Big week! Most of the top few shows we’ve seen data for already.  The week was of course led by Nickelodeon’s  iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx with nearly 7.9 million viewers.   The summer/mid-season finale of Burn Notice was next with 7.59 million, followed by The Closer with 6.98 million and Royal Pains with 6.69 million.

The season premiere of the final season of Monk also made the top 20 (and the top 10) at number 6 with 5.14 million.  Psych did not make the top 20, but by viewers it was tied for 25th with 3.979 million.

The impressive iCarly special only aired three times between Saturday and Sunday (the only days its aired so far that would be included for the week) and all three airings made the top 20.   In addition to the top spot, it grabbed the 13th spot with 4.82 million and the 16th spot with 4.36 million.  Additionally a 30 minute episode of iCarly that aired after the first airing of the special took the number 11 spot with 4.89 million.   Pretty impressive.

A few notes:

1.) the numbers here are just basic cable.  Mostly that’s advertising supported basic cable, but Disney, which is included here, and is basic cable, isn’t advertising supported.  You might see notes from Nickelodeon that the iCarly special was the most-watched kids programming on advertising supported basic cable all year.  That claim is, in fact, true.  But Disney’s Wizards On Deck with Hannah Montana was actually more-watched in its initial airing in July with 9.292 million — but Disney isn’t an advertising supported cable network.

2.) because these are just basic cable numbers,  they do not include premium channels like HBO.  So even if True Blood had more than 4.15 million viewers (it might have, the week before it had 4.3 million!) it wouldn’t be in the table below.  However, I will post True Blood’s results from Sunday as soon as I see them.

3.) I have enough data to figure out who won all USA Network – related contests for Burn Notice’s summer finale and the season premieres of Psych and Monk.  However, not everyone followed the rules exactly and it will take me a while to announce all the contest winners, I hope to do so no later than tomorrow (Wednesday, August 12).

Top 20 basic cable network television shows for the week ending August 9, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 ICARLY MOVIE: SHELBY MARX NICK Sat 08:00P-09:00P 7,866
2 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 7,594
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,976
4 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 6,686
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 5,197
6 MONK USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 5,137
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,015
9 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 4,901
10 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:30P-09:00P 4,889
11 ICARLY NICK Sat 09:00P-09:30P 4,866
12 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,826
13 ICARLY MOVIE: SHELBY MARX NICK Sun 11:00A-12:00P 4,816
14 RED SOX/YANKEES ESPN Sun 08:00P-11:23P 4,698
15 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 4,436
16 ICARLY MOVIE: SHELBY MARX NICK Sun 07:00P-08:00P 4,359
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 12:00P-12:30P 4,300
18 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,264
19 JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 09:30P-10:00P 4,169
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 12:30P-01:00P 4,146

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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