Scripted cable dramas dominated the top of the charts with The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Burn Notice, Royal Pains, and Covert Affairs taking up the top 5 spots in viewing (and pushing Jersey Shore to 6th).

please note: the numbers below for Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer and any Monday show referenced here are for Monday August 2, not  August 9.  The August 9 numbers are here.

Please note, at the time of this post updated rankings from our usual source were not available and the numbers below are only for basic cable.  True Blood did not fall out of the top 25 though, it was actually 6th in viewing with 5.094 million and stayed #1 with adults 18-49 for the week with a 3.0 rating.

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 8, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,942
2 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 6,612
3 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 5,687
4 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,525
5 COVERT AFFAIRS USA Tue 10:00P-11:00P 5,325
6 JERSEY SHORE 2 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,025
7 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 01:00P-04:00P 4,932
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:05P 4,807
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,521
11 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4,470
12 SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE NICK Mon 10:00A-12:00P 4,355
13 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,313
14 JONAS L.A. DSNY Sun 09:00P-09:30P 4,227
15 WHITE COLLAR USA Tue 09:00P-10:00P 4,096
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 11:00A-11:30A 4,051
17 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 4,041
18 ICARLY NICK Mon 12:00P-12:30P 4,018
19 VICTORIOUS NICK Wed 01:00P-01:30P 3,982
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 11:30A-12:00P 3,939
21 VICTORIOUS NICK Wed 01:30P-02:00P 3,935
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 10:30A-11:00A 3,916
23 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,903
24 ICE AGE DSNY Thu 08:00P-09:30P 3,888
25 PHINEAS AND FERB DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:00P 3,862

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Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

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