Cable Top 25: NBA Basketball Tops Cable Viewership For Week Ending May 20, 2012

The NBA Playoffs topped cable viewership for the week, taking all top ten spots. The most-watched game was Wednesday’s Oklahoma City/Lakers game, with 7.445 million people watching.  WWE Raw was the number one non-basketball program for the week, and Swamp People was the most-watched non-sports program. .

Top 25 cable shows for the week ending May 20, 2012

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 LA LAKERS/OKLAHOMA CITY TNT Wed 09:43P-12:26A  7,445
2 OKLAHOMA CITY/LA LAKERS ESPN Fri 10:50P-01:33A  7,377
3 LA LAKERS/OKLAHOMA CITY TNT Mon 09:43P-12:22A  6,687
4 OKLAHOMA CITY/LA LAKERS TNT Sat 10:30P-01:13A  6,366
5 LA CLIPPERS/SAN ANTONIO TNT Tue 09:46P-12:18A  5,040
6 BOSTON/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Fri 08:04P-10:50P  4,751
7 LA CLIPPERS/SAN ANTONIO ESPN Thu 09:40P-12:11A  4,683
8 INDIANA/MIAMI TNT Tue 07:00P-09:46P  4,457
9 MIAMI/INDIANA ESPN Thu 06:58P-09:40P  4,453
10 SAN ANTONIO/LA CLIPPERS TNT Sun 10:30P-01:20A  4,443
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:14P  4,321
12 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P  4,103
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P  4,094
14 PHILADELPHIA/BOSTON TNT Mon 07:00P-09:43P  4,016
15 GAME OF THRONES HBOM Sun 09:04P-09:56P  3,864
16 997-TORI GOES PLATINUM NICK Sat 08:00P-09:00P  3,823
17 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING SPD Sat 07:00P-11:05P  3,751
18 BOSTON/PHILADELPHIA TNT Wed 07:00P-09:43P  3,730
19 AX MEN HIST Sun 10:01P-11:01P  3,522
20 AX MEN HIST Sun 09:00P-10:01P  3,485
21 LEGEND OF KORRA NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A  3,452
22 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P  3,218
23 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P  3,139
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A  3,065
25 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P  3,049

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