TBS ‘Powers’ past USA to top cable ratings

3.3 mil viewers make pic highest rated this year

NEW YORK — “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” is still showing plenty of mass-audience potency three years after its release, scoring a 4.2 primetime rating in cable homes on TBS this past Sunday, its cable premiere.

The rating starting at 8 p.m. translated into 3.3 million households, making “Powers” the highest-rated theatrical movie on basic cable year to date, and propelling TBS to a rare first-place primetime finish: It edged out USA for the week of May 29-June 4.

Both TBS and USA averaged an overall 2.2 rating in primetime for the week, but because TBS reaches more cable homes, it finished with 1,779,000 households, on average, to USA’s 1,755,000.

“Powers” also ranked first for the year among all theatricals in adults 18-to-49 and adults 25-to-54.

And the second TBS run of “Powers,” immediately following the first, averaged a gaudy 3.2 rating in cable homes, putting that cablecast in fifth place among all basic-cable programs for the week in the three categories of households, adults 18-to-49 and adults 25-to-54.

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