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“Royal Pains,” “Hawthorne” get healthy ratings and Atlanta’s top radio songs

Last week was pretty dead in terms of big shows. Only four programs even drew 200,000 viewers in Atlanta. (”American Idol,” in comparison, would regularly draw 600K-plus a week.)

A sign of the season: goofy game show “Wipeout” was No. 1 in Atlanta by a huge margin, bringing home 323,000 fans June 15. The top cable show in Atlanta was “The Closer” with 194,000 viewers.

The big summer cable hit of the summer is clearly the new USA show “Royal Pains.” It was the top show of the week in cable, bringing in 6.5 million, virtually the same as week two. (In Atlanta, “Royal Pains” did not make the top 30 shows of the week.)

In cable land, Atlanta-based TNT’s new Tuesday lineup had mixed results. The Mark Burnett reality show “Wedding Day” crashed at 853,000 viewers for its opening day. Jada Pinkett-Smith’s “Hawthorne” followed with a respectable 3.8 million last Tuesday. Locally, the show brought in 174,000 viewers. And Holly Hunter’s “Saving Grace” season debut held most of “Hawthorne’s” audience with 3.5 million (and 152,000 in Atlanta). “Saving Grace” opened a year ago at a much higher 5.2 million but it had “The Closer” as its opener.

And good news for “Hawthorne” and TNT: viewers stuck around this past Tuesday for the second episode, with ratings holding at 3.8 million.

“The Closer,” in the meantime, is trending behind last year, though its 6.47 million viewers June 15 was a drop of only about 8 percent from the 7.06 million for the comparable episode a year ago. And while retention for “Raising the Bar” after “The Closer” remains relatively poor, viewership (at 3.45 million) was about the same as the week before, so that’s good news.

Among other holdover summer shows, Lifetime’s “Army Wives” is down a bit, USA’s “Burn Notice” is way up and Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” is holding steady.

Top 20 shows of the week in primetime in Atlanta
1. Wipeout, ABC, June 17, 323,000
2. So You Think You Can Dance (results), Fox, June 18, 239,000
3. So You Think You Can Dance (performance), Fox, June 17, 223,000
4. NASCAR post-race show, TNT, June 21, 215,000
5. The Closer, TNT, June 15, 194,000
6. The Bachelorette, ABC, June 15, 186,000
7. Braves-Red Sox game, Peachtree TV, June 19, 184,000
8. House (repeat), Fox, June 16, 180,000
9. Army Wives, Lifetime, June 21, 177,000
10. Hawthorne, TNT, June 16, 174,000
11. (tie) I Survived a Japanese Game Show, ABC, June 17, 171,000
11. (tie) Sprint Cup race, TNT, June 21, 171,000
13. Meet the Browns, TBS, June 17, 170,000
14. Meet the Browns, TBS, June 17, 168,000
15. Mental, Fox, June 16, 166,000
16. CSI (repeat), CBS, June 18, 164,000
17. NCIS (repeat), CBS, June 16, 156,000
18. Here Come the Newlyweds, ABC, June 15, 154,000
19. Saving Grace, TNT, June 16, 152,000
20. The Mentalist (repeat), CBS, June 16, 152,000
SOURCE: Nielsen Media

Top 5 songs on Kicks 101.5 over the past week, courtesy of yes.com
1. Darius Rucker – Alright (video below)
2. Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
3. Kenny Chesney - Out Last Night
4. Dierks Bentley – Sideways
5. Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is

Top 5 songs on 94.9/The Bull
1. Dierks Bentley – Sideways
2. Brad Paisley - Then
3. Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
4. Kellie Pickler – Best Days of Your Life
5. Jason Michael Carroll - Where I’m From

Top 5 songs on South 107.1 in Rome
1. Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
2. Brad Paisley – Then
3. Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl
4. Dierks Bentley - Sideways
5. Kenny Chesney – Out Last Night

Top 5 songs on Dave Fm
1. Green Day – 21 Guns
2. Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
3. U2 – Magnificent
4. Coldplay – Life in Technicolor
5. Dave Matthews Band - Funny The Way It Is

Top 5 songs on Project 9-6-1
1. Theory of a Deadman – Hate My Life
2. Mudvayne – Do What You Do
3. The Offspring – You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
4. Papa Roach – Lifeline
5. Nickelback – Something in Your Mouth

Top 5 songs on Rock 100.5
1. Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
2. O.A.R. - This Town
3. Gomez – Airstream Driver
4. Charlie Mars – Gather the Horses
5. James Morrison – Nothing Ever Hurt Like You (below)

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