Fox News Squeaks Out Weekly Cable Ratings Wins

Fox News Channel fought off strong challenges from MSNBC and Nickelodeon to remain atop the weekly cable ratings charts, according to Nielsen. 

FNC’s 1.9 million primetime total viewers during the week of July 17-23 was enough to hold off a strong charge from MSNBC, which averaged 1.8 million viewers for the period, to win the category for the ninth consecutive week, according to Nielsen. 

HGTV was third, with 1.5 million viewers, followed by Disney Channel’s 1.4 million viewers. USA Network and Discovery Channel tied for fifth with 1.3 million viewers each.

TBS (1.2 million viewers), History (1.1 million), Hallmark Channel (1 million), Investigation Discovery (963,000) and CNN (952,000) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks for the week.

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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.