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  • Sports Account For 33 Of Top 50 Most-Viewed Shows On Cable In '10

    Sports telecasts accounted for 33 of the 50 most-viewed telecasts on cable TV in '10. The NFL accounted for the top 15 most-viewed telecasts, with the Giants-Cowboys "MNF" telecast on ESPN earning the top spot (17.953 million viewers). Among the top 50, the NFL accounted for 19 of the most-viewed cable telecasts. LeBron James' "Decision" on ESPN was the most-viewed NBA-related telecast on cable, topping all '10 NBA playoff telecasts. The top 50 also included four MLB telecasts, three college football games and a U.S.-Canada hockey game from the Vancouver Olympics.

    TOP 50 MOST-VIEWED SHOWS ON CABLE TV IN '10
    RK
    DATE
    PROGRAM
    NET
    U.S. RAT.
    VIEWERS (000)
    1
    10/25/10
    "Monday Night Football": Giants-Cowboys
    ESPN
    11.2
    17,953
    2
    9/27/10
    "Monday Night Football": Packers-Bears
    ESPN
    10.8
    17,454
    3
    10/11/10
    "Monday Night Football": Vikings-Jets
    ESPN
    10.7
    17,313
    4
    12/20/10
    "Monday Night Football": Bears-Vikings
    ESPN
    9.9
    17,094
    5
    12/28/09
    "Monday Night Football": Vikings-Bears
    ESPN
    10.4
    17,006
    6
    12/6/10
    "Monday Night Football": Jets-Patriots
    ESPN
    10.0
    16,533
    7
    9/20/10
    "Monday Night Football": Saints-49ers
    ESPN
    9.4
    15,120
    8
    11/15/10
    "Monday Night Football": Eagles-Redskins
    ESPN
    9.3
    15,032
    9
    11/8/10
    "Monday Night Football": Steelers-Bengals
    ESPN
    9.2
    15,016
    10
    9/13/10
    "Monday Night Football": Ravens-Jets
    ESPN
    9.4
    14,973
    11
    10/4/10
    "Monday Night Football": Patriots-Dolphins
    ESPN
    9.0
    13,971
    12
    1/31/10
    NFL Pro Bowl
    ESPN
    7.1
    12,297
    13
    12/13/10
    "Monday Night Football": Ravens-Texans
    ESPN
    7.7
    11,927
    14
    11/1/10
    "Monday Night Football": Texans-Colts
    ESPN
    7.4
    11,911
    15
    9/13/10
    "Monday Night Football": Chargers-Chiefs
    ESPN
    7.6
    11,889
    16
    10/22/10
    ALCS: Rangers-Yankees: Game Six
    TBS
    8.2
    11,863
    17
    11/22/10
    "Monday Night Football": Broncos-Chargers
    ESPN
    7.2
    11,664
    18
    9/12/10
    "2010 Video Music Awards"
    MTV
    6.2
    11,398
    19
    11/29/10
    "Monday Night Football": 49ers-Cardinals
    ESPN
    7.0
    11,202
    20
    1/18/10
    "iCarly"
    NickatNite
    6.0
    11,164
    21
    7/8/10
    LeBron James: "The Decision"
    ESPN
    6.1
    9,948
    22
    9/6/10
    NCAA Football: Boise State-Virginia Tech
    ESPN
    6.3
    9,888
    23
    10/19/10
    ALCS: Rangers-Yankees: Game Four
    TBS
    7.2
    9,846
    24
    10/18/10
    "Monday Night Football": Titans-Jaguars
    ESPN
    6.2
    9,666
    25
    5/13/10
    Eastern Conference Semifinals:
    Celtics-Cavaliers: Game Six
    ESPN
    5.7
    8,983
    26
    5/27/10
    Western Conference Finals:
    Lakers-Suns: Game Five
    TNT
    5.3
    8,670
    27
    7/13/10
    "Deadliest Catch"
    Discovery
    5.0
    8,546
    28
    5/23/10
    Western Conference Finals:
    Lakers-Suns: Game Three
    TNT
    5.0
    8,460
    29
    2/21/10
    Vancouver Winter Olympics:
    Men's Hockey: U.S.-Canada
    MSNBC
    4.3
    8,221
    30
    10/18/10
    ALCS: Rangers-Yankees: Game Three
    TBS
    5.9
    8,214
    31
    5/29/10
    Western Conference Finals:
    Lakers-Suns: Game Six
    TNT
    5.0
    8,154
    32
    10/15/10
    ALCS: Rangers-Yankees: Game One
    TBS
    5.0
    8,111
    33
    5/24/10
    Eastern Conference Finals:
    Celtics-Magic: Game Four
    ESPN
    4.9
    7,960
    34
    9/3/10
    "Camp Rock 2: Final Jam"
    Disney
    4.1
    7,955
    35
    9/6/10
    "The Closer"
    TNT
    4.9
    7,917
    36
    12/25/10
    "Saturday Night Football": Cowboys-Cardinals
    NFL Network
    3.8
    7,843
    37
    1/2/10
    Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas Tech-Michigan State
    ESPN
    4.8
    7,829
    38
    11/26/10
    NCAA Football: Arizona-Oregon
    ESPN
    4.5
    7,787
    39
    7/30/10
    "iCarly"
    Nickelodeon
    4.2
    7,740
    40
    7/12/10
    "The Closer"
    TNT
    5.0
    7,660
    41
    3/27/10
    "Kids Choice 10"
    Nickelodeon
    3.9
    7,639
    42t
    8/30/10
    "The Closer"
    TNT
    5.0
    7,607
    42t
    8/30/10
    "Rizzoli & Isles"
    TNT
    5.0
    7,607
    44
    9/18/10
    "Fred: The Movie"
    Nickelodeon
    4.1
    7,597
    45
    7/12/10
    "Rizzoli & Isles"
    TNT
    4.9
    7,553
    46
    6/4/10
    "iCarly Movie: iPsycho"
    Nickelodeon
    4.3
    7,518
    47
    6/12/10
    "Toy Story 2"
    Disney
    3.9
    7,479
    48
    8/9/10
    "Rizzoli & Isles"
    TNT
    4.8
    7,423
    49
    6/27/10
    "BET Awards Show"
    BET
    3.9
    7,356
    50
    7/19/10
    "Rizzoli & Isles"
    TNT
    4.6
    7,272
     
     
     
     
     
     

    NOTE: Measurement for all nets in '10 is from Dec. 28, 2009 through Dec. 26, 2010. All figures are live+same-day ratings, viewership.

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