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As is typical in the fall,  Monday Night Football topped the week’s cable viewing.  The much anticipated debut of the new Miami Heat  was the second most-watched program on cable for the week with the Heat/Celtics game drawing 7.35 million.  I posted the numbers for The Walking Dead premiere yesterday, but fans will be happy to see it ranked so highly.  This is the first time I can remember an AMC show being in the top 25 since we started this site in September 2007.

NASCAR and Pawn Stars rounded out the top five.  SpongeBob was in an absorbent mood and soaked up seven of the top 25 spots.

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 October 31, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 GIANTS/COWBOYS ESPN Mon 08:30P-12:11A 17,953
2 HEAT/CELTICS TNT Tue 07:34P-10:26P 7,348
3 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:00P-11:27P 5,345
4 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 01:00P-04:50P 5,177
5 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,874
6 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,872
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 4,692
8 T.U.F.F. PUPPY NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 4,646
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,590
10 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4,491
11 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 12:11A-01:45A 4,468
12 ROCKETS/LAKERS TNT Tue 10:26P-01:34A 4,279
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,260
14 PLANET SHEEN NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 4,244
15 MONSTER HIGH NICK Sun 12:00P-12:30P 4,103
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 01:00P-01:30P 4,062
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 12:30P-01:00P 3,964
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 01:30P-02:00P 3,963
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:00A-09:30A 3,959
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 11:30A-12:00P 3,899
21 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 3,852
22 NCIS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P 3,815
23 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sun 11:00A-11:30A 3,797
24 MAGIC/HEAT ESPN Fri 07:57P-10:48P 3,774
25 AMERICAN RESTORATION HIST Mon 09:30P-10:00P 3,772

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