Fox News Regains Weekly Primetime Cable Ratings Crown

Fox News rebounded from consecutive weekly ratings losses to TNT to regain the top spot as the most watched cable network in primetime, according to Nielsen. 

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers during the week of May 8 to May 14 to stop TNT’s NBA Playoffs-infused, three-week ratings winning streak, according to Nielsen. TNT tied with MSNBC for second place with 1.8 million viewers, followed by ESPN’s 1.6 million watchers. 

TBS and HGTV tied for fifth with 1.3 million viewers, followed by USA Network (1.2 million), CNN and Discovery Channel (tied with 1.1 million) and History and NBCSN (tied with 1 million.)

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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.