MTV’s Jersey Shore’s season finale added more than a million viewers versus the previous week (which fell on St. Patrick’s Day) and easily topped cable as the week’s most-watched telecast.

History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers along with USA’s WWE RAW rounded out the top 5.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending March 20, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 JERSEY SHORE 2B MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,608
2 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 6,449
3 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 6,261
4 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,605
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 5,265
6 BYU VS FLORIDA TBSC Thu 07:16P-09:44P 5,261
7 SUITE LIFE MOVIE, THE DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:30P 5,228
8 TBS NCAA POST GUN-FRI 2 TBSC Fri 12:30A-12:38A 4,989
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,975
10 ARMY WIVES LIFE Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,794
11 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,548
12 TEEN MOM II MTV Tue 10:00P-11:00P 4,393
13 TBS NCAA BK CHP-BRG-PRTH1 TBSC Thu 09:44P-10:05P 4,214
14 VICTORIOUS NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 4,128
15 FAIRLY LEGAL USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 4,079
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,039
17 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,899
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 3,889
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,858
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 05:30P-06:00P 3,854
21 BUTLER VS WISCONSIN TBSC Thu 10:05P-12:28A 3,832
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3,808
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,793
24 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,776
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3,765


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