Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 23-29. Each ratings point represents 994,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are included in parentheses.

1. ``WWF Sports Entertainment'' (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 4.3, 4.3 million homes.

2. ``WWF Sports Entertainment'' (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 4.3, 4.26 million homes.

3. ``WWF Sunday Night Heat'' (Sunday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.1, 3.11 million homes.

4. ``NASCAR Winston Cup'' (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), ESPN, 2.8, 2.82 million homes.

5. ``WCW Monday Nitro Live!'' (Monday, 8 p.m.), TNT, 2.5, 2.49 million homes.

6. ``Stranger in My Home'' (Sunday, 4 p.m.), Lifetime, 2.5, 2.45 million homes.

7. ``Major League Baseball: Atlanta at St. Louis'' (Sunday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 2.4, 2.41 million homes.

8. ``Real World VIII'' (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), MTV, 2.4, 2.4 million homes.

9. ``NFL Pre-season: Atlanta at Tennessee'' (Friday, 8:15 p.m.), ESPN, 2.4, 2.34 million homes.

10. ``Beverly Hills Cop'' (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), USA, 2.3, 2.33 million homes.

11. ``Man Next Door'' (Sunday, 2 p.m.), Lifetime, 2.3, 2.26 million homes.

12. ``Rugrats'' (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.25 million homes.

13. ``When He Didn't Come Home'' (Sunday, 6 p.m.), Lifetime, 2.2, 2.17 million homes.

14. ``Rugrats'' (Sunday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.1, 2.13 million homes.

15. ``Spongebob'' (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.1, 2.11 million homes.