Fox News Channel Recaptures Weekly Primetime Ratings Crown

Fox News Channel last week regained its cable primetime ratings crown while continuing its winning streak in weekly total day ratings, according to Nielsen.  

The network averaged 2.6 million viewers to finish first among all cable networks for the week of April 9-15, ending TBS’s three-week,“March Madness”-infused winning streak, according to Nielsen.

Fox News has finished as the most watched cable network in primetime in 10 of the first 15 weeks of 2018.

MSNBC finished second with 2.2 million viewers, followed by a three-way tie for third among HGTV, USA Network and TNT (each with 1.3 million viewers).

Fox News finished first on a 24-hour basis for the 14 consecutive week, averaging 1.5 million viewers for the period. MSNBC, CNN, Nickelodeon and HGTV followed closely behind, 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.