MTV’s Jersey Shore was down 16% from its season premiere a week earlier, but still easily the most-watched cable program of the week with 7.37 million viewers. TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles were the second and third most-watched programs of the week, and two episodes of Pawn Stars rounded out the top 5.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending August 14, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P    7,374
2 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P    6,502
3 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P    6,455
4 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P    6,268
5 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P    6,082
6 ICARLY NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P    5,514
7 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P    5,353
8 TRUE BLOOD HBOM Sun 09:03P-09:58P    5,300
9 ROYAL PAINS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P    5,163
10 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE FOXN Thu 09:00P-11:03P    5,053
11 STORAGE WARS A&E Wed 10:30P-11:00P    4,802
12 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P    4,749
13 COVERT AFFAIRS USA Tue 10:00P-11:00P    4,702
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:13P    4,605
15 STORAGE WARS A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P    4,527
16 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P    4,479
17 HOME ALONE 2 DSNY Thu 09:00P-11:00P    4,416
18 SEAHAWKS/CHARGERS ESPN Thu 08:00P-11:10P    4,390
19 WHITE COLLAR USA Tue 09:00P-10:00P    4,298
20 NEXT FN STAR 7 (1 HR) FOOD Sun 09:00P-10:00P    4,227
21 NECESSARY ROUGHNESS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P    4,139
22 FAMILY GUY ADSM Wed 11:30P-12:00A    4,040
23 SUITS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P    3,963
24 PHINEAS AND FERB DSNY Fri 09:00P-09:15P    3,926
25 ICARLY NICK Sun 11:30A-12:00P    3,905

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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