Fox News Continues to Dominate Cable Ratings Charts

After a dominant summer ratings performance, Fox News Channel remained at the top of the weekly ratings charts heading into September.

Fox News finished as the most-watched cable network in primetime for the 15th straight week, averaging 2.1 million viewers during the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, according to Nielsen.

MSNBC finished second for the week with 1.8 million viewers, followed by ESPN’s 1.7 million viewers, USA’s 1.5 million viewers and HGTV’s 1.3 million watchers, said Nielsen.

TBS (1.2 million viewers), History (1.1 million), CNN and Investigation Discovery (1 million) and Disney Channel (921, 000) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks for the week. 

Fox slayed cable networks on a 24-hour basis for the 35th consecutive week, besting in order Nickelodeon, MSNBC, CNN and ESPN.

The return of college football helped ESPN finish first for the week in primetime among adults 18-49, while Adult Swim was the most watched network in the demo on a total day basis, said Nielsen.

Most Watched Cable Shows During The Week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

DateShowNetworkTotal Viewers

8/31   College Football Ohio State/Indiana                     ESPN                           5.1 million

8/28   WWE Monday Night Raw (8-9 pm)                       USA                            3.3 million

8/28   WWE Monday Night Raw (9-10 pm)                     USA                            3.3 million

8/28   Rachel Maddow Show                                        MSNBC                         3.1 million

9/3     NASCAR Cup Series                                          NBCSN                         3.1 million

8/29   Rachel Maddow Show                                       MSNBC                         3.0 million

8/28   Tucker Carlson Tonight                                    Fox News                       2.8 million

8/30   Tucker Carlson Tonight                                    Fox News                       2.8 million

8/29   Hannity                                                          Fox News                       2.8 million

8/29   The Five                                                        Fox News                        2.6 million

Source: 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.