Fox News Rules Weekly Cable Ratings Race

Fox News continued its cable primetime and total day ratings roll last week, while HBO’s Game Of Thrones set a series ratings mark in its season seven finale, according to Nielsen. 

Fox News won cable’s weekly primetime ratings race for the 13th consecutive week, averaging 2.4 million viewers for the week of Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, Nielsen reported. MSNBC finished a distant second with 1.8 million viewers followed by USA Network’s 1.5 million viewers, HGTV’s 1.4 million and CNN’s 1.3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 most watched networks for the week were TBS (1.2 million viewers); ESPN (1.1 million); Investigation Discovery and History (1 million viewers each) and Discovery Channel (918,000.)

Fox News won its 34th consecutive total day week ratings race, topping Nickelodeon, MSNBC, CNN, Adult Swim and HGTV.

USA Network was the most watched network in prime time among adults 18-49, while Adult Swim took top honors among the demo on a 24-hour basis, said Nielsen.

HBO’s Aug. 27 Game Of Thrones season seven finale drew a series record 12 million viewers to easily top all cable shows during the week, according to Nielsen.

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Most Watched Cable Shows During The Week of Aug. 21-27 

DateShowNetworkTotal Viewers

8/27   Game Of Thrones                                               HBO                          12 million

8/21   President Trump Address-Afghanistan                  Fox News                   5.1 million

8/22   Hannity                                                             Fox News                   4.5 million

8/21   President Trump Address/Analysis                       Fox News                   4.4 million

8/21   WWE Monday Night Raw (9-10 pm)                     USA                           3.5 million

8/21   NFL Pre-Season Football – NYG/Cleve.                 ESPN                          3.5 million

8/22   Special Report w/Bret Baier                                Fox News                    3.5 million

8/21   Presidential Address Pre-coverage                       Fox News                    3.4 million

8/21   WWE Monday Night Raw (8-9 pm)                      USA                            3.4 million

8/21   WWE Monday Night Raw (10-11:12 pm)             USA                            3.2 million

Source: 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.