Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 22-28. Each ratings point represents 980,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are included in parentheses.

1. ``Independence Bowl: LSU vs. Notre Dame'' (Sunday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 3.3, 3.27 million homes.

2. ``Motor City Bowl: Mississippi vs. Marshall'' (Friday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 3.1, 3.01 million homes.

3. ``World Championship Wrestling'' (Monday, 8 p.m.), TNT, 3.0, 2.91 million homes.

4. ``Rugrats'' (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.9, 2.86 million homes.

5. ``Rugrats'' (Monday, 7:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.7, 2.67 million homes.

6. ``World Championship Wrestling'' (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 2.6, 2.58 million homes.

7. ``USA Special Movie: Kindergarten Cop'' (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.), USA, 2.5, 2.47 million homes.

8. ``WWF Wrestling'' (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 2.4, 2.33 million homes.

9. ``Doug'' (Tuesday, 7 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.28 million homes.

10. ``Blues Clues'' (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.26 million homes.

11. ``Blues Clues'' (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.25 million homes.

12. ``The Busy World of R. Scarry'' (Monday, 10 a.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.3, 2.24 million homes.

13. ``USA Special Movie: Return of the Jedi'' (Thursday, 5:30 p.m.), USA, 2.2, 2.2 million homes.

14. ``WWF Wrestling'' (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 2.2, 2.19 million homes.

15. ``The Secret World of Alex Mack'' (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.2, 2.18 million homes.