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Launched 16 October 2006 (2006-10-16)
Owned by Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd
(Viacom International Media Networks Europe)
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)
Audience share 0.90
0.09% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Formerly called Five US (2006–2009)[1]
Five USA (2009–2011)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service 5USA +1
Website www.channel5.com/5usa
Freeview Channel 21
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
FilmOn Watch live
Sky Go Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

5USA is a British multi-platform entertainment television channel. owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe. It is a sister channel of Channel 5 and 5Star. 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 owner at the time) as part of their multi-channel strategy, the first being Five Life (now 5Star). 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. On 1 November 2015, the channel extended its hours again and began broadcasting from 07:00 until 03:00. The channel changes its programme slots and shows from time to time. 5USA is available on Sky, Virgin Media, 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.[3] On 22 January 2009, it was announced that Five US would be rebranded to "Five USA" on 16 February.[4] The channel rebranded for a second time as "5USA" on 7 March 2011.[5]

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 programming




Series that on/off repeat older episodes on the channel.

Former programming

Previous logos


  • ^1 Series nine through fourteen were aired first-run on Channel 5. From the eighteenth series, 5USA obtained the first-run rights to the series.
  • ^2 Series one through three and the first two episodes of the fourth series were aired first-run on 5Star. From the third episode of series 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 series. Channel 5 had second-run rights to all series, up until the twelfth series. From the thirteenth series, 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.


  1. "Television Broadcast Licensing Update October 2006". Ofcom.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Five launches Five US and Five Life". Channel 5. 25 August 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Joanne Oatts (5 July 2007). "Five launches +1 services". Digital Spy.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Dietrich Jeffreys (11 December 2008). "Five US to be Rebranded". The Three Rs.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "New brand identity for Five US". Digital Spy. 22 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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