- 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.

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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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