Led by Lakers/Mavericks with 7.66 million viewers, the NBA playoffs took the top six spots in the weekly cable viewing rankings.  WWE RAW took seventh (and ninth) and Pawn Stars was pushed to tenth.

Sunday night’s Law & Order: CI ranked 19th for the week with 3.68 million. In Plain Sight wasout of the top 25 – it was 41st with 3.164 million viewers.  Army Wives was ten spots ahead at #31 with 3.346 million.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending May 8, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 LAKERS/MAVERICKS ESPN Fri 09:33P-12:16A 7,658
2 MAVERICKS/LAKERS TNT Wed 10:45P-01:16A 7,036
3 MAVERICKS/LAKERS TNT Mon 10:51P-01:23A 6,429
4 BULLS/HAWKS TNT Sun 08:08P-10:51P 6,260
5 CELTICS/HEAT TNT Tue 07:00P-09:44P 6,006
6 HAWKS/BULLS TNT Mon 08:00P-10:51P 5,588
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,407
8 HAWKS/BULLS TNT Wed 08:00P-10:45P 5,211
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:19P 5,031
10 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,976
11 GRIZZLIES/THUNDER TNT Tue 09:44P-12:32A 4,867
12 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4,693
13 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-08:15P 4,636
14 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:40P 4,568
15 A.N.T. FARM DSNY Fri 08:40P-09:10P 4,436
16 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:22P-09:00P 4,397
17 SPORTSCENTER LATE L ESPN Fri 12:16A-01:23A 3,871
18 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P 3,706
19 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,683
20 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Fri 09:10P-09:40P 3,678
21 THUNDER/GRIZZLIES ESPN Sat 05:00P-08:08P 3,677
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 3,644
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,613
24 BULLS/HAWKS ESPN Fri 06:58P-09:33P 3,610
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 3,573

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