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Fox News Maintains March Cable Ratings Roll

Fox News rode its coronavirus coverage to the top of the weekly cable ratings charts for the week of March 9 to March 15, according to Nielsen.

Fox News averaged 3.5 million viewers in primetime to top all cable networks for the eighth straight week, said Nielsen. CNN’s finished second with 2.8 million viewers, with MSNBC coming in third at 2.3 million watchers. HGTV finished fourth with 1.1 million viewers, while TBS, A&E, TLC, and History tied for fifth with 1 million viewers. Discovery Channel and TNT rounded out the top 10 most watched networks for the week.

Fox News averaged 1.9 million viewers on a 24-hour basis to lead CNN, MSNBC, HGTV and Nickelodeon in the category, according to Nielsen. 

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.