Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 17-23. Each ratings point represents 994,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are included in parentheses.

1. ``WWF Wrestling'' (Monday, 10 p.m.), USA, 5.4, 5.35 million homes.

2. ``WWF Wrestling'' (Monday, 9 p.m.), USA, 4.3, 4.26 million homes.

3. ``NBA Playoffs: L.A. Lakers vs. San Antonio'' (Wednesday, 9:38 p.m.), TNT, 3.8, 3.77 million homes.

4. ``NBA Playoffs: L.A. Lakers vs. San Antonio'' (Monday, 9:43 p.m.), TBS, 3.6, 3.6 million homes.

5. ``WWF Wrestling'' (Sunday, 7 p.m.), USA, 3.3, 3.31 million homes.

6. ``NBA Playoffs: Utah vs. Portland'' (Sunday, 8:28 p.m.), TNT, 3.3, 3.28 million homes.

7. ``NBA Playoffs: Portland vs. Utah'' (Tuesday, 10:40 p.m.), TNT, 3.1, 3.09 million homes.

8. ``WCW Monday Nitro Live!'' (Monday, 8 p.m.), TNT, 3.0, 2.99 million homes.

9. ``NBA Playoffs: Portland vs. Utah'' (Thursday, 10:38 p.m.), 3.0, 2.97 million homes.

10. ``Rugrats'' (Saturday, 1 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.0, 2.97 million homes.

11. ``Rugrats'' (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.8, 2.75 million homes.

12. ``WCW Monday Nitro Live!'' (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 2.7, 2.68 million homes.

13. ``NBA Playoffs: New York vs. Atlanta'' (Tuesday, 7:58 p.m.), TNT, 2.7, 2.67 million homes.

14. ``NBA Playoffs: New York vs. Atlanta'' (Thursday, 7:58 p.m.), TNT, 2.6, 2.62 million homes.

15. ``NBA Playoffs: Indiana vs. Philadelphia'' (Friday, 7:58 p.m.), TNT, 2.6, 2.6 million homes.