- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:

1. NFL Football: Atlanta vs. New Orleans (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), ESPN, 10.53 million homes, 15.64 million viewers.

2. College Football: Washington vs. Baylor (Thursday, 9 p.m.), ESPN, 5.06 million homes, 6.92 million viewers.

3. “The Closer” (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.49 million homes, 6.16 million viewers.

4. “Rizzoli & Isles” (Monday, 10 p.m.), TNT, 4.23 million homes, 5.79 million viewers.

5. College Football: Virginia vs. Auburn (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), ESPN, 4.13 million homes, 6.16 million viewers.

6. College Football: Florida State vs. Notre Dame (Thursday, 5:27 p.m.), ESPN, 3.76 million homes, 5.228 million viewers.

7. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10:30 p.m.), History, 3.54 million homes, 5.227 million viewers.

8. College Football: Iowa vs. Oklahoma (Friday, 10:15 p.m.), ESPN, 3.45 million homes, 4.81 million viewers.

9. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10 p.m.), History, 3.39 million homes, 5.06 million viewers.

10. NBA Basketball (Tuesday, 8:16 p.m.), TNT, 3.27 million homes, 4.55 million viewers.

11. “iCarly: iPsycho 2,” (Saturday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.24 million homes, 5.51 millon viewers.

12. College Football: Texas A&M vs. Northwestern (Saturday, 11:57 a.m.), ESPN, 3.082 million homes, 3.90 millon viewers.

13. College Football: California vs. Texas (Wednesday, 8:06 p.m.), ESPN, 3.081 million homes, 4.26 million viewers.

14. “NCIS” (Saturday, 8 p.m.), USA, 3.06 million homes, 4.06 million viewers.

15. College Football: Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest (Friday, 6:49 p.m.), ESPN, 3.05 million homes, 4.21 million viewers.


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





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