MTV laid a beat down on the cable competition for the week, capturing the top four slots for primetime viewership lead by the Video Music AwardsJersey Shore was the second and third most watched show of the week. The MTV five were all well ahead of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer  which were the fifth and sixth most-watched four of the week. True Blood slipped back just a bit from its series high viewership last week.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending August 28, 2011:

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 2011 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV Sun 09:00P-11:27P  12,445
2 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P  8,470
3 JERSEY SHORE SSN 4 MTV Sun 07:00P-08:00P  8,028
4 2011 VMA PRESHOW MTV Sun 08:00P-09:00P  7,328
5 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P  6,573
6 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P  6,274
7 BEARS/GIANTS ESPN Mon 08:00P-11:24P  5,853
8 ROYAL PAINS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P  5,529
9 TRUE BLOOD HBOM Sun 09:04P-09:54P  5,312
10 I JUST WANT PANTS SNK PK MTV Sun 11:27P-11:58P  5,131
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:05P  4,662
12 REDSKINS/RAVENS ESPN Thu 08:00P-11:25P  4,614
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P  4,611
14 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P  4,576
15 NECESSARY ROUGHNESS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P  4,188
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A  4,117
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A  4,099
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A  3,968
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A  3,964
20 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P  3,881
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A  3,842
22 SUITS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P  3,818
23 PHINEAS AND FERB DSNY Fri 09:00P-09:15P  3,812
24 TEEN MOM SSN 3 MTV Tue 10:00P-11:00P  3,790
25 ICARLY: IPARTY W/VICTORIOUS NICK Sun 11:00A-01:00P  3,665

There is a lot more information in the daily cable ratings.

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