If you’re a Spectrum cable subscriber trying to watch something on the USA Network, you need to know where to look. Frustratingly, the exact channel number will vary quite drastically depending on where you are located in the United States. There is no one single channel number for all Spectrum users to rely on from coast to coast. Consult the table below to find your nearest major city, then pinpoint the USA channel from there.
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USA Channel Guide
|City and State||USA Channel on Spectrum|
|Corpus Christi, TX||47|
|El Paso, TX||38|
|Kansas City, MO||39|
|Long Beach, CA||60|
|Los Angeles, CA||58|
|New York, NY||16|
|San Antonio, TX||31|
|San Diego, CA||34|
|St. Louis, MO||28|
The History of the USA Network
The USA Network originated in 1977 under a very different name: the Madison Square Garden Sports Network. The network’s original intent was exactly what you might presume based on a highly specific name like that. It focused on airing live sports events and programs centered around Madison Square Garden in New York City. It wasn’t until 1980 that the channel rebranded to the USA Network name we know today.
As the ‘80s gave way to the ‘90s, the USA Network continued to evolve from a sports-centric channel to a broader, more generalized source of entertainment. Piece by piece, the USA Network became a place viewers could turn to for original programming, hit films, and syndicated TV shows from other networks. In the 2000s, USA gained even greater popularity with its hit originals Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice — the motivation behind its iconic slogan “Characters Welcome.”
Throughout the ‘10s, the USA Network slowly shifted away from original comedies and put an increased focus on original dramas instead. Mr. Robot was undoubtedly the most successful of the bunch, earning critical and commercial success as well as numerous major awards throughout its four-season run. Today, the USA Network has far fewer originals than in years past. Despite this, it remains a popular network and a key asset of the NBCUniversal brand.
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USA Network Programming
Programming on the USA Network looks a lot different today than it did even just a few years ago. Nevertheless, the channel continues to air an array of scripted and unscripted series, live sporting events, movies, and syndicated broadcasts. USA might be a little light on original shows compared to years past, but some stragglers remain within its programming blocks. Let’s take a look at what you might find on USA on an average day.
While USA’s slate of original scripted series was once expansive and thriving, it has now dwindled down to just one series: Chucky. A continuation of the popular horror-comedy film franchise, Chucky has aired on both USA and Syfy since 2021.
Despite Chucky‘s success, it remains to be seen if the USA Network can regain its former status as a home for great scripted shows. Many of USA’s most popular and critically acclaimed originals — The Sinner, Mr. Robot, Suits, Burn Notice, Psych, and more — have since ended or been canceled.
As far as unscripted series are concerned, USA still has plenty to offer. From documentary miniseries to reality shows, the channel’s weekly programming blocks include plenty of original unscripted content to choose from.
Miz & Mrs. is the longest-running (on the air since 2018). It’s a spin-off of Total Divas, which ran for years on sister network E! until its cancelation in 2019. Other popular unscripted originals include Temptation Island and Barmageddon.
As a sister station of NBC, the USA Network airs all kinds of sporting events throughout the year. Golf, college basketball, NASCAR, soccer, racing, WWE… no matter your favorite sport, its big games have probably aired on the station at some point.
The channel even gets Olympic games — both summer and winter editions. Every four years during the global competition, NBC allocates daytime events to USA while reserving primetime events for itself. The same goes for the World Figure Skating Championships, which also air on USA and NBC.
Occasionally, USA Network will play a contemporary blockbuster or two to fill a space amidst all its other programming. Recent examples include The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Olympus Has Fallen, Angel Has Fallen, and Dolittle.
After unscripted originals and sporting events, syndicated broadcasts are the other most important part of the USA Network’s daily programming. From Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to NCIS and Chicago P.D. to Chicago Fire, the station is almost always playing some classic scripted crime drama in between other programming blocks throughout the day. The channel also syndicates the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing.