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Cable Top 25: Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, Burn Notice, Jersey Shore & Royal Pains Top Week’s Cable Viewing

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August 17th, 2010

Scripted cable dramas dominated the top of the viewing charts with Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, and Burn Notice rounding out the top 3.  Jersey Shore rose to fourth lace this week with another series-high of 5.5 million viewers pushing Royal Pains to 5th and Covert Affairs to 6th.

Though Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer have been topping the charts with viewers, so far this summer USA's Royal Pains, Burn Notice and Covert Affairs are the top 3 shows with adults 18-49.

HBO's True Blood was 7th and HBO is only available in about 1/3rd the homes of USA and TNT, so that's pretty impressive.  Look for it to top all of cable with adults 18-49, though Jersey Shore was no slouch - it's 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 topped all of basic cable.

please note: the numbers below for Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer and any Monday show referenced here are for Monday August 9, not  August 16.

As usual, we have already posted almost all of this 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 or our Overnight Cable TV Show Ratings category.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending August 15, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT MONDAY 10:00 PM 4.8 7,423
2 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 9:00 PM 4.6 7,215
3 BURN NOTICE USA THURSDAY 9:00 PM 3.6 5,574
4 Jersey Shore 2 MTV THURSDAY 10:00 PM 3.5 5,505
5 ROYAL PAINS USA THURSDAY 10:00 PM 3.4 5,386
6 Covert Affairs USA TUESDAY 10:00 PM 3.3 5,168
7 TRUE BLOOD HBOM SUNDAY 9:02 PM 2.9 4,996
8 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN SUNDAY 1:00 PM 3.1 4,917
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM 3.0 4,836
10 American Pickers HIST MONDAY 9:00 PM 2.8 4,698
11 NEXT FN STAR 6(S) FOOD SUNDAY 9:00 PM 2.8 4,586
12 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM 2.8 4,428
13 SpongeBob NAN MONDAY 8:00 PM 2.6 4,384
14 NCIS USA THURSDAY 8:00 PM 2.9 4,298
15 SpongeBob NICK TUESDAY 11:30 AM 2.3 4,140
16 SPRINT CUP POST RACE L ESPN SUNDAY 4:15 PM 2.6 4,086
17 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM 2.6 4,043
18 SpongeBob NICK TUESDAY 11:00 AM 2.4 4,021
19 WHITE COLLAR USA TUESDAY 9:00 PM 2.6 3,997
20 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:30 AM 2.5 3,990
21 NCIS USA MONDAY 8:00 PM 2.7 3,968
22 SPONGEBOB NICK MONDAY 7:00 PM 2.3 3,942
23 SPONGEBOB NICK MONDAY 6:30 PM 2.3 3,926
24 SPONGEBOB NICK WEDNESDAY 11:00 AM 2.2 3,860
25 SPONGEBOB NICK MONDAY 7:30 PM 2.3 3,845

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