- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen for the week of Sept. 12-18. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses:

1. NFL Football: New England at Miami (Monday, 7 p.m.), ESPN, 10.49 million homes, 14.56 million viewers.

2. NFL Football: Oakland at Denver (Monday, 10:39 p.m.), ESPN, 8.11 million homes, 11.1 million viewers.

3. “Jersey Shore” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), MTV, 5.08 million homes, 6.96 million viewers.

4. “The Closer” (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.78 million homes, 6.15 million viewers.

5. College Football: LSU at Mississippi St. (Thursday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 4.62 million homes, 6.25 million viewers.

6. “Rizzoli & Isles” (Monday, 10 p.m.), TNT, 4.4 million homes, 5.62 million viewers.

7. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10:30 p.m.), History, 3.33 million homes, 4.6 million viewers.

8. “Storage Wars” (Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.), A&E, 3.31 million homes, 4.44 million viewers.

9. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10 p.m.), History, 3.23 million homes, 4.52 million viewers.

10. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.19 million homes, 4.56 million viewers.

11. “NCIS” (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), USA, 3.14 million homes, 4.06 million viewers.

12. “ICarly” (Saturday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.11 million homes, 4.75 million viewers.

13. “Necessary Roughness” (Wednesday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.06 million homes, 4 million viewers.

14. “NCIS” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.05 million homes, 3.92 million viewers.

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