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Fox News Stays Hot In Ratings Race

Fox News cruised to an eighth straight weekly primetime ratings win, Nielsen said Tuesday.

The network drew 2.2 million viewers in primetime during the week of March 5-11, besting MSNBC’s 1.8 million viewers and ESPN’s 1.6 million watchers, according to Nielsen. HGTV (1.4 million) and History (1.2 million) rounded out the top five. 

On a total day basis, Fox News averaged 1.3 million, topping MSNBC (999,000), Nickelodeon (951,000), HGTV (802,000) and ESPN (786,000) for its ninth win in a row within the category, said Nielsen.

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R. Thomas Umstead
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.