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Fox News Channel Dominates Primetime Cable Ratings for 7th Straight Week

Fox News Channel steamrolled over basic cable networks to again finish first in the weekly cable ratings race on both a primetime and total day basis, according to Nielsen. 

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers in primetime for the week of Feb. 26 to March 4, besting MSNBC’s 1.8 million viewers for the 7th consecutive week. ESPN finished 3rd with 1.4 million viewers, followed by HGTV (1.3 million) and USA Network (1.2 million).

On a total day basis, Fox News won for the eighth straight week, beating out MSNBC, Nickelodeon, HGTV and Investigation Discovery, according to Nielsen.

AMC’s The Walking Dead was the most watched show of the week with 6.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

Most Watched Shows for the week of Feb. 26-March 4

Date ShowNetworkTotal Viewers

3/4     The Walking Dead                                               AMC                              4.0 million

2/26   WWE Monday Night Raw (8-9pm)                         USA                              3.4 million

3/3     Live College Basketball                                        ESPN                            3.3 million

2/28   The Rachel Maddow Show                                    MSNBC                         3.2 million

2/26   WWE Monday Night Raw (9-10 pm)                      USA                              3.2 million

3/1     The Rachel Maddow Show                                   MSNBC                         3.1 million

2/26   Tucker Carlson Tonight                                        Fox News                      3.0 million

2/26   The Rachel Maddow Show                                   MSNBC                          3.0 million

2/27   Curse of Oak Island                                            History                          3.0 million

3/1     Hannity                                                              Fox News                      2.9 million

Source: Nielsen