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Weekly Cable Ratings: Fox News Kicks Off September Atop Charts

Fox News's Tucker Carlson
Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson (Image credit: Fox News )

Fox News Channel carried its summer ratings momentum into September with another weekly sweep of the cable primetime and total day ratings charts.

Fox News averaged 2.6 million viewers during the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, more than doubling second place MSNBC’s 1.2 million viewers for its ninth consecutive win in the category, according to Nielsen. ESPN rode its college football game coverage into a third place finish with 1.1 million viewers, followed by HGTV’s 1 million viewers, and TLC’s 935,000 watchers.

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INSP finished sixth with 908,000 viewers, followed by CNN (876,000), Hallmark Channel (855,000), USA Network (787,000) and ESPN2 (692,000). 

On a 24-hour basis, Fox News’s 1.5 million average viewers topped the chart for its 29th consecutive week,  trumping MSNBC (744,000), CNN (653,000), ESPN (620,000) and HGTV (598,000).

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.