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Fox News Grabs July Cable Ratings Crown

Fox News was the most watched cable network in July on both a primetime and total day basis, according to Nielsen.

Fox News' 'The Five' 

Fox News' 'The Five' 

The cable news network averaged 3.2 million viewers in primetime during the period of June 29-July 26, a record for the network in the month of July, said Nielsen. MSNBC finished a distant second with 2 million viewers, followed by CNN’s 1.5 million watchers.

HGTV and TLC tied for fourth with 1.2 million viewers, followed by TBS (906,000 viewers), Hallmark Channel (881,000), History (814,000), Food Network (793,000), and USA Network (721,000).

Fox News drew 1.6 million viewers on a 24-hour basis to win the category for the 49th consecutive month, according to Nielsen. MSNBC, CNN, HGTV and Hallmark Channel all finished among the top five most-watched cable networks during the period in total day, according to 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.