MTV’s Jersey Shore was up 6% and still easily the most-watched cable program of the week with 7.798 million viewers, more than a million ahead of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer  which were the second and third most-watched programs of the week. A series high 5.526 million viewers for True Blood landed it in fourth for the week. Pawn Stars rounded out the top 5 with 5.472 million.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending August 21, 2011:

1 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:01P 7,798
2 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 6,742
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,725
4 TRUE BLOOD HBOM Sun 09:04P-09:55P 5,526
5 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 5,472
6 ROYAL PAINS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 5,435
7 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 5,316
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,248
9 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 5,037
10 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 01:00P-04:12P 5,028
11 STORAGE WARS A&E Wed 10:30P-11:00P 5,010
12 JETS/TEXANS ESPN Mon 08:00P-11:23P 4,966
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 4,861
14 STORAGE WARS A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P 4,583
15 SUITS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 4,455
16 NECESSARY ROUGHNESS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P 4,211
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 11:00A-11:30A 4,074
18 MEMPHIS BEAT TNT Tue 09:00P-10:00P 4,048
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 4,020
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,939
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3,905
22 FAMILY GUY ADSM Tue 11:30P-12:00A 3,867
23 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 3,847
24 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,832
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,816

There is a lot more information in the daily cable ratings.

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