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USA Crowned Top Cable Network for Fifth Year, NBC Beefs Up Streaming Offerings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 21st 2010 11:10AM
Matt Bomer, White CollarUSA Network is on fire -- for the fifth year in a row. The cable channel was tops among viewers 18-49, 25-54 and overall viewers.

According to Variety, returning shows 'Royal Pains,' 'Burn Notice' and 'White Collar' helped elevate the network above the strong competition.

'Royal Pains' grabbed an average of 7.3 million total viewers and 3.09 million in the 18-49 demographic. 'Burn Notice' had 6.59 million viewers and 'White Collar' had 5.37 million. New series 'Covert Affairs' averaged 7.05 million viewers with 2.96 million in the 18-49 demographic.

In other TV news ...

'Survivor' ratings have hit a series low. The finale started with 17.2 million viewers but dropped to 13.3 million. In the 18-49 demographic the series pulled in 4.1 million, 7 percent below last fall's finale. [TV Guide]

Katie Couric and CBS News are discussing a pay cut and expanded role for the anchor. Couric's party and CBS reportedly both agreed Couric must take a pay cut in order to stay at the network. Besides hosting 'CBS Evening News,' Couric also does assignments for '60 Minutes.' [Hollywood Reporter]

NBC is posting entire fall runs of episodes online. The network has beefed up its website and Hulu with episodes of 'The Event,' 'Parenthood,' 'Outsourced' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Episodes of 'The Office' and '30 Rock' will also be streamed through the end of year, but in five-episode chunks. [Variety]

Brandy will appear on Fox's New Year's Eve show. The 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant will act as a special correspondent for 'New Year's Eve Live,' hosted by Nancy O'Dell. [TV Guide]

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diane

My God even on Christmas you people on either side
or in the middle have so much hate in you. Grow up
and learn to be considerate of each other.

December 25 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dean

There is no such thing as a real news channel anymore as all are biased one way or the other.They are nothing more than tabloid television .

December 25 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carla

How about NCIS?? love to watch it, same for LAW and Order...

December 25 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Englert

It is amazing that USA can be so successful and the parent network, NBC, so pathetic. NBC once was a powerhouse. USA has variety and new exciting series with interesting characters and NBC has one night of comedy, four nights of World Biggest Loser, with a couple of Law & Order SVU episodes sprinkled in. Maybe they should swap programming staffs.

December 25 2010 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CAROL

60% of the nation??? LMAO! Sure! More BS! Fox has two milion viewers. That is hardly 60% of the nation. BTW, we have over 350, 000, 000 people in the U.S. Most get their news from varying sources, including online. Only old people, watch "just the news" on TV anymore.

December 25 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CAROL

60% of the nation??? LMAO! Sure! More BS! Fox has two milion viewers. That is hardly 60% of the nation. BTW, we have over 350, 000, 000 people in the U.S. Most get their news from varying sources, including online. Only old people, watch "just the news" on TV anymore.

December 25 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CAROL

Fake Fox News should be called Fake Fox B.S.!!! That is what it is. No fact's just garbage and plenty of hatred! I do believe Hannity is the DEVIL. I have never seen anyone as miserable or so full of hate, as much as he. Beck is insane! So, there's an excuse for him. I am waiting for the day he has a huge meltdown. I am sure it will be soon!
Now, The Ed Show, & Hardball, are great! Mainly because they have fact's, and both sides of any story. The Daily Show & Colbert, are great entertainment! And the Daily Show, had a serious show the other day, with the Firemen on that were dying from being rescuer's in 911. Of course, Fake Fox never mentioned that story. WHY? Because the Repukes filerbusted the bill that would help them. What a bunch of phonies and heartless jerks. BUT, The President got it passed anyway!! In fact, the President did a great job during this Lame Duck session. Merry Christmas Mr. President!! And to your family too! Hope you are enjoying your self!

December 25 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alli

If one truly wants a unbiased news source you cant just watch one channel. Every channel puts their own spin on it to serve the demographic and background of the people they want to attract. You need to research and decide on your own who is telling the truth and who isnt, and you cannot get that from watching just one channel. One needs to think on their own, make your own decisions on who or what to believe. Don't let anyone dictate what you HAVE to believe or what you HAVE to agree on. This country was built on differing opinions and the freedom to be able to voice them without any retribution or retaliation for having a differing few from others.

December 25 2010 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Stevenson

My local newspaper ran a survey and asked 2 questions.What cable news do you watch.Fox News won scoring 50%.Then they asked the second question,do you believe Fox News lies to its viewers,they won again scoring a whopping 90%,so people may be watching Fox but most dont believe or trust in them!

December 25 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jerry@msn.com

I am so pleased to be among those who voted FOX positavly, it is far and balanced. I also noticed that in the above coments FOX is tops.

December 25 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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CAROL

Now this is hilarious! The Right Wingers can't even spell! Maybe because none of thenm have passed the eigth grade? lol News ? On Fox? Sure! That's not News, that's a made up joke! And 60%? Hardly! This country is 65% Middle, or left. NOT Right. Get your fact's right! Oh, that's right you get them from Fox, no wonder!
Check this out, from a right winger....
"FOX positavly, it is far and balanced"...lol

December 25 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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