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Fox News Stays Hot in Weekly Cable Ratings Race

Fox News continued its blistering summer ratings performance last week as it once again dominated the primetime and total day ratings charts.

Fox News averaged 2 million viewers during the week of Aug. 14 to Aug. 20 to top the cable primetime ratings charts for the 12thconsecutive week, according to Nielsen. MSNBC was second with 1.9 million viewers, followed by USA Network and HGTV with 1.4 million viewers each, and TBS and CNN, tied with 1.3 million watchers.

ESPN, History and A&E (tied with 1 million viewers) and Investigation Discovery (984,000) rounded out the top 10, according to 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.