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Is No Blow Too Low for Real Housewives of New Jersey?

Real Housewives NJ, Danielle Staub Bravo Photo: Virginia Sherwood

Captain Phil passed. Danielle Staub brawled. Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh returned. Jennifer Love Hewittworked it.  

But who reigned?

The answer—and more questions—in our latest TV ratings quiz:

1. How well attended was Deadliest Catch's farewell to the Cornelia Marie's skipper? Very well. The episode featuring Phil Harris' death was the top-watched show in all of cable, with 8.5 million viewers, per the new Nielsen weekly rankings. Additionally, it was the third-most watched telecast in the history of the Discovery Channel. 

2. Can the Real Housewives of New Jersey do anything that'll make us tune them out? Not so far. The episode featuring the hair-extension-ripping antics of Staub, Ashley Holmes and Teresa Giudice landed the series in cable's Top 40, and resulted in its biggest audience (3.3 million) for a non-table-flipping finale.

3. The Closer is back—are you? Yup. The series' sixth-season premiere was cable's No. 2 show overall, and the most-watched drama or comedy series, with 7.7 million viewers. The opener was doubly valuable, helping the new TNT cop show, Rizzoli & Isles (7.6 million), to a third-place finish in the cable rankings. 

4. Did Hewitt work as a, um, working girl? Yes. Her cable movie, The Client List, scored with 3.9 million viewers last night, Lifetime said. (It'll be eligible for next week's rankings.)  

5. Describe something very real (and very big) about The Hills. Interest in its series finale. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Truman Show-esque farewell, which averaged 3 million fans and other saps, was up nearly 75 percent from its previous season finale.  

6. OK, is Hannah Montana over now? No. But in a bit of an upset, the top-rated comedy series was not the top-rated comedy series in all of cable. Its latest new episode was edged by its Disney Channel sibling, Sonny With a Chance, 5.4 million to 6.1 million viewers. 

7. How bad were the ratings for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game? Not bad at all. Sure, historically, they were at a low, with 12.1 million viewers. But against Summer 2010 competition, they were good enough to qualify the contest as the most-watched anything in all of TV.

8. Aren't you going to mention True Blood? Sure. It's still big and hot—4.9 million viewers, good for 18th place in the cable rankings.

Here's a look at the 10 most-watched, all-new broadcast network shows for the week ended Sunday, per Nielsen Media Research:

  1. MLB All-Star Game, 12.1 million
  2. America's Got Talent (Tuesday), 11.6 million
  3. America's Got Talent (Wednesday), 11.4 million
  4. The Bachelorette, 9.6 million
  5. MLB All-Star Game Pregame, 9.2 million
  6. Wipeout (Thursday), 7.8 million
  7. Big Brother (Thursday), 7.1 million
  8. Big Brother (Sunday), 6.92 million
  9. 20/20, 6.9 million
  10. Minute to Win It, 6.7 million

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