TNT Squeaks Out Weekly Ratings Win

Turner Network Television eased past TBS and Disney Channel to win last week’s primetime ratings race.

The drama network averaged a 2.1 household rating mark June 7-13, according to an ABC Cable Networks Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data, just ahead of the 2.0 marks posted by sister network TBS and kids’ and teen service Disney.

USA Network ranked fourth with a 1.9, while Nickelodeon was fifth at a 1.8.

Nick at Nite and Fox News Channel -- the latter of which benefited from viewers tuning in its coverage of the funeral of Ronald Reagan and analysis of the former president’s legacy -- were next, both at a 1.7.

The ratings for Nick and Nick at Nite reflect nine and 12 hours of programming in primetime, respectively, versus 21 for other services. Beginning with its April month, Nielsen began rating Nick and its spinoff as separate services, even though they share the same channel space.

Rounding out last week’s top 10: MTV: Music Television with a 1.6, Cartoon Network at a 1.5 and Lifetime Television with a 1.3.

Gauged on a 24-hour basis, Nick was first with a 1.8. NAN placed second at a 1.3, while Cartoon and TNT each scored a 1.2 and Disney a 1.1.

Fox News claimed seven of the top 20 shows for the week, including three of the top four for its Reagan coverage. The highest-rated segment, an 8.0 household mark, came between 10 p.m.-11 p.m. (EST) June 11, when the funeral proceedings culminated at the Reagan Library. The 10 minutes after posted a 7.6, while the hour before averaged a 6.9.

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards averaged a 7.5 from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. June 10.

Disney Channel’s original telepic, Zenon Z3, was the highest-rated film of the week, averaging a 3.4 from 8 p.m.-9:40 p.m. June 11 for a share of ninth overall.