the closer

TNT’s The Closer was cable’s top show by a fairly wide margin, but there was no new iCarly special this week!  And even without a new Burn Notice, In Plain Sight or Law & Order Criminal Intent, USA Network still led cable during primetime both in viewers and adults 18-49 for the week.

USA’s WWE RAW took the second and sixth spots and Royal Pains and Monk grabbed the fourth and fifth spots.   An NCIS rerun was 10th (and 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, and 25th  — speaking of which, I’ve expanded this table to the top 25 shows, beginning this week, but with all the NCIS, I’m not sure that really gained anything this week).

And no, I didn’t expand the list simply so Sponge Bob would appear at least a little absorbent!

Two broadcasts of Disney’s Ratatouille (great movie!) made the list, and though I don’t have the exact numbers yet, I squeezed True Blood, which set another series high, onto the list at number nine with 4.46 million viewers.

Two airings of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor made the list, but that won’t surprise anyone who check’s out the daily cable news results.

ESPN grabbed two of the top 10 spots with NASCAR (#3) and a special Thursday edition of Monday Night Football (#7).

Though nobody cares but me, probably, Terrell Owen’s The T.O. Show (not in the top 25!) scored 1.415 million viewers last Monday (Aug 10) at 10pm, and sure, that’s a better timeslot than 4:30pm, but it’s still a lot more viewers than Jim Rome’s Rome is Burning pulled in his best airing of the week (808K). But stay humble fellas, the Friday night 11:30pm airing of That’s So Raven averaged 2.34 million.

That’s not about T.O.’s numbers stinking (it was still VH1’s third most-watched show for the week behind two airings of Real Chance of Love 2 that pulled 1.655M and 1.569M respectively) or Jim Rome’s numbers stinking.  That’s about Raven’s numbers being amazing.

In total viewers, USA, Disney, Fox News, TNT and Nick at Night were the top networks in primetime, in 18-49 primetime viewers, It was USA, TBS, TNT, ESPN and A&E (yes, A&E!).

For those wanting more detail on Mad Men’s Sunday premiere, the initial airing at 10pm drew 2.769 million between 10p-10:54p.  The 11p-12:02A viewing averaged 879K, and the 1a-2:02a airing averaged an additional 289K.   For those keeping score at home, that’s 3.937 million….

Top 25  basic cable shows (plus HBO’s True Blood) for the week ending August 16, 2009:

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT Mon 09:00P-10:00P 6,953
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:07P 5,755
3 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 02:15P-05:48P 5,622
4 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 5,562
5 MONK USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 5,305
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,236
7 CARDINALS/STEELERS ESPN Thu 08:00P-11:07P 4,755
8 RATATOUILLE DSNY Sat 08:00P-10:00P 4,565
9 TRUE BLOOD HBO Sun 09:00P-10:00P 4,46x
10 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4,223
11 PSYCH USA Fri 10:00P-11:00P 4,195
12 SUITE LIFE ON DECK DSNY Fri 08:35P-09:00P 4,136
13 RATATOUILLE DSNY Sun 12:00P-02:00P 4,079
14 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Fri 08:00P-08:30P 4,062
15 ARMY WIVES LIFE Sun 10:00P-11:00P 4,008
16 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3,990
17 NCIS USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 3,848
18 NCIS USA Thu 07:00P-08:00P 3,831
19 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,814
20 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,788
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3,736
22 FAMILY GUY ADSM Tue 11:30P-12:00A 3,692
23 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 3,671
24 FAMILY GUY ADSM Tue 11:00P-11:30P 3,662
25 NCIS USA Wed 10:00P-11:00P 3,648

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

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