Jersey Shore was back on top of the cable world easily taking the most-viewed cable program of the week title with 7.7 million viewers.  WWE Raw took the second and third spots with NCIS and SpongeBob rounding out the top five.

Impressively, the NCIS that ranked fourth for the week with over 5 million viewers went up against the Academy Awards Red Carpet coverage plus the opening half hour of the actual awards show.   The Knicks/Heat game, which also went up against the Oscars for most of its telecast was the week’s top sports program (excluding WWE Raw) with 4.2 million viewers.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending February 27, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 JERSEY SHORE 2B MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 7,726
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,892
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:04P 5,820
4 NCIS USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 5,060
5 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,775
6 NCIS USA Sun 07:00P-08:00P 4,747
7 BOLT DSNY Fri 07:00P-08:45P 4,495
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 04:30P-05:00P 4,418
9 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,398
10 BIG TIME RUSH NAN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,235
11 KNICKS/HEAT ESPN Sun 08:00P-10:45P 4,213
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 04:00P-04:30P 4,195
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 4,188
14 NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 4,159
15 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 4,054
16 SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE NICK Mon 10:00A-12:00P 4,039
17 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,014
18 TEEN MOM II MTV Tue 10:00P-11:00P 4,006
19 T.U.F.F. PUPPY NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,001
20 NCIS USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,951
21 BOLT DSNY Sat 11:00A-12:45P 3,947
22 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3,937
23 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,860
24 LRC: 2011 ACADEMY AWARDS EN Sun 06:00P-08:00P 3,856
25 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 3,847

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