Fox News Takes Weekly Ratings Gold

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio had to settle for the bronze medal in the weekly primetime ratings race as Fox News continued its summer run as cable’s most watched network.

Fox News averaged 1.7 million viewers for the week of Aug. 8 to Aug. 14, topping second place Disney Channel’s 1.3 million viewers and NBCSN’s 1.2 million watchers, according to Nielsen.

USA Network, TBS, HGTV and History all finished in a fourth place tie with 1.1 million viewers, followed by MSNBC and ESPN, tied with 1 million viewers. Adult Swim rounded out the top 10 with an average of 897,000 viewers for the week.

Nickelodeon was the most watched network on a total day basis, averaging 1.2 million viewers. Fox News, Disney Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network followed closely behind, according to Nielsen.

NBCSN was the top choice for viewers 18-49 in primetime, while Adult Swim topped the charts on a 24-hour basis in the demo. Starz’s drama series Power was the most watched original scripted series among adults 18-49 on cable for the fifth week in a row, according to Nielsen.

Most Watched Shows On Cable During The Week Of Aug. 8 to Aug. 14


8/13       NFL Pre-Season Football                                                        ESPN                                     3.2 million

8/8         WWE Monday Night Raw                                                        USA                                       2.9 million

8/8         WWE Monday Night Raw                                                        USA                                       2.9 million

8/9         Haves And The Have Nots                                                      OWN                                      2.8 million

8/8         WW Monday Night Raw                                                           USA                                       2.8 million

8/8         The O’Reilly Factor                                                                 Fox News                                2.6 million

8/10       The O’Reilly Factor                                                                 Fox News                                2.4 million

8/11       The O’Reilly Factor                                                                 Fox News                                2.4 million

8/8         Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 5                                                        VH1                                        2.4 million

8/9         WWE SmackDown                                                                 USA                                        2.4 million

Source: 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.