TNT, USA Tie for Top

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Turner Network Television and USA Network, bolstered by a record performance for the hit original detective series Monk, tied for first in the primetime-ratings race from Jan. 26-Feb. 1, finishing just ahead of Nickelodeon.

The drama network and USA both averaged a 2.1 during the span, according to an ABC Cable Networks Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data, while the kids' kingpin notched a 2.0.

Lifetime Television was fourth with a 1.7, TBS Superstation fifth with a 1.6 and Disney Channel sixth at a 1.5. Cartoon Network was seventh with a 1.3. MTV: Music Television, A&E Network and Fox News Channel rounded out the top 10, each with a 1.2 mark.

Gauged on a total-day basis, Nick was a runaway first-place winner with a 1.7 from Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. TNT and Disney were knotted in second with a 1.2 apiece.

Lifetime was next at 1.1, while Cartoon, TBS and USA each posted a 1.0.

As for the top shows, USA's Monk ranked No. 1, garnering a 4.7 on Jan. 30. That topped the show's previous best, the 4.6 household mark it set on Jan. 16, USA officials said. The Jan. 30 premiere also posted record ratings among adults aged 25 to 54 (3.7) and 18 to 49 (2.7), the network said.

MTV's Jan 27 installment of The Real World finished second with a 4.2.

Spike TV's coverage of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. fare, installments of Nick's SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents, TNT's Law & Order and Discovery Channel's American Chopper rounded out the top 10 shows, according to the ABC Cable Networks Group analysis.

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