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The Ohio State-Arkansas Sugar Bowl topped the cable viewing week with 13.6 million viewers followed by the Virginia Tech-Stanford Orange Bowl with 10.7 million.   Not counting a 6 minute pre-game for the Sugar Bowl, Jersey Shore was third for the week with its season 2.5 premiere averaging over 8.4 million.  The season finale of The Closer averaged 6.6 million and Lifetime’s The Craiglist Killer made the top ten with 5.4 million viewers.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending January 9, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 OHIO ST/ARKANSAS ESPN Tue 08:35P-12:20A 13,635
2 VIRGINIA TECH/STANFORD ESPN Mon 08:38P-11:38P 10,682
3 BCS BOWL SHOWCASE  L ESPN Tue 08:29P-08:35P 9,021
4 JERSEY SHORE 2B MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 8,446
5 2011 VA TECH/STANFORD ESPN Mon 11:38P-11:55P 7,789
6 BCS BOWL SHOWCASE  L ESPN Mon 08:29P-08:38P 7,579
7 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Tue 12:20A-12:36A 7,059
8 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,626
9 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Tue 08:00P-08:29P 6,288
10 CRAIGSLIST KILLER, THE LIFE Mon 09:00P-11:00P 5,391
11 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Mon 08:00P-08:29P 4,956
12 BCS  BOWL STUDIO L ESPN Mon 11:55P-12:05A 4,807
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 4,662
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 06:00P-06:30P 4,446
15 HANNAH MONTANA FOREVER DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 4,338
16 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,336
17 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FAM Mon 07:58P-09:00P 4,222
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 06:30P-07:00P 4,182
19 VICTORIOUS NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 4,175
20 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,111
21 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4,071
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 06:00P-06:30P 3,985
23 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Fri 08:30P-08:55P 3,956
24 GAME PLAN DSNY Mon 08:00P-10:00P 3,848
25 BIG TIME RUSH NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 3,807

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

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