Weekly Cable Ratings: Fox News, Cable News Nets Continue Ratings Dominance

Fox News continued to lead the cable news networks to the top spots among the weekly cable ratings charts, according to Nielsen.

Fox News averaged 3.3 million viewers in primetime for the week of June 8 to June 14, topping all cable networks for the 21st consecutive week, reported Nielsen. Cable news networks MSNBC and CNN finished second and third, averaging 1.8 million and 1.6 million viewers, respectively.

HGTV topped all entertainment-based networks in primetime with 1.3 million viewers, followed by TLC’s 1.1 million viewers. TBS (980,000 viewers), Hallmark Channel (976,000), USA Network (804,000), History (771,000) and TNT (719,000) rounded out the top 10.

On the total day chart, Fox News won for the 23rd consecutive week as it joined MSNBC and CNN as the only cable networks to average more than 1 million viewers on a 24-hour basis during the week, according to Nielsen. 

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.