Lynette Rice
September 07, 2010 AT 10:22 PM EDT

Image Credit: Justin Stephens/USA Network; Marc Hom/TNT; Discovery Channel; Eric Ogden/TNTUPDATED, 9/8: Ad-supported cable networks like TNT and USA benefited (yet again) from fed-up TV fans who didn’t want a nightly diet of reality shows from NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox this summer. New scripted shows like Rizzoli and Isles and returning hits like The Closer attracted lots of drama-hungry viewers who weren’t getting their fill from D.O.A. series like ABC’s The Gates and Scoundrels. Granted, the balance of power should shift come Sept. 20 when the official Nielsen TV season gets underway (and new dramas like Fox’s Lone Star and NBC’s The Event will theoretically lure everyone back to scripted fare on the broadcast nets). Over the last three months, however, basic cable served up enough watchable, buzz-worthy series that should have had you asking, “Do I really care to watch Minute to Win It or Bachelor Pad, instead?

Here are the top 25 most-watched shows on the ad-supported cable networks from May 31 to Aug. 22, the latest numbers available (kiddie programs were excluded):

Rizzoli and Isles (TNT): 8.44 million

The Closer (TNT): 8.20 million

Royal Pains (USA): 7.154 million

Burn Notice (USA): 7.151 million

Covert Affairs (USA): 6.74 million

Pawn Stars (History): 6.33 million

Jersey Shore (MTV): 6.07 million

Deadliest Catch (Discovery): 5.92 million

White Collar (USA): 5.28 million

American Pickers (History): 4.98 million

In Plain Sight (USA): 4.93 million

Psych (USA): 4.87 million

Memphis Beat (TNT): 4.59 million

Leverage (TNT): 4.328 million

Army Wives (Lifetime): 4.327 million

After the Catch (Discovery): 4.29 million

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land): 4.27 million

Next Foot Network Star (Food): 4.02 million

Project Runway (Lifetime): 4.01 million

The Glades (A&E): 3.88 million

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family): 3.25 million

American Chopper: Senior (TLC): 2.78 million

Are We There Yet? (TBS): 2.72 million

Haven (SyFy): 2.51 million

Top Shot (History): 2.47 million

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