FX and MTV Gained Bundles of Viewers in 2011


USA dominated prime-time basic cable for the sixth straight year in 2011, but FX and MTV both saw noteworthy bumps. FX enjoyed a 21 percent viewership boost and finished at No. 9 thanks to new shows like American Horror Story and Wilfred; MTV saw its second annual double-digit percentage skyrocket owing to Jersey Shore and Teen Mom. Also sporting big gains were History Channel (purveyor of Pawn Stars, Ice Road Truckers, and American Pickers) with 21 percent and SyFy (home to Paranormal Witness) with 11 percent.