TNT, Fox News Top Cable's Weekly Primetime Ratings Chart

TNT and Fox News battled to a cable weekly primetime ratings tie last week, Nielsen reported Tuesday.

Both Fox News and TNT averaged 2.3 million viewers during the week of April 24 to April 30, with ESPN finishing third with 1.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen. 

MSNBC, HGTV, and USA Network all finished tied for fourth with 1.4 million viewers, followed by TBS with 1.2 million watchers. Discovery Channel (1.1 million), along with Investigation Discovery, History and Disney Channel (all tied with 1 million viewers) rounded out the top 10, said Nielsen.

Fox News notched its 17th consecutive total day ratings win, besting Nickelodeon, TNT, HGTV and Adult Swim respectively, said Nielsen.

TNT was the most watched cable network among adults 18-49, while Adult Swim was the top choice among the demo on a 24-hour basis.

Most Watched Shows On Cable During The Week of April 24-30

DateShowNetworkTotal Viewers

4/27   NBA Playoffs (Toronto/Milwaukee)           ESPN                           6.6 million

4/26   NBA Playoffs (Chicago/Boston)                TNT                             4.2 million

4/25   NBA Playoffs (OKC/Houston)                   TNT                             4.1 million

4/24   NBA Playoffs (Golden St./Portland)          TNT                             3.9 million

4/25   NBA Playoffs (Utah/L.A. Clippers)            TNT                             3.1 million

4/24   Tucker Carlson Tonight                           Fox News                     3.1 million

4/24   WWE Monday Night Raw                         USA Network                3.1 million

4/27   NBA Playoffs (San Antonio/Memphis)       TNT                             3.0 million

4/24   NBA Playoffs (Washington/Atlanta)          TNT                             3.0 million

4/24   WWE Monday Night Raw                         USA Network                3.0 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.