So what are you watching when Dancing with the Stars isn't on? Probably TNT. The cable network topped rerun-laden broadcasters UPN and WB in viewers aged 18 to 49 during the month of June. Overall, TNT was the most-watched cable network for the month with all viewers, averaging 3.3 million, and with the coveted 18-to-49 crowd.
Monday-night cop drama The Closer, which stars Kyra Sedgwick, is now the most-watched original series on cable. Steven Spielberg's Into the West ranks next, just edging USA's sci-fi hit The 4400.
Here's a look at what's hot and what's not on cable this summer:
Rescue Me: Game 6 of the NBA finals dinged the second-season opener of the FX firehouse drama. It scored 2.9 million, down 21 percent from its premiere of 4 million last summer, but the audience level was on par with what the show was doing throughout last season.
The Closer: The TNT hit has settled in at 5.4 million viewers on Monday night, after opening with 7.5 million two weeks ago.
Into the West: The premiere scored 6.5 million, but last week the miniseries dropped down to 4.1 million. Judging from the ratings among men 50-plus, your dad is probably watching it.
The 4400: The USA hit is averaging 4.6 million so far this year, down 26 percent from last year, when it had a huge premiere and faced a lot less competition by opening its season in July.
The Dead Zone: USA's other sci-fi series is averaging 3.5 million viewers, up 17 percent thanks to a boost from The 4400's lead-in audience.
Family Guy: The show's renaissance on Fox is bringing viewers over to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. Last week three Family Guy episodes were in the Top 20 most-watched cable shows, the highest of which ranked No. 11 with 3.6 million viewers.On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
: The Fox News anchor and legal expert has been all over the story of Natalee Hollaway
, the Alabama teenager missing in Aruba, and viewers are flocking to her 10 pm show for updates. On the Record
averaged 1.8 million viewers, up 45 percent from a year ago. Last week On the Record
was the top-rated show with viewers 25 to 54, putting it ahead of Fox News powerhouse The O'Reilly Factor
The Situation with Tucker Carlson
: A tough start for MSNBC's new entry, with the bow-tied conservative commentator averaging just 214,000 viewers since its June 13 debut. MSNBC's audience for the hour is down 24 percent from a year ago. Maybe Carlson should have old buddy Jon Stewart
on as a guest.