Fox News Rolls to Fourth Straight Weekly Cable Primetime Ratings Win

The busy and unpredictable cable news cycle continues to fuel Fox News Channel as the network won its fourth consecutive weekly cable primetime ratings race of the early summer TV season, according to Nielsen.

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers for the period of June 12 to June 18, topping all basic cable networks, said Nielsen. MSNBC finished second with 1.9 million viewers, followed by HGTV and TBS, each with 1.4 million viewers.

USA Network finished fifth with 1.2 million viewers, followed by History (1.1 million viewers) CNN (1 million); ESPN (964,000), Discovery Channel (940,000) and Investigation Discovery (939,000), said Nielsen. 

Fox News was also the most watched cable network on a 24-hour basis for the 24thconsecutive week, besting Nickelodeon, MSNBC, Disney Channel and CNN. 

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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.