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The Closer, WWE RAW and Royal Pains lead cable, True Blood makes top 20

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June 16th, 2009

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Update: First, the one piece of information I know people want to see are the numbers for the season premiere of HBO's True Blood.

Note: the numbers in the table below are for the ad-supported basic cable only, but the 3.7 million for True Blood will be in the top twenty when I see the consolidated data. I have updated the table based on the consolidated info.   This is the first HBO (or premium cable show of any kind) I've seen make the top 20 (or even top forty) since the finale of Sopranos was the #1 cable show in June 2007.

Unfortunately I haven't seen the numbers anywhere yet and other than telling you that it wasn't among the top twenty shows, I can't tell you much.  Normally one might read into the lack of information or HBO press releases that HBO is hiding bad news.  But I don't think you can do that here.  HBO is perhaps the least boastful network we've ever encountered.   The DVD launch of season one of True Blood in the first few weeks makes for one of the better launches of a TV series DVD.  Sales estimates put the DVD at over 850,000 units and $30 million in revenue after three weeks of release.  And there was no boasting from HBO.   Sooner or later I'd guess we'll see the numbers somewhere and we'll post them.

The season premiere of The Closer stood tall above its summer cable competition and nothing got within a million viewers of it.  WWE Raw (allegedly WWE Raw was just purchased by Donald Trump -- The Donald made Vince an offer he couldn't refuse -- whether like the show, that announcement was for entertainment purposes only, we'll see!).  Royal Pains again scored 5.59 million, though it increased its demo viewing over it's first week.    Burn Notice dropped to 5th and 5.24 million viewers, but it aired against game four of the NBA finals, so look for it to rebound some this week.

In Plain Sight rebounded nicely from the prior week, going back up over four million (4.27) and back into the top ten, edging out Jon & Kate Plus 8 and Deadliest Catch.

In a rare event, SpongeBob did not make the top twenty.  The yellow and porous one's best outing was #28 with 3.4 million.

I'm not the only one catching up on NCIS on USA.  Five airings made the top twenty, and ten airings made the top forty.


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Top twenty cable network television shows for the week ending June 14, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,139
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:14P 5,935
3 Royal Pains USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,590
4 NASCAR POST RACE SHOW TNT Sun 04:58P-05:11P 5,531
5 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 5,242
6 SPRINT CUP RACNG/MICHIGAN TNT Sun 01:59P-04:58P 5,118
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,873
8 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 4,271
9 JON & Kate Plus 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-09:30P 4,252
10 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 4,189
11 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,141
12 PARENT TRAP, THE (1998) DSNY Thu 08:00P-10:20P 4,119
13 NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3,812
14 NCIS USA Sat 10:00P-11:00P 3,781
15 LONESOME DOVE PT 3&4 AMC Sun 08:00P-12:00A 3,745
16 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 3,723
17 ARMY WIVES LIFE Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,710
18 TRUE BLOOD HBO Sun 09:00P-09:58P 3,700
19 NCIS USA Sat 07:00P-08:00P 3,683
20 NCIS USA Sat 08:00P-09:00P 3,669
because I lost a bet:
Greek FAM Mon 08:00P-09:00P 665

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

the closer

First, the one piece of information I know people want to see are the numbers for the season premiere of HBO's True Blood.  We haven't seen any info yet, but we will post it when we see it.

 
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