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Cable Top 25: Deadliest Catch, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles & Home Run Derby Top Week’s Viewership

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July 20th, 2010

With 8.5 million average viewers, Captain Phil Harris' final Deadliest Catch on Discovery topped all cable viewing for the week ending July 18, 2010.   The return of The Closer and the premiere of Rizzoli & Isles on TNT were the second and third most-watched programs for the week with After the Catch on Discovery and the State Farm Home Run Derby on ESPN rounding out the top 5.   USA's top show Burn Notice was pushed out of the viewing top 5, but both it and USA sibling Royal Pains made the top 10.

USA's Covert Affairs debuted at #12 and HBO's True Blood was thirteenth for the week in viewing with 4.86 million.  White Collar returned at #16 with 4.3 million and TNT's Leverage was way up versus last week and snuck into the top 20 with 3.93 million.

As usual, we have already posted almost all of that data separately, as well as quite a bit of  data for shows that aren't on the list below. Give our site's search feature near the top right of the site a try.

We always post whatever specific show data we received directly and see via press release or other trade publications.  You can  subscribe to our RSS feed and we have created a special category (Overnight Cable TV Show Ratings)  to group the data we typically post each weekday from  @TravisYanan on Twitter.  During the week Travis usually posts selected cable results for each weekday, usually late in the afternoon on the east coast (and Friday night data isn't posted until Monday) and he posts the links to that info on his Twitter account to the info on Marc Berman's PI Forums.

Top 25  cable shows for the week ending July 18, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time HH rating Viewers (000)
1 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC TUESDAY 9:00 PM 5.0 8,546
2 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 9:00 PM 5.0 7,660
3 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT MONDAY 10:01 PM 4.9 7,553
4 AFTER THE CATCH(S) DISC TUESDAY 10:01 PM 4.0 6,849
5 HOME RUN DERBY L ESPN MONDAY 8:15 PM 4.0 6,418
6 Sonny with a Chance DSNY SUNDAY 8:30 PM 3.5 6,115
7 Burn Notice USA THURSDAY 9:00 PM 3.5 5,647
8 Hannah Montana FOREVER DSNY SUNDAY 8:00 PM 3.1 5,399
9 Royal Pains USA THURSDAY 10:00 PM 3.2 5,196
10 Pawn Stars HIST MONDAY 10:30 PM 3.3 5,170
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM 3.0 5,061
12 Covert Affairs USA TUESDAY 10:00 PM 3.3 4,878
13 True Blood HBOM SUNDAY 9:03 PM 2.7 4,860
14 Pawn Stars HIST MONDAY 10:00 PM 3.0 4,634
15 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM 2.7 4,497
16 White Collar USA TUESDAY 9:00 PM 2.8 4,290
17 HOME RUN DERBY PRELUDE L ESPN MONDAY 8:00 PM 2.7 4,177
18 Family Guy ADSM WEDNESDAY 11:30 PM 2.7 4,071
19 CAMP ROCK DSNY SUNDAY 9:30 PM 2.4 3,944
20 LEVERAGE TNT SUNDAY 9:00 PM 2.5 3,932
21 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM 2.5 3,833
22 Family Guy ADSM MONDAY 11:30 PM 2.6 3,790
23 Family Guy ADSM THURSDAY 11:30 PM 2.5 3,752
24 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 10:00 AM 2.4 3,739
25 NEXT FN STAR 6(S) FOOD SUNDAY 9:00 PM 2.2 3,700

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