If you count WWE RAW as a sport, sports dominated the top ten with only iCarly at #10 breaking up the sports-streak.  Seven NBA playoff games made the top ten.   Game #7 of  the Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics where the Magic from Orlando won the decisive game seven on Boston’s home court was the most watched program on cable for the week with 8.382 million viewers.

In Plain Sight was back in the top 20 (#12) with 3.948 million average viewers and its lead-in, Law & Order: Criminal Intent was #19 with 3.709 million.
Top twenty cable network television shows for the week ending May 17, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 MAGIC/CELTICS TNT Sun 08:07P-10:46P 8,382
2 LAKERS/ROCKETS ESPN Thu 09:51P-12:35A 7,352
3 MAGIC/CELTICS TNT Tue 08:00P-10:45P 5,233
4 ROCKETS/LAKERS TNT Tue 10:45P-01:20A 5,187
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:03P 4,940
6 NUGGETS/MAVERICKS TNT Mon 09:53P-12:53A 4,837
7 CELTICS/MAGIC ESPN Thu 07:00P-09:51P 4,795
8 MAVERICKS/NUGGETS TNT Wed 09:09P-11:54P 4,574
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,415
10 ICARLY NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 4,319
11 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING SPD Sat 07:00P-11:20P 4,174
12 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,948
13 CAVALIERS/HAWKS TNT Mon 07:00P-09:53P 3,943
15 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,866
16 TRUE JACKSON, VP NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 3,864
17 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sun 10:00A-10:30A 3,820
18 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,789
19 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,709
20 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 3,646
Other shows (not ranked)
SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 3,469
HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 07:30P-08:00P 3,361
JONAS DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 3,356
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 3,307
DANE COOK:ISOLATED CMDY Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,169
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 2,930
HILLS, THE MTV Mon 10:00P-10:30P 2,412
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAV Tue 11:00P-12:00A 1,715
MYTHBUSTERS DISC Wed 09:00P-10:00P 1,688
GREEK FAM Mon 08:00P-09:00P 748

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