The NBA playoffs grabbed the top two spots and six out of the top seven spots on this week’s chart, led by the Cleveland Cavaliers / Orlando Magic game on Tuesday that averaged over ten million.  A rare week where the info on eight of the top ten shows had already published on our site, starting with last Monday’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 that averaged over 9.8 million viewers.   With all the basketball and Jon & Kate progeny, WWE RAW was pushed down to the ninth and tenth spots.

In the 8th spot, The 2009 MTV Movie Awards had its best showing in five years.

Bill and I have both been fans of In Plain Sight, and Bill is a big Law & Order: Criminal Intent fan (at least of the Goren/Eames team), but a repeat of NCIS on Sunday night did almost as well as new episodes of In Plain Sight and Law & Order: CI.

I’ve been catching up on all the old NCIS episodes thanks to USA and since some weeks they run almost 30 episodes (like this past week) armed with DVR, you can catch up quickly!  As a special, likely never to be repeated event, I published the numbers for every airing of NCIS on USA Network last week below.

I will be ignoring any numbers requests in the comments, but if you send a message to @TVbytheNumbers on Twitter, I’ll probably reply sooner or later (via Twitter) with the data.

Top twenty cable network television shows for the week ending May 31 , 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CAVALIERS/MAGIC TNT Tue 08:36P-11:52P 10,075
2 MAGIC/CAVALIERS TNT Thu 08:34P-11:38P 9,995
3 JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 09:00P-10:13P 9,802
4 LAKERS/NUGGETS ESPN Mon 08:56P-12:06A 9,731
5 LAKERS/NUGGETS ESPN Wed 08:56P-11:50P 9,238
6 LAKERS/NUGGETS ESPN Fri 08:56P-11:40P 8,462
7 CAVALIERS/MAGIC TNT Sat 08:35P-11:13P 8,362
8 2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS MTV Sun 09:00P-11:00P 5,282
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 4,894
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,486
11 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4,351
12 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Thu 11:38P-12:21A 4,293
13 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,189
14 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tue 11:52P-12:36A 4,159
15 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 4,039
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,991
17 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,970
18 NCIS USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3,930
19 SPORTSCENTER LATE L ESPN Wed 11:50P-01:00A 3,870
20 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sat 11:13P-12:10A 3,837
Other shows ( not ranked or sorted)
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3,526
JON & KATE PLUS 8 TLC Mon 08:30P-09:00P 3,451
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,394
MEET THE BROWNS TBSC Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3,359
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun 11:00P-11:30P 3,267
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 3,204
CAKE BOSS TLC Mon 10:13P-10:45P 3,181
ICE ROAD TRUCKERS HIST Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,018
MANEATER (PART2) LIFE Sun 09:00P-11:00P 2,919
HOUSE USA Fri 10:00P-11:00P 2,856
NED DECLASSIFIED NICK Tue 08:00P-08:30P 2,847
BONES TNT Mon 07:00P-08:00P 2,802
HILLS, THE MTV Sun 08:00P-09:00P 2,721
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM FX Sun 06:30P-09:00P 2,625
Special homage to NCIS! (i probably watched every one of these!)
NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,189
NCIS USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3,930
NCIS USA Sun 07:00P-08:00P 3,826
NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 3,778
NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 3,587
NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3,519
NCIS USA Sun 05:00P-06:00P 3,517
NCIS USA Tue 07:00P-08:00P 3,353
NCIS USA Sun 06:00P-07:00P 3,297
NCIS USA Fri 07:00P-08:00P 3,213
NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,137
NCIS USA Sun 04:00P-05:00P 3,044
NCIS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P 3,005
NCIS USA Mon 06:00P-07:00P 3,001
NCIS USA Tue 06:00P-07:00P 2,942
NCIS USA Wed 06:00P-07:00P 2,851
NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 2,808
NCIS USA Fri 06:00P-07:00P 2,627
NCIS USA Thu 06:00P-07:00P 2,610
NCIS USA Sun 03:00P-04:00P 2,571
NCIS USA Mon 05:00P-06:00P 2,407
NCIS USA Wed 05:00P-06:00P 2,334
NCIS USA Tue 05:00P-06:00P 2,291
NCIS USA Sun 02:00P-03:00P 2,184
NCIS USA Thu 05:00P-06:00P 2,116
NCIS USA Sun 01:00P-02:00P 2,099
NCIS USA Sun 12:00P-01:00P 2,036
NCIS USA Fri 05:00P-06:00P 1,888
NCIS USA Sun 11:00A-12:00P 1,438
And because I lost a bet:
GREEK FAM Mon 08:00P-09:00P 711
GREEK FAM Mon 12:00A-01:00A 151
note that because of the wacky Nielsen day runs 6am-6am
the midnight rebroadcast of Greek was really on Tuesday morning

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