Cable dominated the Monday night TV landscape with seven shows drawing more than 6 million viewers.
History led the charge as the net featured a crossover event that tied three of their top programs together. With personalities from “American Pickers,” “American Restoration” and “Pawn Stars” working together to purchase and restore a 1957 Chevy, the cabler had one of its best nights ever.
“Pawn Stars” garnered the biggest aud as 7.5 million tuned in during the last 30 minutes of a two-hour 8-10 p.m. window. “Restoration” scored well with 6.7 million viewers and “Pickers” landed 6.3 million.
For the timeslot, History averaged 6.7 million viewers and 3.1 million in the 25-54 demo.
Tops in the 18-49 demo for the night was ESPN’s coverage of the pre-All Star Game “Home Run Derby.” Contest attracted 6.6 million total viewers, up slightly from last year’s exhibition Three-hour telecast was also dominant in all male demos.
TNT debuted the season premieres of “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” The latter, which launched a year ago and was one of the biggest cable hits in 2010, opened its second season to 6.3 million total viewers, slightly down from its series debut.
Kyra Sedgwick starrer “The Closer,” which began its seventh and last season, reached 7.2 million overall viewers and a healthy 2.4 million viewers in the 25-54 demo.
Though its viewer totals weren’t as high, “Alphas” had a winning start Monday on Syfy. The most-watched series debut on the cabler since 2009, “Alphas” attracted 2.5 million viewers.
Immediately following “Alphas,” the season-three premiere of “Warehouse 13” drew 2.3 million.