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Weekly Cable Ratings: Fox News Hits Lucky 13 Straight Weeks Atop Primetime, Total-Day Charts

Fox News' 'FOX & Friends'
Fox News' 'FOX & Friends' (Image credit: Fox News )

Fox News Channel last week topped both the weekly primetime and total-day ratings charts for the 13th consecutive week, according to Nielsen.

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers during the week of May 10-16, besting  MSNBC’s 1.4 million viewers and HGTV’s 1.1 million watchers, said Nielsen. CNN finished fourth with 932,000 viewers followed by TNT with 890,000 viewers.

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Discovery Channel (800,000 viewers), TBS (785,000), Hallmark Channel (781,000), INSP (751,000) and TLC (726,000) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks in primetime.

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Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers on a 24-hour basis to lead all cable networks in the category, followed by MSNBC (833,000 viewers), CNN (638,000), HGTV (628,000) and Investigation Discovery (477,000), 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.