With five NBA playoff games, the normal WWE RAW, plus NASCAR,  sports-related programming grabbed eight of the top eleven spots, with all five of the NBA games taking the top five spots. Sunday night’s  Lakers vs. Suns matchup was tops with 8.46 million viewers.

SpongeBob took up eight of the top 25 spots and NCIS grabbed four.

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Top 25  cable shows for the week ending May 23, 2010:

Rank Shows NET DAY( Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 LAKERS/SUNS TNT Sun 08:34P-11:21P 8,460
2 CELTICS/MAGIC ESPN Tue 08:29P-11:39P 7,156
3 SUNS/LAKERS TNT Mon 09:00P-11:40P 7,112
4 SUNS/LAKERS TNT Wed 09:00P-11:46P 7,004
5 MAGIC/CELTICS ESPN Sat 08:29P-11:11P 6,023
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:05P 4,959
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,866
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,024
9 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,893
10 SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE NICK Fri 05:00P-07:00P 3,876
11 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING SPD Sat 07:00P-11:28P 3,802
12 ICARLY NICK Mon 06:00P-06:30P 3,746
13 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 3,687
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,685
15 NCIS USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 3,668
16 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,639
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 07:00P-07:30P 3,615
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 07:30P-08:00P 3,603
19 ICARLY NICK Mon 06:30P-07:00P 3,587
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 11:30A-12:00P 3,509
21 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 3,478
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 3,443
24 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,433
25 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,400

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

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