Monday Cable: ‘Pawn Stars,’ Jets-Texans, ‘WWE RAW’ Lead + ‘Closer,’ ‘Rizzoli,’ ‘Warehouse 13’ & Much More

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Pawn Stars led the night with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 0.2 from its highest-rated telecast last Monday. The preseason NFL game on ESPN between the New York Jets and Houston Texans scored a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49. WWE RAW’s two epiosdes scored a 1.9 and 1.8 adults 18-49 rating in their respective airings each up 0.2 from last week. 

Secret Life of the American Teenager which was steady with  a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 8pm. The Basketball Wives reunion special was up 0.1 from its season finale last week to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Rizzoli & Isles was steady with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and The Closer was down a tenth to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.   Per TNT:

last night’s episode of TNT’s hit series Rizzoli & Isles ranked as basic cable’s most-watched program of the day, with an outstanding 6,742,000 viewers, the show’s biggest Live + Same Day audience of season. Rizzoli & Isles also drew 1.7 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54.

Nearly matching Rizzoli & Isles, TNT’s The Closer scored 6,725,000 viewers last night, up 3% over the prior week. In addition, The Closer garnered 1.6 million adults 18-49 (+5% vs. the prior week) and 2.1 million adults 25-54 (+2%).

Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer are currently in a tight race as basic cable’s top scripted series of 2011.

Eureka was steady with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating and Warehouse 13 was steady with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Alphas was down a tenth to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Teen Wolf was up another tenth in its first season finale to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Kate Plus 8 won’t be back after this season, but last night’s episode was up a tenth from last week to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating for the 9pm episode.

Update: The Lying Game got off to a disappointing start with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating and 1.386 million viewers. Retentionistas will note that’s just 45% retention out of Secret Life, and was also 62% lower than than the debut for Switched at Birth back in June.

Weeds averaged a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating and 670,000 viewers at 10pm and The Big C averaged a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating and 527,000 viewers at 10:30p. (thanks for the Showtime and Lying Game numbers go to our friend @TVBill).

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our (non-TravisYanan) source, and several typical TravisYanan featured shows were not on the list. Will add extras that Travis reports later below. I generally filter out repeats, and kids shows, and non-primetime shows.

Selected Monday cable ratings: (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Program Net Time Viewers (000) 18-49 Rating
PAWN STARS HIST 10:30 PM 5472 2.1
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L ESPN 8:00 PM 4966 1.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 5248 1.9
PAWN STARS HIST 10:00 PM 5037 1.8
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 4861 1.8
BASKETBALL WIVES 3 VH1 8:00 PM 2574 1.4
LA LA FULL LIFE TRAILER (3 Minutes) VH1 9:00 PM 2416 1.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 10:00 PM 6742 1.3
CLOSER, THE TNT 9:00 PM 6725 1.2
SECRET LIFE/AMERICAN TEEN FAM 8:00 PM 2424 1.1
AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 3377 1
WAREHOUSE 13 SYFY 9:00 PM 2423 0.9
TEEN WOLF MTV 10:00 PM 2081 0.8
INTERVENTION AEN 10:00 PM 1404 0.8
HOARDERS AEN 9:00 PM 1688 0.7
BAD GIRLS CLUB OXYG 9:00 PM 1308 0.7
EUREKA SYFY 8:00 PM 2230 0.7
ALL WORKED UP TRU 10:00 PM 1591 0.7
DAILY SHOW CMDY 11:00 PM 1513 0.6
ALPHAS SYFY 10:00 PM 1832 0.6
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:30 PM 1440 0.6
BEST THING I EVER ATE FOOD 10:00 PM 1298 0.5
COLBERT REPORT CMDY 11:31 PM 1114 0.5
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 1067 0.5
KATE PLUS 8 TLC 9:00 PM 1325 0.5
DESIGN STAR 6 HGTV 9:00 PM 2031 0.5
TIA & TAMERA STYL 9:00 PM 920 0.5
MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER BRVO 9:00 PM 996 0.5
NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN 10:00 AM 1896 0.4
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 820 0.4
MOST ELIGIBLE DALLAS BRVO 10:00 PM 784 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 8:00 PM 1376 0.4
DUAL SURVIVAL DISC 9:00 PM 1099 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 8:30 PM 1468 0.4
ANTHONY BOURDAIN NO RSRV TRAV 9:00 PM 740 0.3
DINAS PARTY HGTV 10:00 PM 1145 0.3

Note: I have not yet seen the ratings for the premiere of ABC Family’s The Lying Game, I will post them when I have.

To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

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