5USA is a British free-to-air television channel. It is owned by Viacom and is a sister channel of Channel 5, 5Spike, 5Star and 5Select. It was launched on 16 October 2006 as Five US and was the second digital terrestrial television 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 4:00pm to 01:00am, however it extended its hours starting at 12:00pm in June 2007. On 1 November 2015, the channel extended its hours again and began broadcasting from 7:00am until 3:00am. The channel changes its programme slots and shows from time to time.

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.[2] On 22 January 2009, it was announced that Five US would be rebranded to "Five USA" on 16 February.[3] The channel rebranded for a second time as "5USA" on 7 March 2011.[4]

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 10:00pm and 11:00pm 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.

5USA logo
Launched16 October 2006
NetworkChannel 5
Owned byViacom International Media Networks
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Audience share0.89%
0.07% (+1) (September 2018, BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Formerly calledFive US (2006–09)[1]
Five USA (2009–11)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service5USA +1
FreeviewChannel 21
Channel 57 (+1)
FreesatChannel 129
Channel 130 (+1)
Sky (UK only)Channel 141
Channel 169 (Scotland only)
Channel 241 (+1)
Channel 269 (+1) (Scotland only)
Astra 2G10964 H 22000 5/6
10964 H 22000 5/6 (+1)
Virgin MediaChannel 153
Channel 185 (+1)
WightFibreChannel 16
Streaming media
FilmOnWatch live
Sky GoWatch live
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Current programming



  • NCIS (2007–present)
  • The Mentalist (2009–present)
  • Longmire (2013–present)
  • Castle (2014–present)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2014–present)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2014–present)3
  • Gotham (2014–present)
  • NCIS: New Orleans (2015–present)
  • Rookie Blue (2015–present)
  • CSI: Cyber (2015–2016)
  • Chicago Fire (2016–present)
  • Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2016)
  • Law & Order: LA (2017–present)
  • Bull (2017–present)
  • Chicago Justice (2018)
  • Grimm (2018)
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2018)
  • Perception (2019–present)
  • Gone (2019–present)


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

  • Columbo - Complete Series
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Series
  • CSI: Miami - Complete Series
  • CSI: NY - Complete Series
  • CSI Cyber - Series 1
  • Diagnosis: Murder - Complete Series.
  • Law & Order - Series 7-20
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Series 4-14
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Series 8-10
  • NCIS - Series 1-12
  • NCIS: Los Angeles - Series 1-5
  • NCIS: New Orleans - Series 1-3
  • Person of Interest - Series 1-5

Former programming


Five US
Five US logo
(16 October 2006 - 16 February 2009)
Five USA
Five USA logo
(16 February 2009 - 7 March 2011)
Channel 5 USA
First 5USA logo
(7 March 2011 - 11 February 2016)
5USA logo
5USA logo
(11 February 2016 – present)


  • ^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. Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  2. ^ Joanne Oatts (5 July 2007). "Five launches +1 services". Digital Spy.
  3. ^ "Five US Rebranded to FiveUSA". Entertainment Interactive.
  4. ^ "New brand identity for Five US". Digital Spy. 22 January 2009.

External links


5Star is a British free-to-air television channel owned by Viacom. It is a sister channel of Channel 5, 5Spike, 5USA and 5Select. It originally launched as the female-oriented Five Life on 15 October 2006, and was rebranded as Fiver on 28 April 2008 with a revised version of the same concept. The channel later re-branded as 5* on 7 March 2011, and later to its current name on 11 February 2016.

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