List of top 15 cable programs for Dec. 14-20

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Posted: Dec 24, 2009 8:08 AM

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Dec. 14-20. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

1. NFL Football: Arizona vs. San Francisco (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), ESPN, 9.52 million homes, 13.07 million viewers.

2. NFL Football: Dallas vs. New Orleans (Saturday, 8:22 p.m.), NFL Network, 6.59 million homes, 10.49 million viewers.

3. NFL Football: Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville (Thursday, 8:22 p.m.), NFL Network, 4.36 million homes, 6.39 million viewers.

4. "The Closer" (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.1 million homes, 5.45 million viewers.

5. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.54 million homes, 4.73 million viewers.

6. "NCIS" (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), USA, 3.45 million homes, 4.79 million viewers.

7. "WWE Raw" (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.44 million homes, 5.34 million viewers.

8. "Pre-Kick" (Saturday, 8 p.m.), NFL Network, 3.42 million homes, 5.46 million viewers.

9. "WWE Raw" (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.41 million homes, 5.43 million viewers.

10. "Men of a Certain Age" (Monday, 10 p.m.), TNT, 3.23 million homes, 4.42 million viewers.

11. "NCIS" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.17 million homes, 4.3 million viewers.

12. "Penguins of Madagascar" (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.13 million homes, 4.12 million viewers.

13. "Keeping up With the Kardashians" (Sunday, 10 p.m.), E! Entertainment, 3.08 million homes, 4.23 million viewers.

14. "NCIS" (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.), USA, 3.06 million homes, 4.13 million viewers.

15. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Saturday, 9 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.02 million homes, 3.96 million viewers.

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ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Co. Nickelodeon is owned by Viacom Inc. USA is owned by General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal. TNT is owned by Time Warner Inc. E! Entertainment Television is owned by Comcast Entertainment Group. NFL Network is owned by the National Football League.