The Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and 49ers topped cable viewing for the week with 16.7 million viewers, up big from the prior week’s lousy Rams/Seahawks game that averaged 9.9  million viewers.

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

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 STEELERS/49ERS ESPN Mon 08:48P-12:28A 16,677
2 BOSTON/NEW YORK TNT Sun 12:00P-02:57P 5,860
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,812
4 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 5,324
5 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 5,164
6 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 5,033
8 STORAGE WARS A&E Tue 10:00P-10:30P 4,824
9 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 12:28A-01:30A 4,666
10 2011 – HOU VS. IND NFLN Thu 08:30P-11:28P 4,583
11 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Sun 10:00A-12:00P 4,532
12 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,428
13 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,299
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 4,169
15 TOY STORY 2 DSNY Fri 09:00A-10:40A 4,159
16 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Sat 08:00P-10:00P 4,126
17 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Sat 10:00P-12:00A 4,095
18 STORAGE WARS TEXAS A&E Tue 10:30P-11:00P 4,039
19 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri 09:00P-10:01P 3,962
20 TOY STORY 2 DSNY Thu 08:30P-10:10P 3,898
21 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Sun 12:00P-02:00P 3,675
22 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBSC Sun 08:00A-10:00A 3,663
23 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE XMAS FAM Fri 08:00P-10:30P 3,662
24 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3,601
25 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE DSNY Fri 10:40A-11:05A 3,435

There is a lot more information in the daily cable ratings.

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