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Fox News Channel Tops Weekly Cable Primetime Charts

Fox News Channel captured its first weekly cable primetime ratings win of the year while extending its total-day ratings streak to two weeks, according to Nielsen.

The network, which finished 2017 as the most watched cable network in primetime among total viewers, averaged 2.7 million total viewers during the week of Jan. 15-21, Nielsen said. College football-infused ESPN was the most watched cable network in primetime for the first two weeks of 2018. 

MSNBC finished second with 2 million viewers, followed by HGTV and USA, which tied with 1.4 million viewers, and TNT, which averaged 1.3 million watchers, according to Nielsen. MSNBC was also second to FNC on a total-day basis, with Nickelodeon, HGTV and Investigation Discovery following close behind, Nielsen said.

FNC topped all cable news networks within the key adult 25-54 demo in both primetime and total day, Nielsen said.