President Obama’s 9 minute speech on Osama bin Laden’s death on CNN led all cable viewing for the week averaging over 9.9 million viewers.  CNN’s coverage from 11p-11:51p (before and after the speech) averaged 7.44 million.  In normal programming, Pawn Stars edged out ESPN’s coverage of the NFL draft (though combined with NFL Network’s coverage, the draft had more viewers).

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending May 1, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 PRES SPEECH B LADEN DEAD CNN Sun 11:35P-11:44P 9,905
2 BN/BIN LADEN DEAD CNN Sun 11:00P-11:51P 7,440
3 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 6,631
4 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 6,362
5 NFL DRAFT L ESPN Thu 08:00P-11:49P 6,003
6 HORNETS/LAKERS TNT Tue 10:46P-01:23A 5,837
7 BN/BIN LADEN DEAD CNN Sun 12:00A-01:00A 5,306
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 5,220
9 SR/OBAMA -BIN LADEN DEATH FOXN Sun 11:35P-11:45P 5,193
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,178
11 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 5,102
12 SR/BIN LADEN DEATH CVG FOXN Sun 11:45P-12:00A 4,775
13 SR/BIN LADEN DEATH CVG FOXN Sun 11:00P-11:35P 4,651
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,379
15 NUGGETS/THUNDER TNT Wed 09:41P-12:32A 4,266
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,260
17 SPURS/GRIZZLIES ESPN Fri 08:58P-11:50P 4,220
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,110
19 PACERS/BULLS TNT Tue 08:09P-10:46P 4,061
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,056
21 LAKERS/HORNETS TNT Thu 08:09P-10:39P 3,871
22 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,867
23 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P 3,864
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:00A-09:30A 3,748
25 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3,731

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