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:
|15||INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||Sun||10:37P-11:20P||4,190|
|20||LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG)||USA||Sun||09:00P-10:00P||3,834|
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