List of top 15 cable programs for Dec. 21-27

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Posted: Dec 30, 2009 3:19 PM

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Dec. 21-27. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

1. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants vs. Washington (Monday, 8:29 p.m.), ESPN, 8.36 million homes, 11.34 million viewers.

2. College Football: Boston College vs. USC (Saturday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 5.28 million homes, 7.56 million viewers.

3. "College Football Tonight Scoreboard" (Saturday, 7:44 p.m.), ESPN, 4.55 million homes, 6.32 million viewers.

4. College Football: Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.), ESPN, 4.52 million homes, 6.13 million viewers.

5. "The Closer" (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.34 million homes, 5.97 million viewers.

6. NFL Football: San Diego vs. Tennessee (Friday, 7:34 p.m.) NFL Network, 3.77 million homes, 6.88 million viewers.

7. "NCIS" (Monday, 8 p.m.), USA, 3.37 million homes, 4.77 million viewers.

8. "College Gameday Scoreboard" (Saturday, 4:15 p.m.), ESPN, 3.36 million homes, 4.37 million viewers.

9. "NCIS" (Saturday, 8 p.m.), USA, 3.28 million homes, 4.41 million viewers.

10. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Thursday, 11:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon,, 3.2 million homes, 4.55 million viewers.

11. "WWE Raw" (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.156 million homes, 4.83 million viewers.

11. "WWE Raw" (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.156 million homes, 4.84 million viewers.

13. "NCIS" (Saturday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.1 million homes, 4.01 million viewers.

14. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Thursday, 11 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.05 million homes, 4.38 million viewers.

15. "NCIS" (Saturday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.01 million homes, 4.14 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. NFL Network is owned by the National Football League. TNT is owned by Time Warner Inc.

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