The Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and Cowboys easily topped the week ending October 2, besting second place Jersey Shore by over 10 million viewers. ALDS game one of Tigers-Yankees was third for the week with 5.46 million viewers and the debut of Disney Channel’s Jessie was fourth with 4.63 million. The edition of ESPN’s Sportscenter that followed the Redskins/Cowboys game rounded out the top 5.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending October 2, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 REDSKINS/COWBOYS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:46P 17,104
2 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,061
3 TIGERS-YANKEES 1 TBSC Fri 08:30P-09:09P 5,461
4 JESSIE DSNY Fri 09:00P-09:30P 4,630
5 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 11:46P-01:15A 4,485
6 J SHORE AFTER HOURS SSN 4 MTV Thu 11:00P-11:30P 4,235
7 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,224
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,214
9 TIGERS-YANKEES 1 TBSC Sat 08:30P-11:41P 4,200
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,192
11 PHINEAS AND FERB DSNY Fri 09:30P-09:45P 4,180
12 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,169
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:03P 4,134
14 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 02:00P-05:51P 4,093
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,090
16 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4,009
17 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,967
18 YANKEES/TAMPA BAY ESPN Wed 12:05A-12:14A 3,841
19 ICARLY NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 3,835
20 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3,807
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3,784
22 VICTORIOUS NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 3,772
23 CARDINALS-PHILLIES 1 TBSC Sat 05:00P-08:14P 3,752
24 CARDINALS-PHILLIES 2 TBSC Sun 08:45P-12:08A 3,749
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3,695

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

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