The Monday Night Football kickoff doubleheader on September 12 easily topped the week ending September 18. Jersey Shore, LSU vs. Mississippi State and The Closer rounded out the top five.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending September 18, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 PATRIOTS/DOLPHINS ESPN Mon 07:00P-10:39P 14,568
2 RAIDERS/BRONCOS ESPN Mon 10:39P-01:48A 11,109
3 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 6,967
4 LSU/MISSISSIPPI STATE ESPN Thu 08:00P-11:11P 6,250
5 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,154
6 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 5,626
7 ICARLY NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 4,753
8 VICTORIOUS NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 4,673
9 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,604
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,569
11 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4,523
12 STORAGE WARS A&E Wed 10:30P-11:00P 4,446
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 08:00P-08:30P 4,394
14 OAKLAND/DENVER ESP2 Mon 10:25P-10:46P 4,259
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,170
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 07:30P-08:00P 4,093
17 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,067
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 4,045
19 NECESSARY ROUGHNESS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P 4,007
20 NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3,921
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3,896
22 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 3,891
23 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3,882
24 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3,820
25 SONS OF ANARCHY FX Tue 10:00P-11:07P 3,710

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

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