Fox News Stays Hot on The Cable Ratings Front

Fox News continues to heat up the summer with another sweep of the weekly cable ratings race.

Fox News was the most watched cable network in primetime among total viewers for the 10 consecutive week, averaging 2.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. MSNBC was second with 1.6 million viewers, followed by HGTV and USA Network (1.3 million) and Hallmark (1 million), said Nielsen.

The network also drew 1.3 million viewers on a total day basis, topping the chart for a whopping 30th consecutive week, according to Nielsen. Nickelodeon (1 million); MSNBC (970,000), HGTV (789,000) and Investigation Discovery (685,000) rounded out the top five most-watched networks on a total day basis, said Nielsen. 

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.