I will post True Blood numbers as soon as I see them. We don’t get premium cable data directly from Nielsen.

The week before Jon & Kate announced their divorce, Jon & Kate Plus 8 lost over 1.3 million viewers to fall to #68 with but 2.92  million average viewers. It will be interesting to see how far they pop back up this week with the divorce news boost. If we get any press release numbers early I will post them.

Update: Last night’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 drew 10.6 million average viewers, a record for the show.

Update 2: The show will be on hiatus until August 3.

In non-divorce news, USA Network is having a hot, hot summer. Royal Pains increased its viewership by nearly one million over last week and topped the cable network shows for the week. The net had 10 of the top 20 cable shows for the week.

The second outing of The Closer fell by over 1.5 million half a million viewers from last week’s premiere back into second place and 6.47 million viewers. WWE RAW was up by a little over 100,000 viewers in third. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race from Sonoma (which caught me in its traffic jam on Saturday) was fourth with 5.79 million. Burn Notice held in 5th up about half a million viewers this week from last when it faced NBA Finals competition.

In Plain Sight fell by nearly half a million, down to #18,  and just 3.72 million viewers, just behind the premiere of TNT’s HawthoRNe at 3.827 million.

For the second week in a row, SpongeBob did not make the top twenty.  The yellow and porous one’s best outing was #23 with 3.5 million. Fear not, he is just biding his time while the human powered shows have their time in the sun. NCIS was again strong on cable (as on broadcast) with five airings in the top twenty.

Robert is on hiatus until late July, I am on my own till then, so we will not be handling Twitter (or other) requests for ala carte show numbers.

Top 20 cable network television shows for the week ending June 21, 2009:

Rank Programs Net Day Time Viewers (Live+SD)
1 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 6,503
2 THE CLOSER TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,469
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 6,091
4 SPRINT CUP RACING/SONOMA TNT Sun 05:00P-08:36P 5,788
5 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 5,782
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,720
7 NASCAR POST RACE SHOW TNT Sun 08:36P-08:46P 5,601
8 NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 5,071
9 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,908
10 NCIS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P 4,848
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,561
12 NCIS USA Fri 10:00P-11:00P 4,424
13 NCIS USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 4,234
14 ICARLY NICK Wed 07:30P-08:00P 4,172
15 MR TROOP MOM NICK Fri 08:00P-10:00P 4,010
16 ICARLY MOVIE:DATE A BAD BOY NICK Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,870
17 HAWTHORNE TNT Tue 09:00P-10:00P 3,827
18 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,720
19 ICARLY NICK Wed 07:00P-07:30P 3,663
20 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 3,630

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

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