USA Network Pins Down Weekly Ratings Win


 USA Network, on the steady strength of its WWE Entertainment programming, bodyslammed all basic cable networks in last week's ratings race.
The "Characters Welcome" network averaged a 2.3 primetime household rating to take top honors during the week of Feb. 1 through Feb. 7, according to Nielsen. Fox News averaged a 1.9 rating for second place, with Disney Channel following in third with a 1.6 rating. TNT (1.5 rating); Nick At Nite (1.3 rating); TBS and A&E (tied with a 1.2 rating); and ESPN, HGTV, History, and Cartoon Network (all tied with a 1.1 rating) rounded out the top 10.
USA Network and Nickelodeon shows dominated the top 10 most-watched shows for the week, led by USA's Feb. 1 WWE Monday Night Raw show hosted by actor William Shatner. Raw  averaged 5.56 million viewers during the 10 p.m. to 11:15 time period topping all basic cable shows. Three episodes of Spongebob Squarepants helped Nickelodeon place its kids-targeted shows in seven of the top 10 slots, according to Nielsen.

Top 10 Most Watched Shows For The Week*:

1. 2/1       WWE Monday Night Raw (10 - 11:13 p.m.)            USA                              5.56 Million
2. 2/6       Spongebob Squarepants                                          Nickelodeon               5.51 Million
3. 2/6       Penguins Of Madagascar                                          Nickelodeon               5.15 Million
4. 2/1       WWE Monday Night Raw (8 - 10 p.m.)                    USA                              5.01 Million
5. 2/5       iCarly                                                                             Nickelodeon                4.83 Million
6. 2/6       Spongebob Squarepants                                         Nickelodeon                4.52 Million
7. 2/1       NCIS                                                                              USA                              4.45 Million
8. 2/6       iCarly                                                                             Nickelodeon                4.45 Million
9. 2/6       Spongebob Squarepants                                         Nickelodeon                4.27 Million
10. 2/6     Fanboy and Chum-chum                                         Nickelodeon                 4.27 Million
* - Week of Feb. 1 to Feb. 7
Source: Disney-ABC Television Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research