Fox News Notches Weekly Cable Ratings Win

Fox News continued its domination of the cable summer ratings charts as it won its third consecutive weekly ratings race.

Fox News averaged 2.1 million viewers for the week of Aug. 15 to Aug 21 to easily best USA Network’s 1.3 million and win its 10th of 12 summer weekly ratings races with one week left in the Summer ratings period, according to Nielsen.

HGTV, History and TBS all finished tied for third with 1.2 million viewers, followed by a tie between Disney Channel and TNT with 1.1 million watchers. Olympics-skewed MSNBC and NBCSN both averaged 1 million viewers, while Adult Swim drew 929,000 viewers to round out the top 10.

Fox News and Nickelodeon tied for top honors on a 24-hour basis with 1.2 million viewers each, followed by Adult Swim, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network.

TBS was the most watched network among adults 18-49 in primetime while Adult Swim was the top choice among demo viewers on a 24-hour basis, according to 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.