By Lynette Rice
Updated August 29, 2011 at 09:07 PM EDT
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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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