USA On Top of Cable Ratings for 2013

Paul January 2, 2014 0

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As cable continues to rise to compete with network TV more and more these days, it’s important to look at who’s on top of the cable ratings. Deadline has just unveiled the Nielsen numbers of the top cable networks of the year, and USA is still on top, despite an eight percent drop over last year. Here’s the list for reference:

1. USA: 2.680, -8%
2. Disney: 2.438, -2%
3. ESPN: 2.210, -6%
4. History: 2.114, -2%
5. TNT: 2.070, -5%
6. TBS: 2.014, -3%
7. Fox News: 1.785, -13%
8. A&E: 1.781, +9%
9. FX: 1.466, +4%
10. AMC: 1.382, +18%
11. Discovery: 1.361, +5%
12. Home&Garden: 1.274, +7%
13. Lifetime: 1.270, +7%
14. Adult Swim: 1.230, +3%
15. ABC Family: 1.222, -11%
16. Syfy: 1.192, -8%
17. Food Network: 1.122, -7%
18. Nick at Nite: 1.091, +25%
19. TLC: 1.059, -2%
20. Bravo: 0.999, +6%

As you can see, there are big gains for networks like AMC with Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. I can’t explain Nick at Nite’s 25% jump, but I’m assuming they got some attractive new reruns this year.

Fox News is down 13% as we get further and further away from an election, but they still make the list while CNN and MSNBC don’t.

I really am curious as to why USA is on top. I would maybe understand it in their Monk heyday, but now? I just didn’t realize their programming was still that attractive. Are White Collar, Suits and Royal Pains really drawing in those kind of numbers? Shows what I know, I guess. But it is on the decline.

[Photo via David Giesbrecht/USA Network]