USA channels Friday win; 'Monk' tops


USA Network's combination of obsessive-compulsive detective "Monk" and fake-psychic series "Psych" kicked off the second halves of their current seasons with solid performances Friday night.

"Monk," officially debuting the second half of its fifth season after two recent special episodes, averaged 5.2 million total viewers from 9-10 p.m., slightly higher than the Season 5 premiere tally of 5.1 million in July, according to Nielsen Media Research. The episode was the most-watched basic cable program in primetime Friday among total viewers, adults 18-49 (1.7 million) and adults 25-54 (2.2 million).

"Psych" averaged 3.8 million total viewers from 10-11 p.m. Friday. The show's series premiere in July drew 6.1 million total viewers, with its season-to-date average now at slightly more than 5 million. Friday's episode was the most-watched show in basic cable that night among adults 18-34 (600,000).

Following "Monk" and "Psych," the second episode of Disney Channel's "Cory in the House" at 8:30 p.m. Friday ranked as the No. 3 cable program of the day in total viewers (3.7 million). It also came in as Friday's top program in the target demos of kids 6-11 (1.7 million) and tweens 9-14 (1.8 million).

In other cable ratings, "The Wire" is averaging nearly 700,000 total viewers on BET after two 90-minute airings. The off-HBO acquisition debuted at 9 p.m. Jan. 11, with 601,000 total viewers, while a second episode the following week built on that figure, drawing 793,000 total viewers.

However, the 697,000 average total viewership for the two episodes is off from the 1.02 million average for the time period a year ago (which included a combination of acquired comedy "Girlfriends" and miniseries "The Corner," original series "Beef" and a repeat of the BET Awards).