The somewhat ballyhooed notion early in the summer that this was to be the "summer of scripted" where the nets would air more original scripted content on broadcast television didn't pan out. Only ABC'scould claim success, and by broadcast standards it was only modest. Though had been on cable and gotten the same numbers it would've been declared a hit.
The broadcast networks might have the notion that it's time to stop ceding the summer scripted landscape to cable, but that didn't happen this summer. While the broadcast networks could only get one new scripted show off the ground, cable had modest-to-great success with at least four newcomers: A&E's, TNT's Rizzoli & Isles & Memphis Beat and USA's .
Those shows joined existing successful scripted summer programming like, and of course .
Unscripted programming holds sway on cable too though, and excluding the premium cable's impressive ratings, Snooki & the Kardashians frequently lorded over the basic cable ratings with adults 18-49. With no new episode of in the current week, look for to rule not just all of cable for the week with adults 18-49, but all of television.