- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses:

1. NFL Football: Washington at Dallas (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), ESPN, 12.17 million homes, 17.1 million viewers.

2. “Jersey Shore” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), MTV, 5.16 million homes, 7.16 million viewers.

3. Major League Baseball Division Series: Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees (Friday, 8:30 p.m.), TBS, 4.09 million homes, 5.46 million viewers.

4. “Sportscenter” (Monday, 11:46 p.m.), ESPN, 3.43 million homes, 4.48 million viewers.

5. “Jersey Shore After Hours” (Thursday, 11 p.m.), MTV, 3.23 million homes, 4.23 million viewers.

6. “Jessie” (Friday, 9 p.m.), Disney, 3.11 million homes, 4.63 million viewers.

7. Major League Baseball Division Series: St. Louis at Philadelphia (Saturday, 8:30 p.m.), TBS, 3.09 million homes, 4.2 million viewers.

8. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10:30 p.m.), History, 3.07 million homes, 4.22 million viewers.

9. Auto Racing: NASCAR Sprint Cup (Sunday, 2 p.m.), ESPN, 3 million homes, 4.09 million viewers.

10. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.96 million homes, 4.21 million viewers.

11. “NCIS” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), USA, 2.959 million homes, 3.96 million viewers.

12. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 2.957 million homes, 4.16 million viewers.

13. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10 p.m.), History, 2.92 million homes, 4 million viewers.

14. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 2.86 million homes, 4.13 million viewers.

15. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Sunday, 9:30 a.m.), 2.82 million homes, 4.19 million viewers.

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USA is owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal. TBS is owned by Time Warner Inc. MTV and Nickelodeon are owned by Viacom. History is owned by the A&E Television Networks. ESPN and the Disney Channel are owned by the Walt Disney Co.

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