– The pre-sale code for WWE’s return show to Birmingham, Alabama on October 22 is VIPER. The pre-sale begins today.
– USA Network issued a press release claiming an eighth consecutive summer TV ratings victory on cable TV. USA touted the performance of several of their key shows, however WWE Raw was not mentioned. Here is the press release:
USA IS THE #1 CABLE NETWORK FOR THE 8TH CONSECUTIVE SUMMER
USA Boasts Four of the Top Ten Dramas Across All Cable
Freshman Series Graceland is One Of Summer’s Top New Cable Dramas
NEW YORK – August 21, 2013 – For an unprecedented 8th year in a row, USA is summer’s #1 network in cable in total viewers (2.91 million), P25-54 (1.13 million) and P18-49 (1.07 million). USA was home to four of the summer’s top ten scripted series including newcomer GRACELAND, as well as Burn Notice, SUITS, and Royal Pains.
Freshman drama GRACELAND, about the adrenaline-fueled world of a diverse group of undercover agents whose lies are their lives, was one of the summer’s top new scripted series on cable. It attracted 3.85 million total viewers, 1.70 million P25-54, 1.65 million and P18-49. GRACELAND registered particularly high double-digit growth in L7 lifts of +85% P18-49, +83% P25-54 +83% P18-34 and +71% in P2+ on average season-to-date. The season finale is set for Thursday, September 12 at 10/9c.
The final season of Burn Notice continued to dominate in ratings. The Emmy-Award nominated drama drew 5.14 million total viewers, 2.13 million P25-54 and 1.94 million P18-49. The series finale is slated for Thursday, September 12 at 9/8c.
Fan favorites SUITS and Royal Pains consistently performed on cable’s top ten list. The third season of SUITS, about one of Manhattan’s top lawyers who hires a brilliant unmotivated college dropout, reached 4.07 million total viewers, 1.73 million P25-54 and 1.83 million P18-49. In its fifth season, Royal Pains, about a ‘go to doctor for hire’ in the Hamptons, garnered 4.97 million total viewers, 1.79 million P25-54 and 1.57 million P18-49.
Fresh off a successful summer, USA breaks into the fall season with a powerful programming lineup, including NCIS: LOS ANGELES on September 23 and Modern Family on September 24. Hit original dramas White Collar and Covert Affairs also return on Thursday, October 17 at 9/8c and 10/9c, respectively. Additionally, USA introduces the special holiday season reality event, IT TAKES A CHOIR, on Sundays, beginning November 3 at 8/7c. The show follows the charming Gareth Malone as he unites unlikely groups of characters through the transformative power of music. And, the long-awaited two-hour special PSYCH: THE MUSICAL premieres Sunday, December 15 at 8/7c, following Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) as they dive into a world that’s equal parts mystery and melody to track down an escaped playwright mad man.
About USA Network
The #1 network in all of basic cable for seven consecutive years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events. Viewers come to USA to find television’s best in critically-acclaimed and award-winning original programming, such as Burn Notice, Royal Pains, White Collar, Covert Affairs, PSYCH, SUITS, Necessary Roughness and WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW, as well as the highest-rated acquired originals, including HOUSE, NCIS, LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit and CSI. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
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