Cable shows: Hottest program this summer was...

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Who cared about broadcast shows like America’s Got Talent or So You Think You Can Dance? Cable programs had no trouble drumming up the eyeballs this summer, which is probably why viewership levels were up year-to-year among ad-supported basic nets like TNT, USA, History and MTV (4 percent) versus what the Big Four broadcasters were attracting (down 3 percent).

Did your favorite ad-supported cable show make the top 10 cut? (We’re talking just the nets with commercial, people. Not HBO or Showtime). Check out the charts below which take into account the top 10 new and returning shows on ad-supported cable among viewers through Aug. 21. (Note to tweeners: Kiddie nets were excluded). And one other thing: Who knew there was a show called Mounted in Alaska?

Top 10 returning shows among viewers
Jersey Shore (MTV) 8.5 million
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) 8.0 million
The Closer (TNT) 7.9 million
Pawn Stars (History) 7.2 million
Burn Notice (USA) 6.6 million
Royal Pains (USA) 6.6 million
Covert Affairs (USA) 6.5 million
American Pickers (History) 6.0 million
White Collar (USA) 5.5 million
Swamp People (History) 5.4 million

Top 10 returning shows among adults 18-49
Jersey Shore 5.8 million
Pawn Stars 3.6 million
Tosh.O (Comedy Central) 3.2 million
Storage Wars (A&E) 3.0 million
Teen Mom (MTV) 2.9 million
Swamp People 2.8 million
Burn Notice (USA) 2.7 million
Deadliest Catch (Discovery) 2.7 million
Royal Pains (USA) 2.7 million
Covert Affairs 2.7 million

Top 10 new shows among viewers
Falling Skies
(TNT) 6.9 million
Suits (USA) 5.9 million
Necessary Roughness (USA) 5.4 million
Franklin & Bash (TNT) 3.9 million
American Restoration (History) 3.6 million
Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 3.5 million
The Killing (AMC) 3.0 million
Alphas (SYFY) 2.9 million
Mounted in Alaska (History) 2.5 million
Extreme Couponing (TLC) 2.3 million

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  • Justin Poppiti

    USA network is on fire.

    • abadstroller

      “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs” were my favorites this summer. Well, heck, every summer now! I like “Necessary Roughness” and “Royal Pains”, but admit that I’m not yet on board with “Suits” (not sure why). I’ll have to catch a “Suits” ep online and give it another look. USA Network rocks!

      • Lisa Simpson

        I love “White Collar” and “Royal Pains”, but “Necessary Roughness” hasn’t really hit for me. I enjoy “Covert Affairs”, but don’t find the need to watch or DVR it. I haven’t tried “Suits” yet.

      • LOL

        America loves crap.

    • wakeforce

      Not to the nets; Build good shows, they will come.

      • What?

        EXACTLY

        SYFY should be ashamed – Falling Skies is the type of show they should be making.

        ABC should be showing shows like Switched at Birth

        Finally, The Killing was just plain awesome, but most network tv is for those dazzled by CSI

    • JVC

      lies… lies.. lies.. number one show my butt

  • Rebecca

    Luther was my favorite show of the summer!!!

  • CIP

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised by “Suits”. The original premise as presented in the pilot was kind of lame but the leads are charismatic and the storylines pretty relevant.

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  • Clete

    Mounted in Alaska is a show about Bristol Palin.

    • P.

      And here I thought Bristol’s new reality show was called Knocked-up Media Wh0re.

  • Mike

    USA might be on fire… but History is the one that is really on fire. Those are some huge numbers for them.

  • Amy

    Glad to see Switched at Birth, my favorite of the summer shows, has been so well received.

  • chloe

    “Mounted in Alaska” must be Bristol Palin’s reality show.

    • benji

      lmao, perfect delivery

      • abadstroller

        Funny, but mean, you guys!

  • illiac

    There are some mistakes, the numbers for MTV are Live+same day while the numbers for TNT or USA Network are Live+7. So you can’t compare all these ratings

  • Pslightly Psycho

    The dumbing down of America continues. Of ALL the shows on cable TV this heaping mound of dog poo is #1. That says a lot about U.S. pop culture consumers and how shallow they have become. You all are pathetic. Go read a book and learn something.

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  • Mincha

    Yep–Burn Notice, Royal Pains and White Collar. These are encouraging numbers.

  • Bad “Situation”

    I was hoping Hurricane Irene wiped out the JERSEY SHORE cast. No luck. Damn!

  • jfms777

    I like the star of “Necessary Roughness.” I just wish the character wasn’t such an ass. And a lousy Mom. And get rid of her kids. Brats. Makes one almost wish she would become an amoral temptress, like the “Nancy Botwin” character on “Weeds.” She is smart–and hot.

  • jpratm

    shame on you AMERICA – Jersey Shore is the disgrace of MTV

  • allie

    great for burn notice!! and i agree, jersey shore sucks. how can people watch that trash, lol. i know teen-nick is kind of a tween channel, but wish they showed how degrassi did!

  • Adam

    Happy for Alphas.

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