Fox News Steamrolls Over Competition in Weekly Cable Ratings Race

Fox News continued its dominance of the weekly cable ratings charts, easily topping all cable networks across primetime and total day.

Fox News averaged 2.2 million viewers in primetime during the week of June 10 to June 16, well above second place MSNBC’s 1.5 million viewers for its fourth straight weekly win in the category. The network was paced by its primetime lineup of Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight and The Ingraham Angle, which between the daily shows represented nine of the 10 most watched shows on cable last week, according to Nielsen.

HGTV finished third for the week with 1.3 million viewers, followed by A&E’s 1.1 million viewers and USA Network’s 1.0 watchers, said Nielsen. History (959,000), Hallmark Channel (926,000), TBS (911,000), Investigation Discovery (896,000) and TLC (892,000) filled out the top 10 most watched shows of the week.

Fox News also took top honors in the total day category for the 23rd consecutive week, besting in order MSNBC, HGTV, Investigation Discovery and Nickelodeon, according to 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.