First round coverage of the NFL Draft on ESPN  Thursday night led all cable viewing for the week ending April 25 with 7.29 million viewers, and you can add in another 1.03 million or so who watched the coverage on  NFL Network (the coverage times were slightly different, so I can’t reasonably just add them together, or I would!)

History Channel claimed the next two spots with America The Story of US and Pawn Stars both easily clearing the 5 million viewer mark.

WWE Raw was pushed out of the top 10, and all three of the Los Angeles Lakers / Oklahoma City Thunder  NBA playoff games that aired during the week made the top 25.

Top 25  cable shows for the week ending April 25, 2010:

Rank Shows NET DAY( Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 NFL DRAFT               L ESPN Thu 07:30P-11:20P 7,290
2 AMERICA THE STORY OF US HIST Sun 09:00P-10:55P 5,674
3 PAWN STARS HIST Sun 08:30P-09:00P 5,357
4 SPONGEBOB NAN Thu 08:00P-08:30P 4,756
5 PAWN STARS HIST Sun 08:00P-08:30P 4,547
6 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,516
7 NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 4,469
8 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 4,316
9 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,309
10 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4,280
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 4,192
12 LAKERS/THUNDER ESPN Sat 09:35P-12:24A 4,163
13 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,147
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,100
15 LAKERS/THUNDER TNT Thu 09:48P-12:27A 3,934
16 FANBOY & CHUM CHUM NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,922
17 BULLS/CAVALIERS TNT Mon 08:05P-10:41P 3,907
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 11:00A-11:30A 3,892
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 11:30A-12:00P 3,887
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 3,846
21 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,830
22 PROJECT RUNWAY LIFE Thu 10:00P-11:00P 3,804
23 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 3,751
24 THUNDER/LAKERS TNT Tue 10:42P-01:39A 3,741
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 09:30A-10:00A 3,652

As usual, we have already posted separately quite a bit of  data for shows that aren’t on the list above. Give our site’s search feature near the top right of the site a try.

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