The Monday Night Football game between the Bears and Lions s topped cable viewership for the week ending October 16. The season premiere of The Walking Dead was in second with 7.26 million viewers (and a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating) beating out Jersey Shore. The final three NLCS games (Cardinals-Brewers) rounded out the top five.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending October 16, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 BEARS/LIONS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:49P 16,378
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 09:00P-10:30P 7,257
3 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 6,472
4 NLCS CARDINALS-BREWERS 6 TBSC Sun 07:57P-12:00A 5,938
5 NLCS BREWERS-CARDINALS 4 TBSC Thu 07:57P-11:38P 5,650
6 NLCS BREWERS-CARDINALS 5 TBSC Fri 07:57P-11:23P 5,461
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,375
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 4,667
10 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 11:49P-01:15A 4,651
11 NLCS BREWERS-CARDINALS 3 TBSC Wed 07:59P-11:28P 4,282
12 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,259
13 MAKE YOUR MARK DSNY Fri 08:30P-09:58P 4,200
14 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:30P 4,101
15 BET HIP HOP AWARDS BET Tue 08:00P-10:00P 4,078
16 MAKE YOUR MARK DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4,020
17 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS EN Mon 09:00P-11:00P 3,976
18 JESSIE DSNY Fri 09:58P-10:25P 3,921
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3,879
20 ARIZONA STATE/OREGON ESPN Sat 10:26P-01:49A 3,868
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3,804
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,646
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,629
24 FLORIDA/AUBURN ESPN Sat 07:00P-10:26P 3,571
25 SONS OF ANARCHY FX Tue 10:00P-11:01P 3,557

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

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