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Channel 5 USA.svg
Launched 16 October 2006 (2006-10-16)
Owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)
Audience share 1.0%
0.1% (+1) (September 2014 (2014-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Formerly called

Five.3 (working title)[1]

Five US (2006–2009)
Five USA (2009–2011)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service 5USA +1
Website Channel5.com/5usa
Freeview Channel 31
Freesat Channel 129
Channel 130 (+1)
Sky (UK only) Channel 174
Channel 219 (+1)
Astra 2F 10964 H 22000 5/6
10964 H 22000 5/6 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 153
Channel 154 (+1)
Smallworld Cable Channel 143
WightFibre Channel 16
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)
Sky Go Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)

5USA is an entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe. It is a sister channel of Channel 5 and 5*. It was launched on 16 October 2006 as Five US and was the second digital channel in the UK to be launched by RTL Group (the former owner) as part of their multi-channel strategy, the first being Five Life (now 5*). 5USA concentrates on showing imported movies and programmes from the United States. The channel's original broadcast hours were from 16:00 to 01:00, however it extended its hours starting at 12:00 in June 2007. The channel changes its programme slots and shows from time to time. 5USA is shown on Sky, Digital Cable, Freesat, Freeview and IPTV.[2]

British comedian Russell Kane was the 'face of the channel', presenting short clips between some programmes which acted as space fillers to comply with advertising regulations in the UK (UK regulation allows fewer minutes of advertising than in the US) until 16 February 2009. The music used during the idents until February 2009 was "The Dress Looks Nice on You!" and "Jacksonville" by Sufjan Stevens.

On 28 August 2007, Five US launched a timeshift channel named Five US +1 available only on Sky. On 22 January 2009, it was announced that Five US would be rebranded to "Five USA" on 16 February. The channel rebranded for a second time as "5USA" on 7 March 2011.[3][4][5][6]

Former Five USA logo.

The channel's highest ratings to date were on 12 February 2008 for the second part of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace crossover. The show averaged 2.580 million viewers between 22:00 and 23:00 equating to a multichannel share of 13.9%. Those numbers made the show the most-watched multichannel programme in its slot - beating every other channel (digital and analogue) aside from BBC One, and is currently one of the highest ratings for a multichannel in the United Kingdom.


Current shows[edit]

Not imported[edit]

  • Access


5USA airs a number of first-run imported drama series in addition to screening repeats of popular Channel 5 shows.

First run shows[edit]
Programme Premiere Broadcast
Status Current series
UK premiere rights; Series 1 - present.[7] Off air Finished
Cedar Cove
UK premiere rights; Series 1 - present.[8] Off air Finished Series 1
UK premiere rights; Series 1 - present.[9] Off air Finished
UK premiere rights; Series 1 - present.[10] Off air Finished Series 1
Chicago PD
UK Premiere Rights; Series 1 - Present.[11] Off air Finished Series 1
Second run shows[edit]
After Channel 5/5* airing[edit]
From Other Channels[edit]

Former shows[edit]


  1. ^ "Television Broadcast Licensing Update October 2006". Ofcom. 
  2. ^ "Five launches Five US and Five Life". Channel 5. 25 August 2006. 
  3. ^ Joanne Oatts (5 July 2007). "Five launches +1 services". Digital Spy. 
  4. ^ Dietrich Jeffreys (11 December 2008). "Five US to be Rebranded.". The Three Rs. 
  5. ^ "New brand identity for Five US". Digital Spy. 22 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Alex Fletcher (11 February 2011). "Illusion show heads up Channel 5 season". Digital Spy. 
  7. ^ "5USA Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘Betrayal’". TVWise.co.uk. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "5USA Acquires UK Rights To Hallmark’s ‘Cedar Cove’, Sets Premiere For February 9th". TVWise.co.uk. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "5USA Acquires UK Rights To NBC’s ‘Ironside’ Reboot". TVWise.co.uk. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Channel 5 Acquires UK Rights To Canadian Drama Series ‘Played’". TVWise.co.uk. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Chicago PD to air on 5USA in the UK from July". DigitalSpy.co.uk. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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