TNT 's Monday night dramas once again topped the weekly cable viewing chart, this time withedging out newcomer Rizzoli & Isles. History's took the third and fourth slots, with a preseason game in fifth. was sixth, though it set series highs with adults 18-49.
USA's best performer on this chart was, followed by and .
Though Rizzoli & Isles and winning the primetime war both with adults 18-49 and total viewers.have been topping the charts with viewers, USA still has been
HBO'swas 8th and HBO is only available in about 1/3rd the homes of USA and TNT, so that's pretty impressive.
I'm not sure what aired during the break betweenand Hung (another promo?) but for some reason HBO included the 5 minutes between 9:56p and 10:01p on Sunday as a separate item, so you'll see "Break" as the week's 12th most-watched program.
please note: the numbers below for Rizzoli & Isles andand any Monday show referenced here are for Monday August 16, not August 23.
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 22, 2010:
|1||CLOSER, THE||TNT||MONDAY||9:00 PM||4.4||6,818|
|2||RIZZOLI & ISLES||TNT||MONDAY||10:00 PM||4.2||6,494|
|3||PAWN STARS||HIST||MONDAY||10:30 PM||3.8||6,238|
|5||NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L (GIANTS/JETS)||ESPN||MONDAY||8:00 PM||3.6||5,614|
|7||BURN NOTICE||USA||THURSDAY||9:00 PM||3.4||5,503|
|9||COVERT AFFAIRS||USA||TUESDAY||10:00 PM||3.4||5,362|
|11||AMERICAN PICKERS||HIST||MONDAY||9:00 PM||3.2||5,199|
|12||( )||USA||MONDAY||10:00 PM||2.9||4,920|
|14||KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS||ENT||SUNDAY||10:00 PM||3.0||4,678|
|15||HANNAH MONTANA FOREVER||DSNY||SUNDAY||8:00 PM||2.8||4,631|
|16||( )||USA||MONDAY||9:00 PM||2.8||4,619|
|17||WHITE COLLAR||USA||TUESDAY||9:00 PM||2.8||4,481|
|25||MEMPHIS BEAT||TNT||TUESDAY||10:00 PM||2.5||3,937|
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