Weekly Cable Ratings: ESPN, Fox News Finish October at Top of Charts

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ESPN and Fox News ended October with a flourish, topping both the primetime and total day charts, according to Nielsen.

ESPN and Fox News tied for first place on the primetime ratings charts for the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31, each averaging 2.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen. Hallmark Channel, with the launch of its holiday-themed movies, finished third with 1.2 million viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 1.1 million viewers and HGTV’s 866,000 watchers.

TLC finished sixth with 785,000 viewers, followed by INSP (742,000 viewers), Discovery Channel (703,000), TBS (663,000) and Food Network (623,000), said Nielsen.

On the total day front, Fox News notched its 37th consecutive week at the top of the chart, averaging 1.4 million viewers. ESPN was a distant second with 782,000 viewers, followed by Hallmark Channel (764,000), MSNBC (674,000) and HGTV (531,000), said 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.