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Fox News Tops Weekly Cable Rankings

With no NBA playoffs games to contend with, Fox News finished atop the weekly cable primetime ratings heap, according to Nielsen.

Fox News averaged 2.1 million viewers, topping HGTV’s 1.5 million watchers to finish first among all cable networks during the week of June 6 to June 12, said Nielsen. Fox knocked TNT, which in recent weeks had benefited from its live coverage of the NBA Playoffs, out of the top spot on the charts.

USA Network finished third for the week with 1.3 million viewers, followed by a tie for fourth between TNT, Disney Channel, Discovery and TBS – all averaging 1.2 million viewers.

Rounding out the top 10 were MSNBC, History and CNN, tied with an average of 1.1 million viewers.

Fox News was also the most watched network on a 24-hour basis, followed closely by Nickelodeon, Adult Swim, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.

USA Network was the top choice among adults 18-49 while women 18-34 tuned into Adult Swim more than any other network during the week.

Most Watched Cable Shows During The Week Of June 6-June 12

Date    Show                                                            Network                     Total viewers

6/12   Game Of Thrones                                           HBO                             7.6 million

6/6     Rizzoli & Isles                                                 TNT                             3.9 million

6/6     Rizzoli & Isles                                                 TNT                             3.5 million

6/6     WWE Monday Night Raw                             USA                             3.4 million

6/12   NASCAR Sprint Cup                                      FS1                              3.4 million

6/6     WWE Monday Night Raw                             USA                             3.3 million

6/7     America Choice 2016                                   CNN                            3.0 million

6/8     The O’Reilly Factor                                        Fox News                    2.9 million

6/6     The O’Reilly Factor                                        Fox News                    2.9 million

6/6     WWE Monday Night Raw                             USA                             2.9 million

6/10   Alaskan Bush People                                    Discovery                   2.7 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.