Scripted cable dramas dominated the top of the viewing charts with Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, and Burn Notice rounding out the top 3. Jersey Shore rose to fourth lace this week with another series-high of 5.5 million viewers pushing Royal Pains to 5th and Covert Affairs to 6th.
Though Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer have been topping the charts with viewers, so far this summer USA’s Royal Pains, Burn Notice and Covert Affairs are the top 3 shows with adults 18-49.
HBO’s True Blood was 7th and HBO is only available in about 1/3rd the homes of USA and TNT, so that’s pretty impressive. Look for it to top all of cable with adults 18-49, though Jersey Shore was no slouch – it’s 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 topped all of basic cable.
please note: the numbers below for Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer and any Monday show referenced here are for Monday August 9, not August 16.
As usual, we have already posted almost all of this data separately, as well as quite a bit of data for shows that aren’t on the list below. Give our site’s search feature near the top right of the site a try or our Overnight Cable TV Show Ratings category.
Top 25 Basic cable shows for the week ending August 15, 2010:
|Rank||Program||Network||Day||Time||HH Rating||Viewers (000)|
|1||RIZZOLI & ISLES||TNT||MONDAY||10:00 PM||4.8||7,423|
|2||CLOSER, THE||TNT||MONDAY||9:00 PM||4.6||7,215|
|3||BURN NOTICE||USA||THURSDAY||9:00 PM||3.6||5,574|
|4||JERSEY SHORE 2||MTV||THURSDAY||10:00 PM||3.5||5,505|
|5||ROYAL PAINS||USA||THURSDAY||10:00 PM||3.4||5,386|
|6||COVERT AFFAIRS||USA||TUESDAY||10:00 PM||3.3||5,168|
|7||TRUE BLOOD||HBOM||SUNDAY||9:02 PM||2.9||4,996|
|8||NASCAR SPRINT CUP L||ESPN||SUNDAY||1:00 PM||3.1||4,917|
|9||WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE RAW)||USA||MONDAY||10:00 PM||3.0||4,836|
|10||AMERICAN PICKERS||HIST||MONDAY||9:00 PM||2.8||4,698|
|11||NEXT FN STAR 6(S)||FOOD||SUNDAY||9:00 PM||2.8||4,586|
|12||WWE ENTERTAINMENT (WWE RAW)||USA||MONDAY||9:00 PM||2.8||4,428|
|16||SPRINT CUP POST RACE L||ESPN||SUNDAY||4:15 PM||2.6||4,086|
|19||WHITE COLLAR||USA||TUESDAY||9:00 PM||2.6||3,997|
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