- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Jan. 3-9. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

1. Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas (Tuesday, 8:35 p.m.), ESPN, 9.51 million homes, 13.64 million viewers.

2. Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Stanford (Monday, 8:38 p.m.), ESPN, 7.82 million homes, 10.68 million viewers.

3. “BCS Bowl Showcase” _ Sugar Bowl (Tuesday, 8:29 p.m.), ESPN, 6.35 million homes, 9.02 million viewers.

4. Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Stanford (Monday, 11:38 p.m.), ESPN, 5.80 million homes, 7.79 million viewers.

5. “Jersey Shore” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), MTV, 5.71 million homes, 8.45 million viewers.

6. “BCS Bowl Showcase” _ Orange Bowl (Monday, 8:29 p.m.), ESPN, 5.68 million homes, 7.58 million viewers.

7. “BCS Bowl Studio” (Tuesday, 12:20 a.m.), ESPN, 5.14 million homes, 7.06 million viewers.

8. “The Closer” (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.86 million homes, 6.63 million viewers.

9. “BCS Bowl Studio” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 4.53 million homes, 6.29 million viewers.

10. Movie: “The Craigslist Killer” (Monday, 9 p.m.), Lifetime, 4.02 million homes, 5.39 million viewers.

11. “BCS Bowl Studio” (Monday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 3.65 million homes, 4.96 million viewers.

12. “BCS Bowl Studio” (Monday, 11:55 p.m.), ESPN, 3.62 million homes, 4.81 million viewers.

13. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.13 million homes, 4.66 million viewers.

14. “Hannah Montana Forever” (Sunday, 8 p.m.), Disney, 3.06 million homes, 4.34 million viewers.

15. “WWE Raw” (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.03 million homes, 4.34 million viewers.


ESPN and Disney Channel are owned by the Walt Disney Co. USA is owned by General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal. TNT is owned by Time Warner. MTV is owned by Viacom. Lifetime is a joint venture between the Hearst Corp. and Disney.




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