WWE RAW again captured the top two spots, followed by Nick’s iCarly, an NCIS rerun and the controversial sponginess that is SpongeBob rounded out the top five.

People are showing  NCIS the love, with it taking nine of the top twenty spots.  And while Penguins of Madagascar only showed up once in the top 20, like SpongeBob, there are a zillion episodes and many of them that performed much better than shows I list that are outside of the top twenty.

The first two rounds of The Masters golf tournament fared well for ESPN.   Rescue Me returned after about a year and a half hiatus to decent numbers for FX.  Let’s get to the numbers…

Top 20 cable shows for the week ending April 12, 2009:


Please note, all shows outside of the top twenty are sorted by viewers but ARE NOT ranked. If you don’t see a show listed here, the only thing you can conclude for sure is that it wasn’t in the top twenty.   The top twenty would include premium cable, if any of those shows ever made the top twenty.  But the additional show list is for advertising supported basic cable networks only. We do not see data directly for premium cable channels.  But if I see anything I’ll post it here and if you see anything, please post a link in the comments.

There are over 14,000 shows. I’m not taking requests as it would be impossible to please everyone. Sorry!  If you make a request in the comments anyway, I will ignore it, sorry.

Rank Shows NET DAY Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:03P 6,140
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5,743
3 ICARLY NICK Sat 08:00P-08:30P 5,051
4 NCIS USA Tue 07:00P-08:00P 4,394
5 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,210
6 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,997
7 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3,977
8 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 3,967
9 NCIS USA Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,966
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,879
11 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,766
12 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 3,703
13 NCIS USA Sun 10:00P-11:00P 3,701
14 TRUE JACKSON, VP NICK Sat 08:30P-09:00P 3,654
15 NCIS USA Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3,590
16 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3,513
18 NCIS USA Tue 06:00P-07:00P 3,493
19 NCIS USA Sun 07:00P-08:00P 3,475
20 NORA ROBERTS TRIBUTE LIFE Sat 09:00P-11:00P 3,430
Other shows (sorted, but not ranked)
ROCK OF LOVE 3 VH1 Sun 09:00P-10:00P 3,239
FOR THE LOVE OF RAY J VH1 Mon 10:00P-11:00P 3,164
SOUTH PARK CMDY Wed 10:00P-10:30P 3,106
S HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Mon 06:00P-06:30P 2,998
HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC Wed 10:30P-11:00P 2,979
HILLS, THE MTV Mon 10:30P-11:00P 2,970
CUBS/BREWERS ESPN Sun 08:00P-11:36P 2,961
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun 11:00P-11:30P 2,960
BACK AT THE BARNYARD NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 2,946
MIGHTY B! NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 2,832
UCONN/LOUISVILLE ESPN Tue 08:30P-10:43P 2,668
GHOST HUNTERS SCIF Wed 09:00P-10:00P 2,654
LOVE FINDS A HOME HALL Sat 09:00P-11:00P 2,532
MAX AND RUBY NICK Fri 10:00A-10:30A 2,634
I LOVE MONEY 2 VH1 Mon 09:00P-10:00P 2,551
SAVING GRACE TNT Mon 10:00P-11:00P 2,539
NUGGETS/LAKERS TNT Thu 10:50P-01:35A 2,510
RESCUE ME FX Tue 10:00P-11:00P 2,297
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV Thu 10:00P-10:30P 2,001
MYTHBUSTERS DISC Wed 09:00P-11:00P 1,981
DAILY SHOW CMDY Wed 10:59P-11:30P 1,888
ECW SCIF Tue 09:00P-10:00P 1,883
RIVER MONSTERS APL Sun 10:00P-11:00P 1,886
LIFE WITH DEREK-LN DSNY Fri 12:00A-12:30A 1,875
THE FIRST 48 A&E Thu 09:00P-10:00P 1,790
RENO 911! CMDY Wed 10:30P-10:59P 1,786
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD Fri 09:30P-10:00P 1,767
THATS SO RAVEN – LN DSNY Thu 11:30P-12:00A 1,767
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P 1,637
BATTLES BC HIST Sun 10:00P-11:00P 1,626
DIRTY JOBS DISC Sun 09:00P-10:00P 1,602
COLBERT REPORT CMDY Wed 11:30P-12:00A 1,446
RL HSWVS OF NJ PREV SP BRAV Tue 11:00P-11:30P 1,432
BREAKING BAD AMC Sun 10:00P-11:00P 1,407
COUNTDOWN W/ K. OLBERMANN MSNB Wed 08:00P-09:00P 1,332
THE SOUP EN Fri 10:00P-10:30P 1,244
NANCY GRACE HLN Wed 08:00P-08:54P 1,170
CHELSEA LATELY EN Wed 11:00P-11:30P 911
GREEK FAM Mon 08:00P-09:00P 834

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