USA WINS MOST-WATCHED SUMMER EVER FOR A CABLE NETWORK
USA's Summer 2011 in Press Prime was the Most-Watched Summer ever for a Cable Network Averaging 3.7 million Total Viewers
USA owns the Three Highest Cable Summers of All Time for Total Viewers, P18-49 and P25-54 from 2009-2011
NEW YORK – September 15, 2011 – USA once again broke records this summer with more total viewers and households tuning in than any network on cable during any summer ever. With a record seven series on the air and launching two new series, USA delivered +3% more P25-54, +4% more P18-49, +6% P18-34, +2% more total viewers and +2% more households this year over last summer.
USA shined above every cable competitor as the only network to deliver over 1.5 million P25-54 (1.52 million, 35% over #2 TNT) and 3 million total viewers (3.67 million, 33% over #2 Disney Channel), or 2 million households (2.78 million, 41% over #2 TNT) and one of only two nets to draw over 1 million P18-49 (1.40 million, 39% over #2 History Channel) or half a million P18-34 (594,000, second only to MTV). USA was the only basic cable network to earn a household coverage rating over a 2.0 this summer, as well (2.76, +0.79 over #2 TNT).
USA was the house of hits this summer with seven original series each averaging over 2 million in P25-54, 1.5 million in P18-49, half a million in P18-34 and 5 million total viewers and 4 million households. Further, most of these titles have over 2.5 million in P25-54, 2.5 million in P18-49, 1 million in P18-34, 6 million total viewers and 4.5 million households.
USA's summer slate of hits easily outshines the mixed performances of originals on either TNT or History Channel, averaging 2.9 million in P25-54, 2.66 million in P18-49, 1.14 million in P18-34, 6.34 million total viewers and 4.75 million households.
Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness were the only original series on cable Wednesday nights this summer to deliver over 7 million total viewers (RP 7.21 million / NR 5.85 million) or 4 million households (RP 5.38 million / NR 4.45 million). No other network aired a scripted series on television Wednesdays this summer to over 2 million in P25-54 (3.30 million / 2.64 million), 2 million in P18-49 (2.99 million / 2.40 million), or 1 million in P18-34 (1.24 million / 918,000).
In the Wednesday 9pm timeslot, when the network aired Royal Pains, USA was the #1 network in all of television in P18-49, F18-49, and F25-54 delivery, coming in second only to NBC among P25-54 and to CBS for total viewers P2+ and households.
Necessary Roughness grew from its series premiere to its second week in all key demos, a rare feat for a scripted series. "When it ran Necessary Roughness Wednesdays at 10pm this summer, USA was the #1 network in all of television in P18-49, F18-49, and F25-54 delivery, coming in second only to NBC among P25-54 and to CBS for total viewers and households.
Burn Notice and Suits were the top two scripted series on television Thursdays this summer among P25-54 (BN 3.26 million / Suits 3 million), P18-49 (3.01 million / 2.87 million), P18-34 (1.33 million / 1.33 million), total viewers (7.10 million / 6.4 million), and households (5.19 million / 4.8 million). These were the #2 and #3 scripted originals on television this summer in all of television for M18-49 and M25-54.
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