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Cable Top 25: 'Monday Night Football,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'Jersey Shore' Top Weekly Cable Viewing

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October 25th, 2011


The Monday Night Football game between the Dolphins and Jets s topped cable viewership for the week ending October 23, but its 12.1 million was well down from last week's 16.4 million (likely thanks to the pitiful Dolphins). The season's second episode of The Walking Dead was in second with 6.7 million viewers just edging the season finale of Jersey Shore. The Nickelodeon movie Fred 2 and CNN's GOP debate and the Anderson Cooper 360 that followed it rounded out the top five.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending October 23, 2011:

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 Monday Night Football ESPN MONDAY 8:30 PM  12,062
2 Walking Dead AMC SUNDAY 9:00 PM  6,703
3 Jersey Shore SSN 4 MTV THURSDAY 10:00 PM  6,639
4 FRED 2: THE MOVIE NICK SATURDAY 8:00 PM  5,733
5 WESTERN REP DEBATE(S) CNN TUESDAY 8:00 PM  5,495
6 Anderson Cooper 360(S) CNN TUESDAY 9:52 PM  5,082
7 Jersey Shore SSN4 REUNION MTV THURSDAY 11:00 PM  5,039
8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN2 SATURDAY 7:15 PM  4,995
9 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM  4,635
10 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM  4,315
11 Storage Wars AEN WEDNESDAY 9:30 PM  4,250
12 NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN SUNDAY 2:00 PM  4,077
13 JESSIE DSNY FRIDAY 9:00 PM  4,026
14 FRED 2: THE MOVIE NICK SUNDAY 11:00 AM  3,991
15 SpongeBob NICK FRIDAY 8:00 PM  3,905
16 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 10:00 AM  3,904
17 NCIS USA SUNDAY 8:00 PM  3,896
18 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM  3,841
19 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:30 AM  3,827
20 Sons Of Anarchy FX TUESDAY 10:00 PM  3,650
21 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:00 AM  3,569
22 KUNG FU PANDA NICK SATURDAY 10:30 AM  3,569
23 SPONGEBOB NICK SUNDAY 10:30 AM  3,555
24 Shake It Up DSNY SUNDAY 8:30 PM  3,520
25 Wizards of Waverly Place DSNY FRIDAY 8:00 PM  3,417

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