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Jersey Shore had the top two most viewed cable telecasts of the week and if you throw in the Thursday after show it had three of the top ten. No surprise MTV now has renewed it for a fourth season.

Two episodes of Pawn Stars last Monday pulled big numbers for History, which also placed American Pickers in the top ten.  The Game was down from its premiere, but still strong for BET with 5.9 million viewers and the fifth most-watched show on cable for the week.

Of the USA network scripted returns/premieres only Royal Pains made the top 25 (#13) with 4.4 million viewers.   The premiere of Fairly Legal was #30 with 3.88 million and the return of White Collar was #32 with 3.8 million.  Though with the all-important adults 18-49 demographic, White Collar led both Royal Pains and Fairly Legal.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending January 23, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 JERSEY SHORE 2B MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 8,870
2 JERSEY SHORE 2B MTV Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,697
3 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 6,021
4 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 5,954
5 GAME, THE S4 BET Tue 10:00P-10:30P 5,941
6 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,763
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 5,250
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 11:00A-11:30A 4,820
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,799
10 JERSEY SHORE AFTER SHOW MTV Thu 11:00P-11:30P 4,772
11 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 11:30A-12:00P 4,750
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 10:30A-11:00A 4,437
13 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 4,432
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:00P-05:30P 4,364
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,361
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 04:00P-04:30P 4,311
17 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4,306
18 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,296
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 04:30P-05:00P 4,293
20 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 4,262
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,242
22 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 08:30P-09:00P 4,206
23 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,176
24 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,130
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:30P-06:00P 4,044

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