|Launched||16 October 2006|
|Owned by||Viacom International Media Networks Europe|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)|
0.09% (+1) (April 2015 , BARB)
Five.3 (working title)
Five USA (2009–2011)
|Timeshift service||5USA +1|
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|
|Sky Go||Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK 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 available on Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat, Freeview and IPTV.
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.
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.
- Longmire (2013–present)
- Cedar Cove (2014–present)
- Law & Order (2014–present)1
- Chicago PD (2014–present)
- The Mysteries of Laura (2015–present)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006–present)
- NCIS (2007–present)
- The Mentalist (2009–present)
- Person of Interest (2013–present)
- Archer (2013–present)2
- Castle (2014–present)
- NCIS: Los Angeles (2014–present)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2014–present)3
- Gotham (2014–present)
- NCIS: New Orleans (2014-present)
- 30 Rock (2006–2008)
- Happy Days (2006–2008)
- The Fall Guy (2006–2009)
- Mission: Impossible (2006–2008)
- CSI: Miami (2006–2013)4
- CSI: NY (2006–2014)4
- Whacked Out Sports (2006–2008)
- NASCAR (2006–2009)
- NBA (2006–2009)
- NFL including Super Bowl (2006–2009)
- NHRA Powerade Drag Series (2006–2009)
- The Unit (2006–2009)
- Conviction (2006)
- Pros vs. Joes (2006–2010)
- Sex and the City (2006–2011)
- My Name is Earl (2006–2009)4
- IndyCar Series (2006–2009)
- Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006)
- NUMB3RS (2006–2011)
- David Beckham's Soccer USA (2007)
- Joey (2007)
- Vanished (2007)
- House (2007)
- Everybody Hates Chris (2007–2008)
- The Nine (2007)
- Killer Instinct (2007)
- Shark (2007–2009)
- Medical Investigation (2007–2008)
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2010)4
- Pimp My Ride (2009)
- The Beast (2009)
- The Shield (2009)
- The Guardian (2009)
- Sons of Anarchy (2009–2013)
- Blade (2010)
- Human Target (2010–2011)
- Dark Blue (2010–2011)
- Justified (2010–2013)4
- Breaking Bad (2011)
- True Justice (2011–2012)4
- Chuck (2012–2013)4
- Body of Proof (2013–2014)4
- Dallas (2014)
- Ironside (2014)
- Betrayal (2014)
- Played (2014)
- ^1 Season nine through fourteen were aired first-run on Channel 5. From the eighteenth season, 5USA obtained the first-run rights to the series.
- ^2 Season one through three and the first two episodes of the fourth season were aired first-run on 5*. From the third episode of season four, 5USA obtained the first-run rights to the series.
- ^3 Universal Channel has first-run rights to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the United Kingdom, as of 2014. Universal Channel is currently airing the sixteenth season. Channel 5 had second-run rights to all seasons, up until the twelfth season. From the thirteenth season, aired in 2015, 5USA has second-run rights to the series.
- ^4 5USA has finished airing episodes to this first-run or second-run series and is currently rerunning episodes in their schedules, as of 2015.
- "Television Broadcast Licensing Update October 2006". Ofcom.
- "Five launches Five US and Five Life". Channel 5. 25 August 2006.
- Joanne Oatts (5 July 2007). "Five launches +1 services". Digital Spy.
- Dietrich Jeffreys (11 December 2008). "Five US to be Rebranded.". The Three Rs.
- "New brand identity for Five US". Digital Spy. 22 January 2009.