Thursday’s game five of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals featuring the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls led the week with 10.4 million viewers, while Tuesday’s game four drew 9.8 million. NBA Playoff games took the top four spots (along with a few more for pre/post game shows). WWE RAW was the top non roundball show placing 5th and 6th.

There were no original adult scripted shows to crack the top 25. Some original scripted drams that didn’t make the top 25:

  • The Killing: 1.971 million
  • Breakout Kings: 1.314 million
  • Game Of Thrones: 2.396 million

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending May 29, 2011:

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 HEAT/BULLS TNT Thu 08:33P-11:21P 10,407
2 BULLS/HEAT TNT Tue 08:33P-11:39P 9,770
3 MAVERICKS/THUNDER ESPN Mon 08:56P-12:12A 7,410
4 THUNDER/MAVERICKS ESPN Wed 09:01P-11:49P 7,012
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,603
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 5,236
7 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Thu 11:21P-12:17A 4,585
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,888
9 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P 3,836
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 3,783
11 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tue 11:39P-12:30A 3,775
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 3,689
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,613
14 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 3,517
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 05:00P-05:30P 3,405
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 05:30P-06:00P 3,353
17 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 3,347
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 04:30P-05:00P 3,343
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3,339
20 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3,290
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,269
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3,248
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Fri 04:00P-04:30P 3,203
24 FAMILY GUY ADSM Wed 11:00P-11:30P 3,198
25 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN Mon 12:12A-01:00A 3,190

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