Fox News Takes Weekly Ratings Crown

Fox News Channel was the most watched network in primetime during 2016’s first full week, according to Nielsen.

Fox News averaged 1.9 million viewers to top all cable networks during the week of Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, said Nielsen officials. Discovery Channel finished second for the week with 1.8 million viewers, followed by a third place tie between TBS, USA Network and HGTV, all averaging 1.6 million viewers.

Disney Channel (1.4 million viewers), ESPN (1.3 million), History (1.2 million), and Investigation Discovery, Food Network and FX (all tied with 1 million viewers) rounded out the top 10.

Fox News and Nickelodeon tied atop the total day list, with both networks averaging 1.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen. Disney Channel, Adult Swim and USA Network finished close behind.

Most Watched Cable Shows For Week of Jan. 4 to Jan. 10

Date      Telecast                                               Network                                              Total viewers

1/9         NFL Wildcard Game                             ESPN                                                 6.0 million

1/8         Gold Rush                                           Discovery                                            4.1 million

1/6         Alaskan Bush People                           Discovery                                            3.8 million

1/10       Alaska: The Last Frontier                      Discovery                                            3.7 million

1/4         WWE Monday Night Raw                     USA                                                    3.7 million

1/4         WWE Monday Night Raw                     USA                                                    3.5 million

1/4         WWE Monday Night Raw                     USA                                                    3.5 million

1/4         The O'Reilly Factor                              Fox News                                             3.3 million

1/4         Austin & Ally                                      Disney                                                  3.2 million

1/5         The Have and The Have Nots                OWN                                                    3.1 million

Source: 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.