- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

USA tops on cable

USA Network closed out yet another week as the king of ad-supported cable, averaging 2.66 million total viewers in prime time and laying claim to the three most-watched programs on cable for the week ended Feb. 4, MediaWeek.com reports.

To date, USA has won every weekly ratings battle this year, thanks in large part to its ever-reliable Monday night wrestling showcase, “WWE Raw.” On Monday, USA drew 5.6 million viewers in the second hour (10 p.m.) of “Raw,” while 5.2 million grappling fans tuned in for the 9 p.m. installment. “Monk” also racked up solid numbers on Friday night, serving up 5.16 million viewers.

The network also won the adults 18-to-49 demographic, averaging 1.1 million viewers in the category, and also outdelivered all networks among adults ages 25 to 54 (1.1 million).

The non-ad-supported Disney Channel came in second among all cable networks with 2.2 million viewers in prime time. It also claimed the demographic for youngsters between 6 and 11 (946,000) and among ‘tweens ages 9 to 11.

TNT finished second among ad-supported networks, with 2.1 million viewers, and placed third in the adults 18-to-49 category, averaging 887,000 viewers.

‘Office’ temp hired

At least one of the transfers from Stamford will be sticking around “The Office” a while longer.

Ed Helms, who has had a recurring part on the Emmy-winning NBC comedy this season, has been bumped up to a series regular for the remainder of the year, Zap2it.com reports. That would seem to indicate that his character, Andy Bernard, is more or less a permanent fixture in the Scranton, Pa., office of the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin.

Mr. Helms and Rashida Jones — who plays co-worker Karen Filippelli — moved to the Scranton office from Stamford, Conn., along with three others when the two branches merged in a November episode. The others have since quit or been fired, leaving Andy and Karen as the only remaining Stamfordites.

After the last original “Office” two weeks ago, there was some question whether Andy would last another week, let alone the rest of the year, after he flipped out and punched a hole in the wall following a prank by Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer). An online-only coda to the episode revealed he was told to attend anger-management classes.

Mr. Helms was a 2002-06 correspondent for “The Daily Show,” working with “Office” star Steve Carell for part of that time. He’ll also co-star with Mr. Carell in the feature film “Evan Almighty,” which arrives in theaters in June.

Bud ditches his Mrs.

“Married With Children” actor David Faustino wants to be unmarried.

The 32-year-old, who played Budrick “Bud” Bundy on the popular Fox sitcom, filed for divorce Monday from his wife of two years, Andrea Elmer Faustino, according to papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Mr. Faustino cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, Associated Press reports.

The two married in January 2004 and have been separated since May, according to the court papers. They have no children.

“Married With Children” — which also starred Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate and Katey Sagal — ran on the Fox network from 1987 to 1997.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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