The Most-Watched Cable Network Loses Ground — Here’s the Top 10 for 2013

Jan 3, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The basic cable network that has been the most-watched for years remained at No. 1 on the list for 2013 despite losing viewers. Deadline.com reports that USA Network ended 2013 as the No. 1 basic cable network in total viewers, but its prime-time viewership slipped 8%.

It was the eighth consecutive year for USA at No. 1 for prime time, reports B&C. USA Network averaged 2.68 million viewers for the year, down from 2.92 million in 2012.

Many of the other top 10 cable networks posted viewer gains last year, including A&E, FX and AMC, the Deadline piece notes. Disney Channel placed second, with 2.44 million viewers in 2013, down 2% from the year before. ESPN, which lost 6% of its audience, was in third place, with 2.21 million viewers, down from 2.34 million, the piece adds.

Here’s the top 10 for 2013 with average total prime-time viewers, based on Nielsen Media Research figures, along with the percent change from 2012:

1. USA: 2.680 million, -8%
2. Disney: 2.438 million, -2%
3. ESPN: 2.210 million, -6%
4. History: 2.114 million, -2%
5. TNT: 2.070 million, -5%
6. TBS: 2.014 million, -3%
7. Fox News: 1.785 million, -13%
8. A&E: 1.781 million, +9%
9. FX: 1.466 million, +4%
10. AMC: 1.382 million, +18%

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