USA Regains Ratings Crown7/20/2010 3:19 PM Eastern
USA Network finished all alone atop the cable ratings chart a week after sharing first place with Disney Channel.
USA averaged 3.2 million viewers for the week of July 12 to July 18, besting Disney Channel's 3.0 million viewers. TNT, on the heels of the record-breaking performance of its new drama series Rizzoli and Isles, finished third with 2.6 million viewers, followed by Fox News with 1.9 million watchers.
TBS and ESPN (1.8 million viewers); Discovery Channel (1.6 million); History (1.5 million); and Family Channel and Nick At Nite (1.4 million) rounded out the top 10, according to an Disney-ABC Television Group analysis of Nielsen data.
Discovery's July 13 installment of its reality series Deadliest Catch -- which featured the final episode of the late Capt. Phil Harris - was the most watched show for the week in all major viewers demos and averaging 8.5 million total viewers, according to Turner Research analysis of Nielsen data. TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, which drew the most viewers ever for a cable ad-supported scripted series with 7.5 million viewers, finished third for the week.
Top 10 Most Watched Shows For The Week*:
Date Show Network Viewers
7/13/10 Deadliest Catch Discovery 8.5 million
7/12/10 The Closer TNT 7.6 million
7/12/10 Rizzoli & Isles TNT 7.5 million
7/13/10 After The Crash Discovery 6.8 million
7/12/10 2010 Home Run Derby ESPN 6.4 million
7/18/10 Sonny With A Chance Disney 6.1 million
7/15/10 Burn Notice USA 5.6 million
7/18/10 Hannah Montana Forever Disney 5.3 million
7/15/10 Royal Pains USA 5.1 million
7/12/10 Pawn Stars History 5.1 million
*Week of July 12 to July 18
Source: Source: Disney-ABC Television Group analysis of Nielsen data.