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Cable Top 25: 'Monday Night Football,' Republican Presidential Debate Top Weekly Cable Viewing

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December 20th, 2011

The Monday Night Football game between the Rams and Seahawks  topped cable viewership for the week ending December 18 averaging 9.9  million viewers, up about 400,000 viewers from last week's game. Thursday's Republican Presidential Debate on Fox News was second for the week averaging 6.7 million viewers.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending December 18, 2011:

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000) HH rating
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L (RAMS/SEAHAWKS) ESPN MONDAY 8:30 PM  9,880 6.2
2 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE(S) FOXNC THURSDAY 9:00 PM  6,713 4.4
3 NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME (2011 - DAL VS. TB) NFLN SATURDAY 8:29 PM  5,615 3.3
4 REP DEBATE ANALYSIS(S) FOXNC THURSDAY 10:55 PM  5,386 3.5
5 Gold Rush (ON THE GOLD) DISC FRIDAY 9:00 PM  5,380 3.2
6 CLOSER, THE (713 RELATIVE MATTERS) TNT MONDAY 9:00 PM  5,295 3.5
7 Pawn Stars HIST MONDAY 10:30 PM  5,232 3.3
8 Pawn Stars HIST MONDAY 10:00 PM  5,217 3.2
9 Storage Wars AEN TUESDAY 10:00 PM  5,204 3.2
10 RIZZOLI & ISLES (213 SEVENTEEN AINT SO SWEET) TNT MONDAY 10:00 PM  4,905 3.2
11 American Pickers HIST MONDAY 9:00 PM  4,852 3.0
12 Storage Wars TEXAS AEN TUESDAY 10:30 PM  4,683 2.8
13 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM  4,493 2.6
14 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 10:30 AM  4,371 2.7
15 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 10:00 AM  4,324 2.7
16 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM  4,161 2.5
17 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:30 AM  4,084 2.6
18 NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME (2011 - JAX VS. ATL) NFLN THURSDAY 8:29 PM  3,972 2.5
19 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC THURSDAY 8:00 PM  3,863 2.5
20 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:00 AM  3,759 2.4
21 KUNG FU PANDA NICK SATURDAY 11:00 AM  3,723 2.3
22 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 8:00 PM  3,673 2.2
23 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 9:00 PM  3,647 2.4
24 SPONGEBOB NICK SUNDAY 10:30 AM  3,540 2.3
25 PRE-KICK (PRE-KICK 11 DAL VS. TB) NFLN SATURDAY 8:00 PM  3,538 2.2

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