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The Closer Tops Cable Shows, CNN's Jackson Memorial Scores Big

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July 14th, 2009

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TNT's The Closer held off new episodes of USA favorites Royal Pains and Burn Notice to move into the top spot for the week's most viewed cable show. While CNN's Tuesday coverage of the Michael Jackson Memorial put 5 shows (of various lengths) in the top 20, nearly squeezing SpongeBob off the list entirely.

I've got to admit I thought that with 10 new episodes for his 10th anniversary celebration that SpongeBob would put more shows in the top 20, but clearly for TV ratings the gloved one > the absorbent one.

Update: or I was confused about the timing of the SpongeBob episodes and they are 7/17 not 7/10.

WWE Raw saw both its viewership and rankings fall this week down to #5 and #10. The NASCAR race and its post race show on TNT were #10 and #13 for the week. Once again, Lifetime's Army Wives managed to squeeze onto the list at #19.

Here are the HBO numbers from Sunday night, although I didn't include them in the table below: Entourage: 3.4 million, Hung: 3.6 million, True Blood: 3.9 million.

Robert is on hiatus until late July, I am on my own till then, so we will not be handling Twitter (or other) requests for ala carte show numbers.

Top 20 advertising supported cable network television shows for the week ending July 12, 2009:

Rank Programs Net Day Time Viewers (Live+SD) (000s)
1 The Closer TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,053
2 Royal Pains USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,733
3 JACKSON MEMORIAL SERVICE CNN Tue 03:00P-03:48P 5,720
4 Burn Notice USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 5,505
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 5,399
6 JACKSON MEMORIAL SERVICE CNN Tue 02:00P-03:00P 5,386
7 iCarly NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 5,226
8 JACKSON MEMORIAL SERVICE CNN Tue 01:33P-02:00P 5,125
9 M JACKSON MEMORIAL CVG CNN Tue 03:48P-04:00P 4,967
10 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,891
11 SPRINT CUP RACING/CHICAGO TNT Sat 07:59P-11:22P 4,814
12 M JACKSON MEMORIAL CVG CNN Tue 01:00P-01:33P 4,709
13 NASCAR POST RACE SHOW TNT Sat 11:22P-11:33P 4,408
14 PARENT TRAP, THE (1998) DSNY Sun 09:00P-11:20P 4,314
15 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,238
16 HARRY POTTER/GOBLET FAM Sun 07:30P-11:00P 4,089
17 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,915
18 Situation Room CNN Tue 04:00P-05:00P 3,851
19 Army Wives LIFE Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,829
20 SpongeBob NICK Wed 01:30P-02:00P 3,728

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