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Kyra Sedgwick and TNT’s The Closer were back on top, with somewhat of a commanding lead, and USA Network took the next four spots with Burn Notice, Royal Pains and both airings of WWE RAW.

Fans of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and In Plain Sight can remain calm, both shows were in the top 20, and In Plain Sight has already been renewed, and word is Law & Order: CI will be renewed soon as well.

The Next Food Network Star finale  placed sixth by viewers, pulling in almost 5.5 million!

TNT WatchLeverage almost made the top 20 with 3.676 million but didn’t quite make it.  Hawthorne did well with 3.609 million and Dark Blue lagged behind with 2.917 million.  Raising the Bar had 3.535 million, but it also had #1 The Closer as its lead-in. Update: My apologies to Detective Hanadarko fans — I didn’t mean to leave Saving Grace off the TNT Watch!  Saving Grace averaged 3.159 million viewers.

I will post True Blood (and any other premium cable ) results when I see them, there is no need to request them. Update: True Blood scored 4.272 million viewers, and though it’s not in the list below ranked as the 8th most-watched program for the week.

Jon & Kate Plus 8 returned last night, and since these numbers are through Sunday they won’t show up until next week, but I’m sure we’ll see those numbers before then and will do a separate post.

BONUS:  we are having “guess the ratings” giveaway contests (with awesome prizes!!) for this Friday’s 8th and final season premiere of Monk and there is also an additional give away contest for the season four premiere of Psych. Enter to win!

Top 20 advertiser supported cable network television shows for the week ending August 2, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 7,455
2 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 6,634
3 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 6,381
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:14P 5,852
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,676
6 SP FN STAR 5 FOOD Sun 09:00P-10:00P 5,493
8 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 4,249
9 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,235
10 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Sun 07:00P-07:30P 4,209
11 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,145
12 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 3,962
13 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 07:30P-08:00P 3,902
14 ARMY WIVES LIFE Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,887
15 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,876
16 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3,811
17 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC Tue 09:00P-10:01P 3,748
18 JONAS DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 3,737
19 NCIS USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 3,733
20 INCREDIBLES, THE DSNY Sat 08:20P-10:20P 3,731

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

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