|Launched||15 April 2015|
|Owned by||Viacom International Media Networks|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
(June 2019 , BARB)
|Slogan||Live it like Spike|
|Formerly called||Spike (2015-17)|
|Timeshift service||5Spike +1|
|Sky (UK only)||Channel 150|
Channel 250 (+1)
|Astra 2G||10964 H 22000 5/6|
10964 H 22000 5/6 (+1)
|Virgin Media||Channel 154|
|TVPlayer||Watch live (UK only)|
5Spike is a British free-to-air television channel owned by Viacom. Launching on 15 April 2015 on Freeview, it is a multiplex channel of Channel 5 and localised version of the American channel Spike (now Paramount Network). It primarily airs entertainment programs including action and drama series, police documentaries, programming from its U.S. counterpart, and mixed martial arts.
Following Viacom's acquisition of Channel 5, it was reported that a local version of the male skewing U.S. channel Spike would be launching in the United Kingdom. These reports were confirmed in late 2014, with the channel proposed to replace Viva on Freeview. The channel is operated under the auspices of Channel 5's programming director Ben Frow; of Spike's lineup, he described the service as a "driven, high-energy channel offering a point of view and programme mix I think is different from anything else on British TV right now."
Spike launched on 15 April 2015 on Freeview channel 31, displacing 5 USA; although it was originally announced that Spike would replace Viva entirely on Freeview, Viva was instead moved to a different channel and reduced to two hours per-day to conserve bandwidth for Spike, with 5 USA taking on its previous channel allotment. Among its first programmes, the premiere of Police Interceptors Unleashed was seen by 137,000 viewers.
On 31 October 2017, Spike was rebranded as 5Spike to closer associate itself with its sister channels.
The channel's lineup draws primarily from the original programmes produced by its U.S counterpart, including Bar Rescue, Catch a Contractor, and Lip Sync Battle among others. The channel also airs imported U.S dramas, from modern dramas such as Breaking Bad (notably marking the first time the entire series would be broadcast by British television; only the first two seasons were shown by Fox and 5 USA, with the remainder available via Netflix), Sons of Anarchy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Walking Dead, to classic shows such as The X-Files, The A-Team and Knight Rider. Spike also carries original British productions, such as Police Interceptors Unleashed (a spin-off of the Channel 5 series hosted by footballer Vinnie Jones),  and repeats of some of Channel 5's factual programmes.
As in the U.S,mixed-martial arts also comprises a portion of Spike's lineup, with British TV rights to Bellator MMA and, under a new long-term deal, exclusive rights to BAMMA events beginning with BAMMA 20 on 25 April 2015.
From Spike US
From Channel 5
|Rank||Show||Episode||Number of Viewers||Date|
|1||The Expendables 2||N/A||359,000||27 March 2016|
|2||The Guns of Navarone||343,000||20 May 2018|
|3||Centurion||328,000||12 February 2017|
|4||The Expendables 3||335,000||27 December 2017|
|5||327,000||26 March 2017|
|6||Battle of Britain||N/A||306,500||9 March 2019|
|7||Transporter: The Series||2.07 - Sex, Lies and Video Tapes||303,000||19 February 2016|
|8||Trucking Hell||1.02 - Episode Two||294,000||24 May 2018|
|9||Hummingbird (film)||N/A||286,100||13 March 2019|
|10||Hang 'Em High||N/A||282,100||7 October 2018|