Weekly Cable Ratings: Fox News Rolls To Primetime Win

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Fox News Channel’s coverage of the indictment of former President Donald Trump (Image credit: Fox News)

Fox News Channel secured sole possession of first place on the primetime chart last week on the strength of its June 13 coverage of the indictment of former President Donald Trump.

Fox News averaged 1.5 million viewers for the week of June 12 to June 18, recapturing the top spot from MSNBC, which finished second with 1.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen numbers provided by Fox News. 

ESPN finished third for the week with 997,000 viewers, followed by HGTV’s 806,000 viewers and TNT’s 751,000 watchers. INSP was sixth with 742,000 viewers, followed by History (659,000 viewers), CNN (654,000), Hallmark Channel (636,000) and TLC (598,000). 

Fox News was the most-watched network on a 24-hour basis for the 24th consecutive week, besting MSNBC (911,000 viewers), CNN (508,000), ESPN (453,000) and HGTV (439,000). 

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.