The season four premiere of MTV’s Jersey Shore was the most-watched cable program of the week with 8.79 million viewers. Disney’s Phineas & Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension was second for the week with 7.64 million. Fourteen programs had more than 5 million viewers for the week. With summer original programming in full swing there was no SpongeBob or NCIS in the top 25, but a couple of late-night Family Guy episodes on Adult Swim made the cut.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending August 7, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P          8,788
2 PHINEAS AND FERB MOVIE DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:30P          7,642
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P          6,553
4 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P          6,454
5 FALLING SKIES TNT Sun 09:00P-10:00P          5,703
6 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P          5,654
7 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P          5,593
8 FALLING SKIES TNT Sun 10:00P-10:58P          5,541
9 NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN Sun 12:55P-05:12P          5,485
10 ROYAL PAINS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P          5,462
11 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P          5,211
12 STORAGE WARS A&E Wed 10:30P-11:00P          5,177
13 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P          5,163
14 TRUE BLOOD HBOM Sun 09:03P-10:00P          5,143
15 A.N.T.  FARM DSNY Fri 09:30P-10:00P          4,929
16 STORAGE WARS A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P          4,795
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P          4,727
18 YANKEES/RED SOX ESPN Sun 07:58P-12:30A          4,722
19 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P          4,677
20 COVERT AFFAIRS USA Tue 10:00P-11:00P          4,608
21 NECESSARY ROUGHNESS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P          4,456
22 PHINEAS AND FERB MOVIE DSNY Sat 10:00A-11:30A          4,420
23 FAMILY GUY ADSM Wed 11:30P-12:00A          4,312
24 FAMILY GUY ADSM Tue 11:30P-12:00A          4,288
25 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P          4,085

There is a lot more information in the daily cable ratings (note, still waiting on Sunday, but I expect to receive it shortly).

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