SBJ/January 9 - 15, 2006/Media

Top cable networks of 2005

TNT posted the highest coverage-area rating of all cable networks for prime-time programming in 2005. Its 2.2 average was up 5 percent from 2004. ESPN’s 1.6 average was flat with 2004. Nickelodeon ranked first for 2005 for total-day programming average rating.

Prime time programming

Rank Network Avg. rating (change from '04) No. of HHs (000s)
1 TNT 2.2 (+5%) 1,963
2 USA Network 2.0 (+5%) 1,774
3 Disney Channel 1.9 (+12%) 1,614
4 Nickelodeon 1.7 (+6%) 1,505
5 Lifetime 1.6 (0%) 1,426
6 ESPN 1.6 (0%) 1,395
7 Fox News Channel 1.6 (+7%) 1,376
8 Cartoon Network 1.5 (0%) 1,305
9 TBS 1.4 (0%) 1,277
10 Spike TV 1.3 (+30%) 1,116

Total-day programming

Rank Network Avg. rating* No. of HHs (000s)
1 Nickelodeon 1.8 1,634
2 TNT 1.2 1,081
3 Cartoon Network 1.2 1,031
4 Disney Channel 1.1 989
5 Lifetime 1.0 894
6 USA 1.0 871
7 Fox News Channel 0.9 798
8 TBS 0.9 788
9 ESPN 0.7 655
10 MTV 0.6 568

* Comparisons to 2004 were not available at presstime. Source: Nielsen Media Research

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