Monk led all cable viewing for the week followed by WWE RAW, The Closer and Burn Notice. iCarly rounded out the top five. Things were a little more back to normal this week in the sense that there was less political stuff in the top twenty, but SpongeBobs only appearance in the top twenty was at number twenty.

In addition to The Closer, the Lakers/Celtics game on Thursday and Gifted Hands: Ben Carson also performed well for TNT.

Battlestar Galactica was up versus the previous week, and Damages was back down below a million. I know there are some of you who think we should post all the multiple airings of Damages but unfortunately outside of the main airing, there are also repeats from other weeks and I don’t know which is which…so, I’m only listing the main airing.

I included a lot of additional shows from advertising supported basic cable, but it’s likely I didn’t get your show in. There are thousands and thousands of airings each week to choose from and we can’t include them all. The additional shows are just meant to be a sampling. We don’t typically see numbers for premium cable shows on HBO, Showtime etc unless we see them somewhere else.

Also please note: we get weekly data for the Monday-Sunday period every Tuesday morning. If your show aired on Monday night or after of the current week, we won’t know the results until next Tuesday unless we see the data via press release or somewhere else.

Update: Broadcasting & Cable reports the last episode of Big Love on HBO averaged 1.9 million and is showing growth the last four weeks. James Hibberd reports that Showtime has renewed United States of Tara.

Full top twenty cable programs (and others) for the week ending February 8, 2009:


Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 MONK USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 5,677
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 5,471
3 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,369
4 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,271
5 ICARLY NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 5,230
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,151
7 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,468
8 PSYCH USA Fri 10:00P-11:00P 4,460
9 NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 4,316
10 LAKERS/CELTICS TNT Thu 08:16P-11:15P 4,311
11 GIFTED HANDS: BEN CARSON TNT Sat 08:00P-10:00P 4,237
12 NCIS USA Tue 07:00P-08:00P 4,172
13 ICARLY NICK Tue 06:00P-06:30P 4,141
14 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 4,093
15 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-08:29P 4,076
16 ICARLY NICK Sat 07:30P-08:00P 4,074
17 ICARLY NICK Tue 06:30P-07:00P 4,008
18 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 3,970
19 TRUE JACKSON, VP NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 3,953
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 07:30P-08:00P 3,932
  Other Shows        
  BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:00A-12:00P 3,886
  FINDING NEMO DSNY Fri 09:00P-10:45P 3,817
  THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,769
  S CAMP ROCK DSNY Sun 06:05P-08:00P 3,296
  HOUSE USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3,247
  TOP CHEF BRAV Wed 10:00P-11:00P 3,234
  NAKED BROTHERS BAND NICK Sat 09:00P-09:30P 3,231
  NCIS USA Mon 06:00P-07:00P 3,228
  THE GOOD WITCHS GARDEN HALL Sat 09:00P-11:00P 3,115
  MEET THE BROWNS TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 3,094
  FAIRLY ODD PARENTS NICK Sat 08:30A-09:00A 2,912
  S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 DSNY Sun 04:00P-06:05P 2,899
  PHINEAS AND FERB SHORTS DSNY Fri 10:45P-11:00P 2,877
  JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-09:30P 2,843
  FAMILY GUY ADSM Thu 11:30P-12:00A 2,816
  LEVERAGE TNT Tue 10:00P-11:00P 2,790
  NIP TUCK FX Tue 10:00P-11:02P 2,702
  ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM Sun 11:30P-11:45P 2,607
  HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Mon 07:30P-08:00P 2,556
  STAR WARS:CLONE WARS TOON Fri 09:00P-09:30P 2,512
  THE FIRST 48 A&E Thu 09:00P-10:00P 2,510
  DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER A&E Wed 09:30P-10:30P 2,437
  I LOVE MONEY 2 VH1 Mon 09:00P-10:30P 2,431
  GEORGE LOPEZ NAN Fri 10:30P-11:00P 2,346
  FOR THE LOVE OF RAY J VH1 Mon 10:30P-11:30P 2,299
  INTERVENTION A&E Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,216
  AMERICAS BEST DANCE CREW MTV Thu 10:00P-11:00P 2,125
  THATS SO RAVEN – LN DSNY Fri 12:00A-12:30A 2,074
  SEINFELD TBSC Mon 07:30P-08:00P 2,058
  BATMAN:BRAVE & THE BOLD TOON Fri 08:00P-08:30P 2,031
  DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE MTV Tue 10:00P-11:00P 2,014
  DUKE/CLEMSON ESPN Wed 09:05P-11:07P 2,013
  HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV Sun 08:30P-09:00P 1,971
  FAMILY MATTERS NAN Sat 12:30A-01:00A 1,931
  TRUST ME TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 1,911
  DAILY SHOW CMDY Wed 10:59P-11:30P 1,888
  REAL WORLD XXI MTV Wed 10:00P-11:00P 1,876
  DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD Fri 09:30P-10:00P 1,778
  ECW SCIF Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,772
  DIRTY JOBS DISC Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,769
  BATTLSTR GALACTICA (ORIG) SCIF Fri 10:00P-11:00P 1,767
  MAN VS. WILD DISC Mon 10:00P-11:00P 1,692
  UFC FIGHT NIGHT LIVE SPK Sat 09:00P-11:00P 1,679
  TIME MACHINE HIST Sat 10:00P-11:00P 1,666
  THATS SO RAVEN – LN DSNY Sat 12:00A-12:30A 1,660
  COPS TRU Sun 09:00P-09:30P 1,656
  TROY FX Sun 07:30P-11:00P 1,656
WONDER PETS NICK Fri 10:00A-10:30A 1,650
  SUNS/PISTONS ESPN Sun 08:00P-10:39P 1,623
  MAVERICKS/JAZZ TNT Thu 11:15P-01:16A 1,617
  REBA LIFE Thu 08:00P-09:00P 1,572
  KYLE XY FAM Mon 09:00P-10:00P 1,105
  DADDYS GIRLS MTV Mon 10:30P-11:00P 1,101
  DAMAGES FX Wed 10:00P-11:01P 850
  MANSWERS SPK Fri 12:00A-12:31A 839
  FINAL VERDICT LMN Mon 02:00P-04:00P 343

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