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Fox News Channel Tops Weekly Cable Prime Time Charts

Fox News Channel captured its first weekly cable prime time ratings win of the year while extending its total day ratings streak to two weeks, according to Nielsen.

The network, which finished 2017 as the most watched cable network in prime time among total viewers, averaged 2.7 million total viewers during the week of Jan. 15-21, Nielsen said. College football-infused ESPN was the most watched cable network in prime time for the first two weeks of 2018.

MSNBC finished second with 2 million viewers, followed by HGTV and USA, which tied with 1.4 million viewers, and TNT, which averaged 1.3 million watchers, according to Nielsen. MSNBC was also second to FNC on a total day basis, with Nickelodeon, HGTV and Investigation Discovery following close behind, Nielsen said.

FNC topped all cable news networks within the key adult 25-54 demo in both prime time and total day, Nielsen said.

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.