The Monday Night Football game between the Chargers and Jaguars  topped cable viewership for the week ending December 11 with 9.5  million viewers, but that was down nearly five million viewers from the previous week’s Giants/Saints game. The Browns/Steelers game on Thursday was second for the week with 6.6 million viewers.  The 100th episode of The Closer on December 5 averaged 4.85 million viewers.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending December 11, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 CHARGERS/JAGUARS ESPN Mon 08:30P-11:35P 9466
2 2011 – CLE VS. PIT NFLN Thu 08:29P-11:31P 6578
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4854
4 STORAGE WARS A&E Tue 10:00P-10:30P 4792
5 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4774
6 AMERICAN CHOPPER DISC Tue 09:00P-10:02P 4766
7 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri 09:00P-10:01P 4650
8 HEISMAN TROPHY     L ESPN Sat 08:00P-09:02P 4603
9 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4481
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4402
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 4302
12 SONS OF ANARCHY FX Tue 10:00P-11:01P 4244
13 TEEN MOM II SSN 2 MTV Tue 10:00P-11:03P 4154
14 STORAGE WARS TEXAS A&E Tue 10:30P-11:00P 4057
15 JESSIE DSNY Fri 09:00P-09:30P 4009
16 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 3860
17 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3831
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3779
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3707
20 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3622
21 POLAR EXPRESS, THE DSNY Sat 08:00P-09:55P 3596
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3590
23 KENTUCKY/INDIANA ESPN Sat 05:24P-07:34P 3585
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3567
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:00A-09:30A 3564

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

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