Over 7 million watched Alabama vs. Penn State

Just how popular is college football? It had a strong showing in the top shows on cable. The Monday night college game netted 9.88 million viewers and the Alabama Crimson Tide’s game against Penn State netted 7.12 million viewers. Here is the top 5 for the week.
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. (see more below)