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Fox News, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Stay Hot in Weekly Cable Ratings Race

HBO’sGame Of Thronesand Fox News once again dominated the weekly ratings cable charts, according to Nielsen.

The Aug. 6 episode ofGame Of Thronesset an all-time viewership record for the fantasy series—now in its seventh season—drawing 10.2 million viewers, according to HBO and Nielsen. The episode easily dwarfed the 3.2 million viewers generated by second place finisher, USA Network’sWWE Monday Night Raw,during the week of July 31 to Aug. 6, said Nielsen.

On the network side, Fox News won its 11thstraight weekly primetime ratings crown, averaging 2.1 million viewers for the period. MSNBC was second with 1.7 million viewers, followed by a third place tie between USA Network and HGTV, both averaging 1.4 million viewers. 

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R. Thomas Umstead
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.