List of top 15 cable programs in the Nielsen ratings for Sept. 6-12

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Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Sept. 6-12. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses:

1. College Football: Boise St. vs. Virginia Tech (Monday, 7:58 p.m.), ESPN, 7.25 million homes, 9.88 million viewers.

2. "2010 Video Music Awards" (Sunday, 9 p.m.), MTV, 7.16 million homes, 11.39 million viewers.

3. "The Closer" (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 5.73 million homes, 7.91 million viewers.

4. "Rizzoli & Isles" (Monday, 10 p.m.), TNT, 5.5 million homes, 7.23 million viewers.

5. College Football: Penn St. vs. Alabama (Saturday, 7:10 p.m.), ESPN, 4.91 million homes, 7.12 million viewers.

6. "Jersey Shore 2" (Thursday, 10 p.m.), MTV, 4.33 million homes, 6.38 million viewers.

7. "Pawn Stars" (Monday, 10:30 p.m.), History, 4.27 million homes, 5.93 million viewers.

8. "2010 VMA Pre-Show" (Sunday, 8 p.m.), MTV, 4.15 million homes, 6.29 million viewers.

9. "Pawn Stars" (Monday, 10 p.m.), History, 4.08 million homes, 5.69 million viewers.

10. College Football: Miami vs. Ohio St. (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.), ESPN, 4 million homes, 5.75 million viewers.

11. "Covert Affairs" (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.96 million homes, 5.35 million viewers.

12. "Jersey Shore 2" (Sunday, 7 p.m.), MTV, 3.92 million homes, 5.71 million viewers.

13. "ICarly" (Saturday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.85 million homes, 5.91 million viewers.

14. "American Pickers" (Monday, 9 p.m.), History, 3.65 million homes, 5.26 million viewers.

15. "White Collar" (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.56 million homes, 4.71 million viewers.

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ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Co.; USA is are owned by General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal; TNT is owned by Time Warner Inc.; MTV and Nickelodeon are owned by Viacom Inc. History is owned by the A&E Television Networks.

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http://www.nielsenmedia.com

Organizations: ESPN, Virginia Tech, Nickelodeon General Electric Walt Disney Co. Time Warner Inc. Viacom Inc. AE Television Networks

Geographic location: USA, Alabama, Miami Ohio

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