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Fox News Tops Weekly Primetime Cable Ratings Charts

Fox News was the most watched cable network last week despite stiff competition from networks offering sports and holiday programming.

Fox News averaged 2.6 million viewers to top all cable networks during the week of Dec. 4 to Dec. 10, according to Nielsen. The news network beat out holiday programming-focused network Hallmark Channel, which drew 2.5 million viewers, and 24-hour sports network ESPN, which averaged 2.4 million watchers to finish in third place.

MSNBC (1.9 million viewers) and Freeform (1.4 million viewers) rounded out the top five.

Fox News unseated Hallmark to finish in first place on a 24-hour basis for the week, with MSNBC, Nickelodeon and ESPN followed closely behind, reported Nielsen.