ESPN Tops Weekly Cable Primetime Ratings

ESPN, led by its Monday Night Football telecast, finished atop last week's cable network primetime ratings chart,  according to Nielsen.

The network, which tied for first with Hallmark Channel the week prior, drew 2.5 million viewers to top all networks for the week of Dec. 3 to Dec. 9, said Nielsen. ESPN’s Dec. 3 Philadelphia Eagles-Washington Redskins contest drew more than 11 million viewers to lead all cable shows for the week.

Fox News finished second with 2.1 million viewers, followed by MSNBC and Hallmark, which tied with 2 million viewers, and USA Network, which drew 1.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

A&E Network, HGTV, TBS, CNN and History all tied for sixth last week with an average of 1 million viewers, said Nielsen.

Fox news topped all cable networks on a total day basis with 1.4 million viewers, followed by MSNBC, Hallmark Channel, ESPN and Nickelodeon, said Nielsen. 

R. Thomas Umstead

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.