[image=http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f34/vidal1980/1207947041340.jpg] Last weekend Spike aired the cable premiere of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. This weekend, the saga continues with Episode IV - A New Hope tonight, Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday and Episode VI - Return of the Jedi on Sunday. There is much to be learned both from and about Star Wars ? and Spike is here to help. To that end, always remember that if your sister hangs out with you and your friends, odds are she'll hook up with one of them. Plan accordingly. [image=http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f34/vidal1980/starwarslogo.jpg] Spike Gets Bump From Star Wars According to Nielsen Media Research data, for the week ended April 13 Spike averaged 2.21 million total viewers in prime. Anthony Crupi APRIL 15, 2008 - Spike TV?s second Star Wars marathon helped push the network into the upper reaches of the cable ratings hierarchy, as the trilogy of old-school titles averaged 3.37 million viewers over the weekend. According to Nielsen Media Research data, for the week ended April 13 Spike averaged 2.21 million total viewers in prime time, enough to claim second place among all ad-supported cable nets. The delivery represents a 38 percent increase over Spike?s first-quarter average (1.36 million). Spike also took one of the three top demos, winning the battle for adults 18-49 with just under 1.2 million viewers, while claiming second among 25-54s (1.17 million) and 18-34s (544,000). As was the case the prior week, Spike?s ratings growth was fueled by ?droids, Wookies and Boba Fett. In reverse chronological order, on Sunday night, Spike scared up 4.12 million viewers and 2.41 million adults 18-48 with its premiere of Star Wars: Episode VI (Return of the Jedi); the night before, the net averaged 3.48 million viewers and 1.94 million adults 18-49, thanks to its screening of Star Wars: Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back). Meanwhile, on Friday night Spike drew 2.5 million viewers with the movie that launched the franchise, Star Wars: Episode IV (A New Hope). The first Star Wars flick also averaged 1.41 million adults 18-49 in the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. time slot. Although Spike had originally acquired the rights to the six movies in the Star Wars saga some three years ago, the network?s premiere window opened only recently. On the weekend of April 4-6, Spike programmed the latter three Star Wars releases, notching the series? best number with the network premiere of Star Wars: Episode III (Revenge of the Sith), which averaged 4.24 million viewers two Sundays ago. While Spike enjoyed its surge, the status quo held sway almost everywhere else, as USA Network continued its winning ways with a first-place average of 2.56 million viewers in prime, while taking the 25-54 demo with an average delivery of 1.18 million. Third place went to TNT (1.99 million), which was followed in turn by Lifetime (1.93 million) and TBS (1.89 million). And while TBS was pushed to the margins of the top five, the Turner network once again outshone the competition in the 18-34 demo, averaging a cable-best 661,000 viewers. The top-rated program on ad-supported cable last week was the April 11 installment of Nickelodeon?s SpongeBob SquarePants, which averaged 6.14 million viewers Friday night at 8 p.m. Other stalwarts were: Lifetime?s original movie The Memory Keeper?s Daughter (5.82 million); Rock of Love 2, which lured 5.03 million viewers to VH1 Sunday night; and USA?s WWE Raw (4.7 million Monday night between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.). Among all basic cable nets, non-ad-supported Disney Channel once again closed out the week in second place, averaging 2.28 million total viewers in prime. The Mouse continued to make mincemeat out of the competition, winning the kids 6-11 demo with just under 1 million viewers, better than twice the number posted by its nearest rival. Much the same held true among ?tweens 9-14, as Disney took first place with 775,000 viewers in the target demo.