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With baseball’s postseason in full swing sports dominated this week’s top 25, pushing many fan favorites out of the list.

The Monday Night Football game between the Dolphins and Patriots topped all viewing for the week with nearly 14 million (13.97 million) viewers.  That was down from the prior week’s Packers/Bears game that scored 17.45 million, but more than enough to easily come out on top for the week.  Look for Vikings/Jets game to come out on top in next week’s list with much higher numbers.

Eight major league playoff games made the list this week led by game one of the Yankees-Twins series with 6.91 million viewers.  All of the games from Yankees-Twins, Reds-Phillies and Giants-Braves played during the week made the list,  but none of the Rangers-Rays games made the list (at least in part because they didn’t play a single game in primetime).  But here are the numbers for Rangers-Rays:

Rangers-Rays Gm 3, 5pm Saturday Oct. 9: 3.51 million
Rangers-Rays Gm 2, 2:30p, Thursday Oct 7: 2.42 million.
Rangers-Rays Gm 1, 1:29p, Weds Oct 6: 2.24 million

Jersey Shore was third for the week with 5.35 million viewers.

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 10, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 PATRIOTS/DOLPHINS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:33P 13,971
2 YANKEES-TWINS 1 TBSC Wed 08:30P-12:30A 6,914
3 JERSEY SHORE 2 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,351
4 YANKEES-TWINS 2 TBSC Thu 06:00P-09:17P 5,341
5 LSU/FLORIDA ESPN Sat 07:30P-11:04P 5,321
6 REDS-PHILLIES 2 TBSC Fri 06:00P-09:51P 5,024
7 BRAVES-GIANTS 1 TBSC Thu 09:30P-12:13A 4,888
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 4,883
9 TWINS-YANKEES 3 TBSC Sat 08:47P-11:55P 4,810
10 BRAVES-GIANTS 2 TBSC Fri 09:51P-01:27A 4,774
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,670
12 PHILLIES-REDS 3 TBSC Sun 08:06P-11:20P 4,653
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,583
14 GIANTS-BRAVES 3 TBSC Sun 04:33P-08:06P 4,231
15 REDS-PHILLIES 1 TBSC Wed 05:00P-07:58P 4,209
16 TEEN MOM 2 MTV Tue 10:00P-11:00P 4,129
17 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 03:00P-06:32P 4,072
18 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3,962
19 MLB GAME BREAK TBSC Thu 09:17P-09:30P 3,913
20 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 11:33P-01:00A 3,840
21 NCIS USA Sat 10:00P-11:00P 3,819
22 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,648
23 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,647
24 MLB GAME BREAK TBSC Wed 07:58P-08:30P 3,629
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,617

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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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