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In a Thanksgiving holiday week viewers were thankful for NFL and college football action that grabbed the top 3 spots and four of the top five.

The Walking Dead walked to series highs in its fifth episode and ranked fourth for the week with 5.56 million total viewers, and with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating will be ranked high with the advertising coveted demo as well.  Sarah Palin’s Alaska was a bit outside the top 25 at #28 with 3.49 million viewers.

Victorious scored 5.3 million viewers Friday night between 8p-9p and was ranked sixth in total viewing for the week.

Showtime’s Dexter wasn’t in the top 25, but fared well on Sunday, up 20% from the prior week, and 43% better than the season 5 premiere with 2.54 million viewers.  It was Dexter’s second-highest viewing ever, trailing only last year’s finale that had 2.57 million viewers.

NCIS grabbed four spots for USA and SpongeBob absorbed 11 out of the top 25 spots.

All numbers below are live plus same day DVR viewing up to 3am after the initial telecast.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending November 28, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 BRONCOS/CHARGERS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:40P 11,664
2 ARIZONA/OREGON ESPN Fri 07:22P-10:43P 7,787
3 2010 – BENGALS VS JETS NFLN Thu 08:30P-11:38P 7,106
4 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:00P-11:00P 5,561
5 BOISE STATE/NEVADA ESPN Fri 10:43P-01:58A 5,449
6 VICTORIOUS: FREAK OUT NICK Fri 08:00P-09:00P 5,273
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:05P 4,981
8 NCIS USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 4,951
9 TEXAS A&M/TEXAS ESPN Thu 08:00P-11:31P 4,886
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,730
11 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,542
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 01:00P-01:30P 4,469
13 NCIS USA Sun 07:00P-08:00P 4,451
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 11:30A-12:00P 4,434
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 01:30P-02:00P 4,303
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 11:00A-11:30A 4,298
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 12:30P-01:00P 4,269
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 12:00P-12:30P 4,262
19 NCIS USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,240
20 NCIS USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 4,178
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 10:30A-11:00A 4,100
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 02:00P-02:30P 3,907
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 10:00A-10:30A 3,869
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,833
25 VICTORIOUS: FREAK OUT NICK Sun 06:00P-07:00P 3,820

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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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