Cable TV's Top Shows For 2010: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Rizzoli & Isles,' 'The Closer,' 'Jersey Shore,' 'Deadliest Catch'

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December 15th, 2010

Among the advertiser coveted demos for general interest cable networks, USA had 4 of the top 20 original shows in 2010 for adults 18-49, and 5 of the top 20 for adults 25-54, more than any other cable network.

Among those same demo groups, scripted and unscripted original programs split the top 20s quite evenly (10 each in adults 18-49, 11 scripted/ 9 unscripted in adults 25-54).

The numbers below are the season averages for the premiere episodes of each show. The numbers are "Most Current" ratings, which are primarily Live +7 days of DVR viewing, and Live +Same Day DVR viewing for the most recent two weeks.

2010 Basic Cable’s Top 20 Primetime Original Series:  Total Viewers
1 Rizzoli & Isles TNT 8,773,000
2 The Closer TNT 8,325,000
3 Royal Pains USA 7,326,000
4 Covert Affairs USA 7,051,000
5 The Walking Dead AMC 6,644,000
6 Burn Notice USA 6,592,000
7 Jersey Shore MTV 5,992,000
8 Pawn Stars History 5,526,000
9 White Collar USA 5,379,000
10 Deadliest Catch Discovery 5,279,000
11 Life Discovery 4,954,000
12 Memphis Beat TNT 4,711,000
13 American Pickers History 4,564,000
14 Psych USA 4,544,000
15 In Plain Sight USA 4,510,000
16 Project Runway Lifetime 4,423,000
17 Keeping Up with the Kardashians E! Entertainment 4,404,000
18 Leverage TNT 4,340,000
19 After the Catch Discovery 4,299,000
20 Sons Of Anarchy FX 4,288,000
2010 Basic Cable’s Top 20 Primetime Original Series:  Adults 18-49
1 The Walking Dead AMC 4,545,000
2 Jersey Shore MTV 4,152,000
3 Deadliest Catch Discovery 3,237,000
4 Keeping Up with the Kardashians E! Entertainment 3,225,000
5 Royal Pains USA 3,095,000
6 Teen Mom MTV 2,994,000
7 Sons Of Anarchy FX 2,993,000
8 Burn Notice USA 2,992,000
9 Pawn Stars History 2,980,000
10 Covert Affairs USA 2,968,000
11 South Park Comedy Central 2,957,000
12 Rizzoli & Isles TNT 2,600,000
13 After the Catch Discovery 2,584,000
14 Project Runway Lifetime 2,511,000
15 Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami E! Entertainment 2,466,000
16 Real Housewives of New Jersey Bravo 2,393,000
17 Life Discovery 2,392,000
18 White Collar USA 2,287,000
19 The Closer TNT 2,219,000
20 Real Housewives of Atlanta Bravo 2,204,000
2010 Basic Cable’s Top 20 Primetime Original Series:  Adults 25-54
1 The Walking Dead AMC 4,007,000
2 Deadliest Catch Discovery 3,508,000
3 Royal Pains USA 3,502,000
4 Rizzoli & Isles TNT 3,377,000
5 Covert Affairs USA 3,220,000
6 Burn Notice USA 3,206,000
7 Pawn Stars History 3,093,000
8 The Closer TNT 2,969,000
9 Sons Of Anarchy FX 2,913,000
10 After the Catch Discovery 2,869,000
11 Jersey Shore MTV 2,673,000
12 Project Runway Lifetime 2,607,000
13 Keeping Up with the Kardashians E! Entertainment 2,557,000
14 White Collar USA 2,414,000
15 American Pickers History 2,371,000
16 Life Discovery 2,308,000
17 The Next Food Network Star Food Network 2,293,000
18 Real Housewives of New Jersey Bravo 2,261,000
19 Psych USA 2,181,000
20 Hot in Cleveland TV Land 2,113,000

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All data is 12/28/09 – 12/12/10, and are "Most Current" measurements which include primarily Live+ 7 Day measurements, and Live + Same Day measurements when Live+7 is not yet available.

Courtesy of Turner Research, ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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