Fox News Dominates Weekly Cable Ratings

Fox News was the most watched cable network last week, beating out all cable entertainment networks in primetime, according to Nielsen.

Bolstered by The O’Reilly Factor, which drew 3 million or more viewers in four of its five live shows last week, Fox News averaged 1.93 million viewers for the week of March 2 through March 8, according to Nielsen.

 TBS was second with 1.76 million followed by USA Network and AMC, which both drew 1.74 million viewers, and Disney Channel which garnered 1.73 million watchers.

Discovery Channel (1.52 million viewers), HGTV (1.50 million); ESPN (1.48 million); TNT (1.45 million) and History (1.42 million) rounded out the top 10.

Nickelodeon kept its hold on the top spot among the most watched cable networks on a 24-hour basis for a third straight week, besting Disney, Adult Swim, Fox News and Cartoon Network in that order.   

AMC’s The Walking Dead and after show The Talking Dead, Discovery’s Gold Rush and USA’s live WWE Monday Night Raw series continued to occupy the top slots among the most watched shows during the week, according to Nielsen.

The Most Watched Shows During the Week of March 2 to March 8

DateShowNetworkTotal Viewers

3/8         The Walking Dead                                          AMC                                    14.5 million

3/8         The Talking Dead                                           AMC                                    5.7 million

3/6         Gold Rush                                                      Discovery                            4.9 million

3/7         Live College Basketball                                  ESPN                                   4.2 million

3/2         WWE Entertainment                                       USA                                      4.0 million

3/6         Gold Rush: Dirt Aftershow                             Discovery                               3.9 million

3/2         WWE Entertainment                                      USA                                        3.8 million

3/8         Real Housewives of Atlanta                          Bravo                                       3.6 million

3/2         WWE Entertainment                                      USA                                         3.5 million

3/3         Rizzoli & Isles                                                TNT                                         3.5 million          

Source: Nielsen

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.