via press release:
A&E is wrapping up the best year in the network's history among all key demographics, including adults 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. This achievement will mark an astonishing sixth straight year of growth among the key adults 18-49 and 25-54 demographics for the twenty-five year-old network.
Among all entertainment cable networks in 2009, A&E ranks number 4 in adults 25-54, number 5 in adults 18-49 and number 5 in total viewers (up from number 6 in 2008). With just a week left in the year, A&E is averaging 1.4 million total viewers in prime, up 8% over 2008. A&E has also out-delivered 2008 impressions among adults 25-54 (703,000) and 18-49 (671,000), in 2009.
"2009 was marked by the strong performance of A&E's unparalleled slate of original programming," said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E and BIO. "It has truly been an outstanding year for the network with strong growth in a very competitive landscape. Our exceptional performance in 2009 was fueled by the introduction of new hit series ' ' and 'Steven Seagal Lawman,' as well as the strength of our established franchises such as 'Intervention,' ' ,' ' ' and ' ,' giving us great momentum heading into 2010."
In just five short years, A&E has risen 6 spots in adults 25-54 (from #10 to #4), 7 spots among total viewers (from #12 to #5) and an amazing 10 notches in adults 18-49 (from #15 to #5). Among the target demo of adults 25-54, A&E has finished among cable's top ten networks for 41 consecutive months.
For the month of December 2009, A&E is up 36% among total viewers (1.9 million), 31% among adults 25-54 (926,000) and 29% among adults 18-49 (874,000), versus December 2008, marking the best month ever in the network's history. A&E is also poised for the best quarter in network history among total viewers (1.6 million) and adults 25-54 (753,000), for the fourth quarter of 2009.
In 2009 A&E was again recognized for its excellence in programming, this time receiving the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Reality Program for the hit series "Intervention."