Comedy Central surged up the Hitwise rankings of Web sites for late-night talk shows for the week ending Oct. 2, with its The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report grabbing the top two spots in the recent addition to the researcher’s statistics, with NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon securing third place.

The cable-news category also saw plenty of movement compared with the previous week, with MSNBC’s Zeitgeist roaring into the top spot, followed by Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, last week’s winner, and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, which also finished third last week.

The top three broadcast-show Web sites were unchanged from the week ending Sept. 25: ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Fox’s Glee, and CBS’ NCIS. CBS, however, overtook ABC to become the most-visited broadcast-network site, with the Alphabet Network settling for second. Fast risers among broadcast shows were ABC’s Desperate Housewives (to No. 6 from No. 23), CBS’ Undercover Boss (18 from 47), and CBS’ The Good Wife (22 from 35).

The top two cable-show sites were unchanged from last week — Comedy Central’s South Park, as usual, and MTV’s Jersey Shore — but third place went to MTV’s Teen Mom. Fast risers for cable were Syfy’s WWE SmackDown (15 from 71), A&E Network’s Steve Seagal: Lawman (19 from 192), ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars (20 from 33), Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef (21 from 341), Animal Planet’s Lost Tapes (24 from 44), and TLC’s Sister Wives (25 from 90).

When combining broadcast and cable networks, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants returned to its customary top spot after being bounced by Dancing with the Stars (third place) last week. The No. 2 spot went to South Park. Fast risers were Lifetime Television’s Project Runway (14 from 25), and ABC’s Desperate Housewives (16 from 47).

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