2011 has been a terrific year for one cable channel, which has seen its ratings soar and is wrapping up the year as one of the top five cable networks.
The channel is History, which has been riding a wave of success with hit shows such as "Pawn Stars" and "Top Gear,” reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
"No one even calls it ‘the Hitler channel’ anymore," the story points out.
The network is the top-ranked nonfiction network in key demographics and the No. 2 network with men, following ESPN, the story notes. Among the top five cable networks, History was the only one to show an improvement in ratings with viewers 25 to 54 and 18 to 49, the story adds.
The channel is now No. 2 in prime time among men 18-49 and No. 5 in adults 18-49, the story reports.
Among the other shows that have contributed to the ratings surge for History are “Ax Men,” “American Restoration” and “Ice Road Truckers.” The channel has also succeeded with specials and miniseries, including “Vietnam in HD” and “Targeting Bin Laden.”