- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Dec. 27-Jan. 2. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

1. Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. TCU (Saturday, 5:07 p.m.), ESPN, 13.05 million homes, 20.56 million viewers.

2. NFL Football: New Orleans vs. Atlanta (Monday, 8:29 p.m.), ESPN, 12.96 million homes, 19.14 million viewers.

3. “BCS Bowl Studio” (Saturday, 8:15 p.m.), ESPN, 9.10 million homes, 14.55 million viewers.

4. “BCS Bowl Showcase” _ Fiesta Bowl (Saturday, 8:30 p.m.), ESPN, 7.89 million homes, 12.44 million viewers.

5. “BCS Bowl Showcase” _ Rose Bowl (Saturday, 4:57 p.m.), ESPN, 7.65 million homes, 11.89 million viewers.

6. Fiesta Bowl: Connecticut vs. Oklahoma (Saturday, 8:37 p.m.), ESPN, 7.13 million homes, 10.82 million viewers.

7. Chick-fil-A Bowl: South Carolina vs. FSU (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), ESPN, 5.01 million homes, 7.49 million viewers.

8. Music City Bowl: UNC vs. Tennessee (Thursday, 6:40 p.m.), ESPN, 4.91 million homes, 7.11 million viewers.

9. “The Closer” (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.70 million homes, 6.51 million viewers.

10. Capital One Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan State (Saturday, 1 p.m.), ESPN, 4.27 million homes, 6.05 million viewers.

11. “NCIS” (Saturday, 9 p.m.), USA, 4.06 million homes, 5.41 million viewers.

12. Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs. Washington (Thursday, 10:46 p.m.), ESPN, 4.03 million homes, 5.65 million viewers.

13. “NCIS” (Saturday, 8 p.m.), USA, 4.01 million homes, 5.27 million viewers.

14. “NCIS” (Saturday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.82 million homes, 4.95 million viewers.

15. Movie: “Toy Story 2” (Monday, 11:30 a.m.), Disney, 3.70 million homes, 5.94 million viewers.

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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.

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Online:

https://www.nielsen.com/

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