The Closer topped cable viewership for the week with 9.075 million viewers. Major Crimes came in second with 7.184 million viewers and Rizzoli & Isles came in third with 6.038 million viewers

Top 25 cable shows for the week ending August 19, 2012

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:06P 9075
2 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon 10:06P-11:07P 7184
3 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Tue 09:00P-10:00P 6038
4 DALLAS/OAKLAND ESPN Mon 08:00P-10:58P 5371
5 NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN Sun 01:00P-04:10P 5200
6 TRUE BLOOD HBOM Sun 09:03P-09:52P 4926
7 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 4839
8 SPRINT CUP POST RACE    L ESPN Sun 04:10P-04:30P 4699
9 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4611
10 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Fri 08:00P-09:30P 4535
11 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:01P 4356
12 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:03P 4354
13 COUNTING CARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:01P 4269
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4252
15 SUITS USA Thu 10:01P-11:02P 4003
16 ROYAL PAINS USA Wed 09:00P-10:01P 3948
17 GRAVITY FALLS DSNY Fri 09:30P-10:00P 3869
18 FALLING SKIES TNT Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3842
19 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3795
20 997-TRUTH OR SQUARE NICK Sat 10:00A-11:00A 3571
21 ARMY WIVES LIFE Sun 10:00P-11:01P 3565
22 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3451
23 STORAGE WARS A&E Tue 10:00P-10:30P 3387
25 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3346

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