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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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