Fox News, CNN Dominate Weekly Cable Ratings
Fox News and CNN were the choice of cable viewers last week as the most watched networks during election week, according to Nielsen.
Fox News finished first in primetime during the week of Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, averaging 4.9 million viewers. CNN finished second with 3.2 million watchers, according to Nielsen.
ESPN was a distant third with 2.5 million, followed by Hallmark’s 2.0 million viewers and MSNBC’s 1.9 million viewers.
AMC (1.4 million viewers), USA Network and TBS (tied with 1.3 million) and HGTV, Discovery Channel and Disney Channel (all tied with 1.1 million) rounded out the top 10.
Fox News and CNN also finished first and second respectively on a 24-hour basis, followed by Nickelodeon, MSNBC and Hallmark Channel.
Most Watched Shows For The Week Of Nov. 7-13
Most Watched Cable Shows For Nov. 8 (by hour)
Show Network Time Period Total Viewers
America's Election HQ Fox News 12 am -1 am 15.4 million
America's Election HQ Fox News 11 pm-12 am 14.5million
Election Night In America CNN 10 pm-11 pm 14.0million
Eleciton Night In America CNN 11 pm-12am 13.9 million
Election Night In America CNN 9 pm-10 pm 13.7 million
America's Election HQ Fox News 10 pm-11 pm 13.0 million
America’s Election HQ Fox News 1 am-2am 13.0 million
America’s Election HQ Fox News 9pm-10 pm 12.2 million
Election Night In America CNN 8 pm-9 pm 11.9 million
Election Night In America CNN 12 am-1am 11.8 million
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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.