For the second week in a row USA and HGTV finished cable’s weekly ratings race ended in a virtual tie, according to Nielsen.
USA Network and HGTV each drew 1.6 million viewers during the week of June 8 to June 14 to top all cable networks, said Nielsen. USA, HGTV, Disney Channel and Fox News all tied for the top spot last week, which officially ushered in the summer ratings season.
Disney Channel finished third with 1.5 million viewers, followed by Fox News Network and TNT, which finished in a tie with 1.4 million viewers.
TBS and History finished in a tie for sixth, followed by Discovery (1.2 million viewers). NBC Sports Network, on the strength of its NHL Stanley Cup finals coverage, skated to a tie with Syfy (both with 1.1 million viewers) to round out the top 10.
Disney Channel was the top choice for viewers on a 24-hour basis, averaging 1.2 million viewers. Fellow kids-and young adult-targeted networks Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Nickelodeon tied for second with 1.1 million watchers.
HBO’s Game Of Thrones season five finale was the most watched show during the week, averaging 8.1 million viewers. Live sports events and sports entertainment programming from NBCSN, USA and Fox Sports 1 held seven of the top 10 positions among the most watched shows of the week, according to Nielsen.
Most Watched Shows For The Week of June 8 – 14
6/14 Game of Thrones HBO 8.1 million
6/8 Major Crimes TNT 3.9 million
6/10 NHL Stanley Cup Finals NBCSN 3.9 million
6/8 NHL Stanley Cup Finals NBCSN 3.8 million
6/8 WWE Entertainment (8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) USA 3.6 million
6/8 WWE Entertainment (10 p.m. to 11:14 p.m.) USA 3.6 million
6/12 Alaskan Bush People Discovery 3.6 million
6/8 WWE Entertainment (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.) USA 3.6 million
6/14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing FS1 3.5 million
6/8 FIFA Women’s World Cup FS1 3.3 million