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Last week’s Bears/Vikings Monday Night Football contest easily led cable viewing for the week with 17.1 million viewers.  The Christmas night Cowboys-Cardinals game was a distant second with 7.8 million.  Toy Story 2 was third for the week with over 6 million viewers on Sunday night and last Monday’s The Closer was fourth for the week with 5.4 million.

Well outside the top 25, Sarah Palin’s Alaska averaged 2.49 million viewers, down from the previous week’s 2.56 million.   Leroy Jethro Gibbs for president with SpongeBob as his running mate (or perhaps the other way around)?

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 December 26, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON      L-12/20/2010 ESPN M…… 8:30 PM 17,094
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME-12/25/2010 NFLN …..S. 7:41 PM 7,843
3 TOY STORY 2-12/26/2010 DSNY ……S 8:00 PM 6,045
4 CLOSER, THE-12/20/2010 TNT M…… 9:00 PM 5,400
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-12/20/2010 USA M…… 10:00 PM 5,388
6 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L-12/22/2010 ESPN ..W…. 8:00 PM 5,360
7 AMERICAN PICKERS-12/20/2010 HIST M…… 9:00 PM 5,292
8 MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN  L-12/20/2010 ESPN M…… 7:00 PM 5,046
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT-12/20/2010 USA M…… 9:00 PM 4,938
10 NCIS-12/26/2010 USA ……S 8:00 PM 4,792
11 SPONGEBOB-12/23/2010 NICK …T… 11:30 AM 4,617
12 SPONGEBOB-12/24/2010 NICK ….F.. 11:00 AM 4,485
13 SPONGEBOB-12/23/2010 NICK …T… 11:00 AM 4,449
14 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY-12/25/2010 TBSC …..S. 10:00 AM 4,405
15 NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME-12/23/2010 NFLN …T… 8:30 PM 4,394
16 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY-12/24/2010 TBSC ….F.. 8:00 PM 4,320
17 BEAUTY & THE BEAST-12/20/2010 DSNY M…… 8:00 PM 4,269
18 PAWN STARS-12/20/2010 HIST M…… 10:00 PM 4,269
19 NCIS-12/20/2010 USA M…… 8:00 PM 4,261
20 SPONGEBOB-12/24/2010 NICK ….F.. 10:30 AM 4,230
21 TOY STORY-12/26/2010 DSNY ……S 6:30 PM 4,120
22 SPORTSCENTER:           L-12/20/2010 ESPN M…… 11:45 PM 4,084
23 SPONGEBOB-12/24/2010 NICK ….F.. 11:30 AM 4,067
24 NCIS-12/26/2010 USA ……S 10:00 PM 4,025
25 NCIS-12/26/2010 USA ……S 7:00 PM 4,021

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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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