Oracle Team Usa Extends America’s Cup One More Day

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New Zealand could use some good fortune as the screws of the sailing-mad country of 4.4 million tighten around Barker and his crew. The Kiwis have seen three mid-race leads called off, including on Friday when were on their way to a comfortable cup-clinching victory but could not complete the course under the 40-minute time limit. If they cannot pull of one of the next three races, they will go down as having squandered the biggest lead in 162 years of America’s Cup racing. In fact, no team has ever won six consecutive races in the oldest ongoing international competition, which dates to 1851. New Zealand teams in 1995 and 2000 and Switzerland’s Alinghi in 2003 all won five races in a row which in each case was enough to win. This year’s edition is best-of-17. The aggressive Spithill deflected talk of protesting the two-race penalty, a question that accrued added importance as Oracle has closed the gap. “We’re sailors,” he said. “We’re athletes. We’re not about the politics and all that sort of stuff. Life is not fair sometimes.” He said all the adversity of the past few months had made his team stronger. “For us we know we can win this cup if we win the next few races,” he said.

USA is the #1 Cable Network for an Unprecedented 29th Consecutive Quarter

USA was the #1 ad-supported cable network for the eighth third quarter in a row among P18-49 (1.12 million, +13% more than #2 TBS), P25-54 (1.16 million, +22% more than #2 TBS) and total viewers (2.97 million, +18% more than #2 DSNY) for 3Q13. USA also delivered the quarters top P18-34 audience (554,000, +3% more than #2 TBS). 3Q13 marks the 29th consecutive quarter that USA has been the #1 ad-supported cable entertainment network in total viewers. USA’s win was driven by the network’s powerful slate of originals Suits , Burn Notice , GRACELAND, Royal Pains , Covert Affairs and Necessary Roughness each averaging over 3 million total viewers, 1.5 million P25-54, 1 million P18-49 and half a million P18-34, as well as the mighty WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW and the most-watched off-net series on cable, NCIS and LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit . Freshman drama GRACELAND was one of the top new scripted shows on cable in P18-49 for the summer, as well as televisions top scripted series with original episodes Thursdays in P18-34. When the show aired on Thursdays at 10pm, USA was behind only ABC and NBC in all of television in delivering P18-49, P25-54 and P18-34 as well as being the most watched network on cable in total viewers. The Emmy-award nominated drama Burn Notice had USAs second most watched series finale ever (only behind MONK), among P18-49, P25-54 and total viewers. WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW continued to dominate in 3Q13 averaging over 2 million in the demos and nearly 4.5 million total viewers. NCIS and LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit were the top two acquired dramas in prime this summer and the only ones to deliver over 2 million total viewers ( NCIS 2.59 million / SVU 2.08 million) as well as being the #1 acquired dramas for P18-49 (649,000 / 783,000), P25-54 (775,000 / 756,000) and P18-34 (279,000 / 443,000). USAs fourth quarter brings the season five premiere of White Collar on its new night and time, Thursday, October 17 at 9/8, as well as the final six episodes of Covert Affairs season four, also on its new night and time at 10/9c. On Friday, November 1, just in time for the holidays, the reality series event IT TAKES A CHOIR premieres, hosted by the dapper and charismatic British sensation Gareth Malone. And on Sunday, December 15, a holiday treat that fans of the hit show Psych have been highly anticipating, a special two-hour Psych : THE MUSICAL. Note: Data reflect time period data with the most current combination of Live+7 (7/1-9/8), Live+3 (9/9-9/18) and Live+SD (9/19-9/21); program data are the most current combination of Live+7 (7/1-9/8) and Live+SD (9/9-9/19). Exception: Burn Notice 2nd best series finale claim LS. Follow TV by the Numbers on Twitter , Facebook , Tumblr or RSS for all the latest.