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Fox News Tops Cable’s Weekly Primetime Race

Fox News kicked off cable’s summer TV campaign with a first-place finish in primetime, according to Nielsen.

Fox News averaged 2.2 million viewers to top all cable networks during the period of May 29 to June 4, according to network officials. HGTV was second with 1.5 million viewers, followed by MSNBC by 1.3 million viewers and USA Network and TBS, which tied with 1.2 million viewers.

CNN and History (1.1 million viewers each), A&E (1 million viewers), TNT (973,000) and NBCSN (931,000) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks for the week.

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(Photo via Vincent Desjardins's Flickr. Image taken on April 25, 2017 and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license. The photo was cropped to fit 9x16 aspect ratio.)

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.