NEW YORK (AP) – A taste for new programming doesn’t disappear just because it’s summer, and TNT benefited last week.

“The Closer,” starring Kyra Sedgwick as a CIA-trained detective, was seen by more than 7 million viewers in its debut, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That’s a gigantic hit in the cable world, and not bad for the summer by broadcast standards, either. Nothing ABC showed that Monday night had a bigger audience, and Fox and NBC only had one show each that did better.

TNT has given its audience plenty of chances to see the Steven Spielberg miniseries “Into the West,” playing new episodes each Friday at 8 p.m., then repeating it at the same time Saturdays and Sundays. Add those three nights together, and 11.3 million people saw it last week.

While it’s not truly a fair comparison – some viewers may have watched multiple times – that kind of showing would have placed it fourth on Nielsen’s list of the most-watched broadcast programs last week.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was again the week’s most popular program. Even though fans haven’t seemed to care much about the National Basketball Association finals, the three prime-time games helped ABC place first among the youthful viewers advertisers seek.

CBS was still the most popular network among all viewers, primarily because its repeats fare better than most of its rivals.

The Ashton Kutcher-produced reality show “Beauty and the Geek” was the WB’s most-watched show, and earned an order for a second season. It beat ABC’s “The Scholar.”

For the week, CBS averaged 7.8 million viewers (5.4, 10), ABC had 6.9 million (4.6, 9), NBC 6.1 million (4.4, 8), Fox 4.9 million (3.2, 6), UPN 2.6 million (1.7, 3), the WB 2.3 million (1.6, 3) and Pax TV 590,000 (0.4, 1).

NBC’s “Nightly News” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.9 million viewers (5.8, 13). ABC’s “World News Tonight” had 7.7 million viewers (5.4, 12) and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.6 million (4.8, 10).

A ratings point represents 1,096,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 109.6 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of June 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships:

1. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 15.7 million

2. NBA Finals Game 5: San Antonio at Detroit, ABC, 13.1 million

3. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 12.4 million

4. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 11.3 million

5. NBA Finals Game 4: San Antonio at Detroit, ABC, 10.9 million

6. “Without a Trace,” CBS, 10.9 million

7. NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio vs. Detroit, ABC, 10.6 million

8. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 10.6 million

9. Movie: “Twelve Mile Road,” CBS, 9.9 million

10. “Law & Order,” NBC, 9.6 million.


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