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Weekly Cable Ratings: Fox News Fights Off ESPN for Primetime Win

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A full slate of weekend college football games on ESPN wasn't enough to knock Fox News off its first place perch as the news network continued its impressive winning streak in primetime and in total day. 

Fox News averaged 2.2 million viewers in primetime during the week of Sept. 6 to Sept. 12 for its 10th consecutive primetime ratings win, according to Nielsen. ESPN, bolstered by its college football and U.S. Open tennis tournament coverage, finished second with 1.9 million viewers, followed by MSNBC's 1.1 million viewers and HGTV’s 1 million watchers. 

TLC finished fifth with 924,000 viewers, followed by The Hallmark Channel (889,000 million viewers), INSP (843,000), TBS (776,000), CNN (715,000) and USA Network (713,000).

Fox News won its 29th consecutive week in the total day ratings race with 1.3 million viewers, followed by ESPN (820,000), MSNBC (650,000), HGTV (600,000), and CNN (532,000), reported 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.