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Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 10-16. Each ratings point represents 1,055,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (Sunday, 8:28 p.m.), ESPN, 7.4, 7.82 million homes.

2. "WWF Entertainment" (Monday, 10 p.m.), TNN, 4.0, 4.24 million homes.

3. "WWF Entertainment" (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNN, 3.4, 3.61 million homes.

4. "NFL Prime Time" (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), ESPN, 3.4, 3.57 million homes.

5. "NFL SportsCenter" (Sunday, 11:32 p.m.), ESPN, 3.3, 3.45 million homes.

6. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Thursday, 5:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.5, 2.67 million homes.

7. Movie: "Pretender" (Monday, 8 p.m.), TNT, 2.5, 2.66 million homes.

8. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Friday, 5:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.4, 2.54 million homes.

9. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.4, 2.5 million homes.

10. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Monday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.46 million homes.

11. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Thursday, 5 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.42 million homes.

12. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.4 million homes.

13. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Friday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.39 million homes.

14. Movie: "Rush Hour" (Saturday, 8 p.m.), TNT, 2.3, 2.38 million homes.

15. "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Sunday, 10:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.37 million homes.

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