Note: at the time I created the table below I hadn’t yet seen the numbers for Sunday night’s premiere of Boardwalk Empire — it averaged 4.8 million at 9pm  Sunday and HBO renewed it! Though not currently reflected in the table below, it would be #10. Remember, HBO is only in about 1/3rd as many homes as the other networks.

As expected, both games of the Monday Night Football doubleheader on September 13 topped the weekly cable viewing, led by Ravens/Jets with 14.97 million.  Barring a miracle, you can count on seeing Monday Night Football perched at the top of this chart for the next three months. 

YouTube sensation “Fred Figglehorn” was a hit on TV as well as Nickelodeon’s Fred: The Movie landed and third.  The summer finales of The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Covert Affairs took the next three spots with the Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Boardwalk Empire (which is not in the table below) rounding out the top ten.

As usual, we have already posted almost all of this data separately, as well as quite a bit of  data for shows that aren’t on the list below. Give our site’s search feature near the top right of the site a try or our Overnight Cable TV Show Ratings category.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending September 19, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 RAVENS/JETS ESPN Mon 07:15P-10:35P 14,973
2 CHARGERS/CHIEFS ESPN Mon 10:35P-01:21A 11,889
3 FRED: THE MOVIE NICK Sat 08:00P-10:00P 7,597
4 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,209
5 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 6,559
6 COVERT AFFAIRS USA Tue 10:00P-11:00P 5,233
7 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 5,105
8 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,981
9 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,866
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,741
11 FRED THE MOVIE NAN Sun 08:00P-10:00P 4,687
12 COVERT AFFAIRS USA Tue 09:00P-10:00P 4,586
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 4,492
14 WALL-E DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:45P 4,406
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,399
16 ARKANSAS/GEORGIA ESPN Sat 12:01P-03:19P 4,251
17 CLEMSON/AUBURN ESPN Sat 06:59P-10:57P 4,248
18 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,209
19 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,191
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 4,080
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,930
22 ICARLY NICK Sat 07:30P-08:00P 3,889
23 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS EN Sun 10:00P-10:30P 3,776
24 JERSEY SHORE 2 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 3,747
25 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 01:00P-04:30P 3,677

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

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