Sunday’s game one of the Eastern Conference Finals featuring the Miami Heat at the Chicago Bulls led the week with 11.1 million viewer and was the most-watched NBA game in Cable TV history.  Despite the NBA playoffs taking 7 out of the top 10 spots, Pawn Stars still managed to snag the fourth and fifth spots, and WWE RAW was 10th.

In terms of original scripted dramas, Law & Order: CI was the only one to crack the top 25 snagging the 20th spot with 3.8 million viewers. Some original scripted drams that didn’t make the top 25:

  • Army Wives: 3.277 million
  • In Plain Sight: 3.177 million
  • The Killing: 1.977 million
  • Breakout Kings: 1.755 million


Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending May 15, 2011:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 HEAT/BULLS TNT Sun 08:03P-10:37P 11,109
2 HEAT/CELTICS TNT Mon 07:00P-09:56P 7,824
3 CELTICS/HEAT TNT Wed 07:00P-09:40P 6,777
4 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 6,199
5 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 5,909
6 THUNDER/GRIZZLIES TNT Mon 09:56P-01:43A 5,592
7 GRIZZLIES/THUNDER TNT Wed 09:40P-12:13A 5,462
8 HAWKS/BULLS TNT Tue 08:15P-10:54P 5,100
9 BULLS/HAWKS ESPN Thu 07:58P-10:36P 5,085
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:05P 5,074
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,810
12 THUNDER/NUGGETS ESPN Fri 09:02P-11:44P 4,750
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 4,573
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 4,471
15 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun 10:37P-11:20P 4,190
16 VICTORIOUS NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 4,160
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 4,117
18 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P 4,082
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,034
20 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,834
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,737
22 POWER RANGERS NICK Sat 12:00P-12:30P 3,718
23 NCIS USA Sat 10:00P-11:00P 3,709
24 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,617
25 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 3,451

We always post whatever specific show data we received directly and see via press release or other trade publications.  You can  subscribe to our RSS feed and we have created a special category (Overnight Cable TV Show Ratings)  to group the data we typically post each weekday from  @TravisYanan on Twitter.  During the week Travis usually posts selected cable results for each weekday, usually late in the afternoon on the east coast (and Friday night data isn’t posted until Monday) and he posts the links to that info on his Twitter account.

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

Posted by:TV By The Numbers

blog comments powered by Disqus