 PM 14,551
4 BCS BOWL SHOWCASE  L (FIESTA BOWL) ESPN SATURDAY 8:30 PM 12,440
5 BCS BOWL SHOWCASE  L (ROSE BOWL) ESPN SATURDAY 4:57 PM 11,887
6 FIESTA BOWL  L (CONNECTICUT/OKLAHOMA) ESPN SATURDAY 8:37 PM 10,819
7 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L (SOUTH CAROLINA/FSU) ESPN FRIDAY 7:30 PM 7,492
8 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L (UNC/TENNESSEE) ESPN THURSDAY 6:40 PM 7,107
9 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 9:00 PM 6,514
10 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L (ALABAMA/MICHIGAN ST) ESPN SATURDAY 1:00 PM 6,045
11 TOY STORY 2 DSNY MONDAY 11:30 AM 5,941
12 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L  (NEBRASKA/WASHINGTON) ESPN THURSDAY 10:46 PM 5,653
13 NCIS USA SATURDAY 9:00 PM 5,412
14 NCIS USA SATURDAY 8:00 PM 5,266
15 NCIS USA SATURDAY 7:00 PM 4,953
16 NCIS USA SATURDAY 6:00 PM 4,950
17 SPORTSCENTER:           L ESPN MONDAY 11:51 PM 4,830
18 NCIS USA SATURDAY 10:00 PM 4,822
19 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L (GEORGIA/CENTRAL FLORIDA) ESPN FRIDAY 3:30 PM 4,755
20 American Pickers HIST MONDAY 9:00 PM 4,722
21 SpongeBob NICK TUESDAY 11:00 AM 4,692
22 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM 4,676
23 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L (OKLAHOMA ST/ARIZONA) ESPN WEDNESDAY 9:31 PM 4,643
24 SpongeBob NICK TUESDAY 11:30 AM 4,599
25 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN SATURDAY 12:19 AM 4,565

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