- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of Aug. 8-14. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses:

1. “Jersey Shore” (Thursday, 10 p.m.), MTV, 5.4 million homes, 7.37 million viewers.

2. “The Closer” (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.92 million homes, 6.5 million viewers.

3. “Rizzoli & Isles” (Monday, 10 p.m.), TNT, 4.84 million homes, 6.45 million viewers.

4. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10 p.m.), History, 4.41 million homes, 6.26 million viewers.

5. “Pawn Stars” (Monday, 10:30 p.m.), History, 4.32 million homes, 6.08 million viewers.

6. “Royal Pains” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.95 million homes, 5.16 million viewers.

7. “American Pickers” (Monday, 9 p.m.), History, 3.84 million homes, 5.35 million viewers.

8. “Republican Presidential Debate” (Thursday, 9 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.83 million homes, 5.05 million viewers.

9. “Burn Notice” (Thursday, 9 p.m.), USA, 3.6 million homes, 4.74 million viewers.

10. “ICarly” (Saturday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 3.58 million homes, 5.51 million viewers.

11. “Covert Affairs” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.53 million homes, 4.7 million viewers.

12. “Storage Wars” (Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.), A&E, 3.41 million homes, 4.8 million viewers.

13. “True Blood” (Sunday, 9:03 p.m.), HBO, 3.4 million homes, 5.3 million viewers.

14. NFL Exhibition Football: Baltimore vs. Philadelphia (Thursday, 8 p.m.), ESPN, 3.34 million homes, 4.39 million viewers.

15. “Necessary Roughness” (Wednesday, 10 p.m.), USA, 3.27 million homes, 4.13 million viewers.


USA is owned by Comcast’s NBC Universal. TNT and HBO are owned by Time Warner Inc. MTV and Nickelodeon are owned by Viacom. History and A&E are owned by the A&E Television Networks. Fox News Channel is owned by News Corp. ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Corp.




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