New York -- Basic cable averaged a 23.7 national rating for
the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, tying cable's best primetime performance ever,
according to Turner Broadcasting System Inc. research from Nielsen Media Research figures.
According to TBS, basic cable's ratings rose 25
percent from the same week a year ago, and they are up 12 percent for the broadcast season
to date. TBS also said the Big Four broadcast networks' ratings for the week of Jan.
26 were down 11 percent from a year ago, and they have dropped 6 percent this season.
USA Network won the week with a 2.7 rating in primetime,
followed by a resurgent TBS Superstation at 2.3, and Turner Network Television and
Nickelodeon, each at 2.0. The Monica Lewinsky story and the possible pending war with Iraq
also pumped Cable News Network to a 1.9 rating. For total day, Nick won with a 1.7,
followed by TBS at 1.2 and USA at 1.1.
FX drew a record-setting 4.2 average Nielsen rating in its
universe for its Feb. 1 carriage of the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the
network said. The telecast also delivered a 3.0 adults 18-to-49 rating, another FX record,
and it helped FX to a 1.4 rating that week.
As usual, wrestling and Nick's Rugrats
dominated the week, as TNT's World Championship Wrestling took the top two slots,
with a 4.9 and 4.8. A rerun of Comedy Central's South Park was third, at 4.7.