Ratings Race: Live Programming Puts MTV and ESPN on Top

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The primetime ratings race between TBS and USA was interrupted this week by live programming from MTV and ESPN. MTV's annual VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS and its fanfare pushed MTV up to a number one finish among ad-supported cable networks on the adult 18-34 and adult 18-49 demos for the week. ESPN's  NFL Pre-Season coverage gave the sports net a win on the adult 25-54 demo. The network with the biggest total average (2+) primetime audience for the week was Nickelodeon.

After missing first place by fractions last week, A&E remained in the top 10, but dropped a few places as audiences for DUCK DYNASTY settled down in the second week of season four. AMC's average primetime ratings fell vs. last week, even though its star program, BREAKING BAD, held ratings.

Use the sort features on the table to create your own ranks, and check here for last week's report.

All Ad-Supported Cable Networks Primetime Average

<p>Media Selection</p><p>A18-34 Rtg</p><p>A18-34 Rank</p><p>A18-49 Rtg</p><p>A18-49 Rank</p><p>A25-54 Rtg</p><p>A25-54 Rank</p><p>P2+ Avg Aud (000)</p><p>P2+ Avg Aud Rank</p>

MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION

1.3

1

1.0

1

0.8

4

1947

6

ESPN

0.7

5

0.8

2

0.9

1

2246

3

TBS NETWORK

0.8

2

0.8

3

0.8

3

1737

8

USA NETWORK

0.7

4

0.7

4

0.8

2

2621

2

A&E NETWORK

0.5

6

0.6

5

0.7

5

1831

7

HISTORY

0.4

8

0.6

6

0.7

6

2089

5

ADULT SWIM

0.7

3

0.5

7

0.4

19

1250

11

TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION

0.3

16

0.5

8

0.6

7

2201

4

NICKELODEON

0.5

7

0.5

9

0.4

13

2873

1

FX

0.4

12

0.4

10

0.4

16

1028

18

TLC

0.4

15

0.4

11

0.5

8

1240

12

SPIKE TV

0.4

13

0.4

12

0.4

10

994

19

AMC

0.4

14

0.4

13

0.4

12

1084

16

BRAVO

0.3

18

0.4

14

0.4

10

872

23

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

0.3

23

0.4

15

0.4

9

944

22

LIFETIME TELEVISION

0.3

20

0.4

16

0.4

15

1142

15

VH1

0.4

11

0.4

16

0.3

20

725

28

ABC FAMILY

0.4

9

0.4

18

0.3

22

986

21

HOME AND GARDEN TV

0.2

27

0.3

19

0.4

14

1329

10

SYFY

0.3

22

0.3

19

0.4

18

987

20

FOOD NETWORK

0.3

26

0.3

21

0.4

17

1038

17

COMEDY CENTRAL

0.4

10

0.3

22

0.3

26

632

31

NICK-AT-NITE

0.3

17

0.3

23

0.3

24

1208

13

TRUTV

0.3

24

0.3

24

0.3

21

851

24

E!

0.3

19

0.3

25

0.3

25

598

32

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV

0.3

21

0.3

26

0.3

23

736

26

THE CARTOON NETWORK

0.3

25

0.2

27

0.2

32

1154

14

ANIMAL PLANET

0.2

30

0.2

28

0.2

28

689

29

INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY

0.1

35

0.2

29

0.3

27

648

30

OXYGEN MEDIA

0.2

28

0.2

30

0.2

37

425

40

LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK

0.1

32

0.2

31

0.2

33

580

33

OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

0.1

38

0.2

31

0.2

31

573

34

TRAVEL CHANNEL

0.1

39

0.2

33

0.2

34

438

38

TV LAND

0.1

37

0.2

34

0.2

29

777

25

NFL NETWORK

0.1

31

0.2

35

0.2

36

384

42

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL

0.1

34

0.1

36

0.2

35

401

41

FOX NEWS CHANNEL

0.1

50

0.1

37

0.2

30

1453

9

MTV2

0.2

29

0.1

38

0.1

54

278

51

CMT

0.1

36

0.1

39

0.1

40

328

46

ESPN2

0.1

41

0.1

40

0.1

39

487

36

NICK JR

0.1

33

0.1

41

0.1

47

442

37

MSNBC

0.1

42

0.1

42

0.1

38

527

35

H2

0.1

46

0.1

43

0.1

41

316

48

WE:WOMENS ENTERTAINMENT

0.1

40

0.1

44

0.1

43

319

47

HALLMARK CHANNEL

0.0

58

0.1

45

0.1

42

730

27

TV ONE

0.1

44

0.1

46

0.1

49

184

64

GALAVISION

0.1

43

0.1

47

0.1

49

195

60

BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL

0.1

52

0.1

48

0.1

45

240

54

BBC-AMERICA

0.1

47

0.1

49

0.1

45

233

55

SCIENCE

0.1

50

0.1

50

0.1

48

278

51

CABLE NEWS NETWORK

0.1

55

0.1

51

0.1

44

432

39

STYLE

0.1

45

0.1

52

0.1

51

191

61

DIY NETWORK

0.1

53

0.1

53

0.1

52

230

56

MLB NETWORK

0.1

55

0.1

54

0.1

55

196

59

GSN

0.1

48

0.1

55

0.1

56

354

44

DESTINATION AMERICA

0.0

68

0.1

56

0.1

57

175

66

DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL

0.0

59

0.1

56

0.1

63

119

80

HLN

0.0

72

0.1

56

0.1

53

301

49

G4

0.1

53

0.1

59

0.1

60

164

68

INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL

0.1

57

0.1

60

0.1

58

161

70

FOX SPORTS 1

0.0

71

0.1

61

0.1

60

157

71

NAT GEO WILD

0.0

78

0.1

61

0.1

60

181

65

DISNEY XD

0.0

59

0.1

63

0.0

71

382

43

THE HUB

0.0

65

0.1

64

0.1

66

218

57

WGN AMERICA

0.0

61

0.1

64

0.1

65

206

58

NICKTOONS

0.1

49

0.1

66

0.0

84

275

53

SPROUT

0.0

61

0.0

67

0.0

75

186

63

FX MOVIE CHANNEL

0.0

63

0.0

68

0.1

69

128

79

MUN2 CABLE

0.0

65

0.0

69

0.0

77

94

85

TVGN

0.0

72

0.0

69

0.0

71

139

76

INSP

0.0

82

0.0

71

0.1

59

331

45

VELOCITY

0.0

82

0.0

71

0.1

66

148

75

ESPNEWS

0.0

67

0.0

73

0.0

76

93

86

NBC SPORTS NETWORK

0.0

77

0.0

73

0.0

73

96

84

DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH

0.0

63

0.0

75

0.0

85

117

82

CNBC

0.0

75

0.0

76

0.0

70

151

73

COOKING CHANNEL

0.0

84

0.0

76

0.0

73

118

81

THE WEATHER CHANNEL

0.0

86

0.0

76

0.1

64

190

62

MILITARY CHANNEL

0.0

84

0.0

79

0.1

68

167

67

UP

0.0

78

0.0

80

0.0

79

156

72

CHILLER

0.0

92

0.0

81

0.0

80

86

87

REELZCHANNEL

0.0

86

0.0

81

0.0

77

149

74

CENTRIC

0.0

78

0.0

83

0.0

86

78

88

ESPNU

0.0

75

0.0

83

0.0

90

63

91

LOGO

0.0

74

0.0

83

0.0

87

74

89

TEENNICK

0.0

69

0.0

86

0.0

94

164

68

FUSE

0.0

70

0.0

87

0.0

89

60

92

SOAPNET

0.0

86

0.0

88

0.0

81

134

77

GOLF CHANNEL

0.0

86

0.0

89

0.0

82

132

78

GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY

0.0

86

0.0

90

0.0

91

71

90

NBA-TV

0.0

78

0.0

90

0.0

88

60

92

HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL

0.0

94

0.0

92

0.0

82

285

50

VH1 CLASSIC

0.0

93

0.0

93

0.0

93

48

95

FOX DEPORTES

0.0

91

0.0

94

0.0

95

30

98

CLOO

0.0

94

0.0

95

0.0

92

53

94

FOX SOCCER

0.0

97

0.0

96

0.0

96

32

97

FOX SPORTS 2

0.0

98

0.0

97

0.0

97

19

99

TR3S

0.0

94

0.0

98

0.0

101

17

101

AL JAZEERA AMERICA

0.0

100

0.0

99

0.0

99

18

100

RFD-TV

0.0

98

0.0

100

0.0

98

112

83

FOX BUSINESS NETWORK

0.0

101

0.0

101

0.0

99

40

96

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