With no ESPN and TNT NBA playoffs coverage to contend with, Disney Channel earned top honors as the most watched cable network in primetime last week, according to Nielsen.
Disney, on the strength of the 5.6 million viewers that tuned into its June 15 original musical film Let It Shine, averaged 2.8 million viewers during the week of June 11 to June 17, according to a Disney-ABC Television Group analysis of Nielsen data.
TNT, which boasted the most watched show of the week with the premiere of Dallas, finished second with 2.6 million viewers. USA Network pulled into third place with 2.6 million viewers, followed by History with 2.3 million viewers and Fox News with 1.6 million watchers.
A&E (1.6 million viewers); TBS (1.5 million); Fx (1.29 million), ESPN (1.26 million) and Food Network (1.25 million) rounded out the top 10.
Disney also finished first on a total day basis, besting Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and TNT in that order. Disney also dominated the kids category, topping Nickelodeon among key kids 2 to 11 and 6 to 11 demos, according to Nielsen.
USA Network and its WWE Monday Night Raw live wrestling series were the top network and program choices respectively among adults 18-49, while USA Network and MTV's Teen Mom 4 captured more 18-34 viewers last week.
Most Watched Shows For The Week*
1 6/13/2012 Dallas TNT 6.8 million
2 6/15/2012 Let It Shine Disney Channel 5.6 million
3 6/11/2012 Pawn Stars History 5.6 million
4 6/11/2012 Pawn Stars History 5.5 million
5 6/17/2012 Sprint Cup Racing/Michigan TNT 5.2 million
6 6/12/2012 Rizzoli & Isles TNT 5.1 million
7 6/11/2012 WWE Entertainment USA 5.0 million
8 6/11/2012 WWE Entertainment USA 4.8 million
9 6/11/2012 American Pickers History 4.8 million
11 6/17/2012 Falling Skies TNT 4.4 million
*week of 6/11 to 6/17