LeBron James’ The Decision was by far the most viewed show on cable last week, and it was the third most viewed non-NFL telecast on ESPN in the last twenty years.

While LeBron may be going to Miami, History’s Pawn Stars are staying in Vegas and they remained in the top 2 spots for “regular” cable programming for the week, followed closely Disney’s Hannah Montana Forever. Deadliest Catch stayed very strong at #5, but it was not even close to the only nautical themed show in the rankings, as SpongeBob took #6 and 10 of the top 25 slots.

In an interesting week, there were no USA scripted originals in the top 25, their heavy hitters Burn Notice and Royal Pains were in repeats, and only Law & Order: Criminal Intent was an original. USA can thank their big ratings this week to WWE RAW and all those NCIS repeats.

Betty White’s Hot in Cleveland tied for 64th in HH ratings with an average of 2.935 million viewers for the week.

No numbers yet for the True Blood on Sunday. Will post them when I see them.

ESPN World Cup ratings from the week will be online a bit later today in a separate post.

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.

We always post whatever specific show data we received directly and see via press release or other trade publications.  You can  subscribe to our RSS feed and we have created a special category (Overnight Cable TV Show Ratings)  to group the data we typically post each weekday from  @TravisYanan on Twitter.  During the week Travis usually posts selected cable results for each weekday, usually late in the afternoon on the east coast (and Friday night data isn’t posted until Monday) and he posts the links to that info on his Twitter account to the info on Marc Berman’s PI Forums.

Top 25  cable shows for the week ending July 11, 2010:

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 LEBRON – THE DECISION L ESPN Thu 09:00P-10:14P 9,948
2 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 6,341
3 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 6,137
5 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 5,267
6 SPONGEBOB NAN Mon 08:00P-08:30P 5,183
7 WWE RAW USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 5,105
8 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 5,029
9 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,008
10 SPRINT CUP RACING/CHICAGO TNT Sat 07:30P-10:55P 4,608
11 WWE RAW USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,460
12 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,047
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,971
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 06:30P-07:00P 3,845
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 11:30A-12:00P 3,802
16 JONAS L.A. DSNY Sun 09:00P-09:30P 3,782
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 11:00A-11:30A 3,750
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,733
19 FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon 11:30P-12:00A 3,716
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 06:00P-06:30P 3,715
21 FAMILY GUY ADSM Thu 11:30P-12:00A 3,676
22 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 07:30P-08:00P 3,653
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 10:30A-11:00A 3,648
24 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,634
25 SPONGEBOB NAN Tue 08:00P-08:30P 3,623

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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