USA Network had a strong Thursday night, with the season premiere of Burn Notice taking the top spot with 5.992 million viewers and the debut of Royal Pains was the third most-watched show of the week with 5.567 million.  Jon & Kate Plus 8 reeled in 5.946 million to take the no. 2 spot.  Another new episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 last Monday (actually the first one to air, at 9p) averaged 5.468 million.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on TNT grabbed the fourth spot with  5.48 million  and the post game coverage of the race with 5.349 million took the sixth spot.   WWE RAW took the seventh and eighth spots with 5.052 million and 4.530 million respectively.

An NHL Stanley Cup Final game made the top ten at number nine with 3.448.   Not huge numbers perhaps, but record breaking numbers, at least for the Comcast owned Versus network for an NHL contest.

(the default sorting of the way I receive the cable information is sorted by P2+ coverage rating.  Normally, I re-sort first to correct that, and it typically doesn’t make a difference regardless, except when a network with low coverage (relative to other nets on the list) comes into play.  This time it made a difference and as it was, the only Penguins making it into the top twenty were the Penguins of Madagascar.  Sorry about that!

Disney’s Hannah Montanna took the 9th spot  with 4.182 million and SpongeBob absorbed the tenth spot with 4.167.

In Plain Sight dipped to 3.73 million, under performing Law & Order: Criminal Intent’s 4.012 million and dropping out of the top twenty.  Although just barely, at #21 in viewers.  Some of that was because of the season premiere of Army Wives (also at 10pm on Sunday) which pulled in 3.476 million.

Top twenty cable network television shows for the week ending June 7, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 5,992
2 JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 09:30P-10:00P 5,946
3 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:17P 5,567
4 SPRINT CUP RACING/POCONO TNT Sun 01:59P-06:02P 5,480
5 JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-09:30P 5,468
6 NASCAR POST RACE SHOW TNT Sun 06:02P-06:15P 5,349
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 5,052
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,530
9 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 07:30P-08:00P 4,182
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 05:00P-05:30P 4,167
11 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,041
12 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 08:05P-08:30P 4,017
13 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,012
14 MAN VS. WILD DISC Tue 10:00P-11:00P 3,971
15 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:00P-05:30P 3,961
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:30P-06:00P 3,941
17 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,928
18 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,891
19 NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3,784
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,749
because I lost a bet:
GREEK FAM Mon 08:00P-09:00P 633

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

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