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

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August 31st, 2010

TNT 's Monday night dramas once again topped the weekly cable viewing chart, this time with The Closer again edging out newcomer Rizzoli & Isles.

The summer finales of USA's Burn Notice and Royal Pains took the third and fourth spots, with newcomer Covert Affairs coming in fifth in total viewing.

Though Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer have been topping the charts with viewers, USA still has been chalking up weekly wins with both adults 18-49 and total viewers.  Burn Notice was the week's top scripted show on cable, and Jersey Shore was tops with 18-49 overall (at least on basic cable, I haven't seen 18-49 numbers for True Blood yet).

HBO's True Blood was 8th in total viewing with 5.44 million a new high in viewers and HBO is only available in about 1/3rd the homes of USA and TNT, that's pretty impressive.

please note: the numbers below for Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer and any Monday show referenced here are for Monday August 23, not  August 30.

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 29, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time HH rating Viewers (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT MONDAY 9:00 PM 4.6 7,045
2 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT MONDAY 10:00 PM 4.5 6,732
3 BURN NOTICE USA THURSDAY 9:00 PM 3.7 6,285
4 Royal Pains USA THURSDAY 10:00 PM 3.7 6,075
5 COVERT AFFAIRS USA TUESDAY 10:00 PM 3.6 5,867
6 Jersey Shore 2 MTV THURSDAY 10:00 PM 3.6 5,820
7 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L (COLTS/PACKERS) ESPN THURSDAY 8:00 PM 3.6 5,729
8 True Blood HBOM SUNDAY 9:04 PM 2.9 5,444
9 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L (CARDINALS/TITANS) ESPN MONDAY 8:00 PM 3.4 5,060
10 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 10:00 PM 2.9 4,941
11 BREAK (True Blood Postmortem??) HBOM SUNDAY 9:53 PM 2.5 4,679
12 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA MONDAY 9:00 PM 2.7 4,641
13 WHITE COLLAR USA TUESDAY 9:00 PM 2.9 4,596
14 Good Luck Charlie DSNY SUNDAY 8:30 PM 2.8 4,254
15 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY SUNDAY 8:00 PM 2.6 4,074
16 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM 2.5 3,882
17 NCIS USA MONDAY 8:00 PM 2.5 3,865
18 MEMPHIS BEAT TNT TUESDAY 10:00 PM 2.6 3,861
19 NCIS USA WEDNESDAY 9:00 PM 2.6 3,732
20 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 11:30 AM 2.2 3,696
21 SpongeBob NICK SATURDAY 9:30 AM 2.3 3,648
22 Psych USA WEDNESDAY 10:00 PM 2.3 3,630
23 Victorious NICK FRIDAY 8:00 PM 2.3 3,607
24 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT SUNDAY 10:00 PM 2.4 3,574
25 HAWTHORNE TNT TUESDAY 9:00 PM 2.3 3,481

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