Fox News Continues Weekly Total Day Ratings Streak

Fox News, fresh off its August monthly primetime and total day ratings triumph, continued its winning ways on a total day basis last week, while ESPN tackled the primetime ratings crown.

Fox News was tops on a total day basis during the week of Sept. 2 to Sept. 8 for 35th consecutive week, topping ESPN, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, HGTV and Investigation Discovery, said Nielsen.

ESPN, on the strength of its football and US Open tennis tournament coverage, averaged 2.5 million viewers to top Fox News’ 2.2 million viewers to take weekly primetime ratings honors, according to Nielsen. MSNBC finished third with 1.4 million, followed by HGTV’s 1.2 million viewers and TLC And USA Network, tied for fifth with 1 million viewers.

Investigation Discovery (920,000), Hallmark Channel (910,000), CNN (869,000), and Discovery Channel (863,000) rounded out the top 10 most watched cable networks in primetime, 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.