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A lot of these numbers have already been posted throughout the past week, but for those who want to also see viewer numbers for the pre-game, right before game and post game coverage for the record-setting Auburn-Oregon BCS Championship, you’re covered.

Thursday’s Jersey Shore set more series highs and was next after all the BCS coverage followed by the remarkable performance of the premiere of The Game on BET.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending January 16, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 AUBURN/OREGON ESPN Mon 08:33P-12:17A 27,316
2 BCS BOWL SHOWCASE  L ESPN Mon 08:27P-08:33P 16,872
3 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Mon 12:17A-12:31A 12,340
4 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Mon 08:00P-08:27P 11,973
5 JERSEY SHORE 2B MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 8,563
6 GAME, THE S4 BET Tue 10:00P-11:00P 7,680
7 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 7,109
8 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 6,656
10 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Sat 08:00P-08:30P 5,237
11 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN Mon 12:31A-01:40A 4,771
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,706
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:12P 4,651
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,549
15 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:30P 4,468
16 LETS STAY TOGETHER BET Tue 11:00P-11:30P 4,386
17 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 09:00P-09:30P 4,238
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Wed 05:30P-06:00P 4,122
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 4,110
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,108
21 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,101
22 NCIS USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 4,050
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 4,017
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:00A-09:30A 3,987
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Wed 05:00P-05:30P 3,932

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