Weekly Cable Ratings: Fox News Stays Hot

Another week, another win for Fox News as it continues its impressive weekly ratings streak over the July 4th holiday week.

The cable news network averaged 3.4 million viewers in primetime for the week of June 29 to July 5, topping all cable networks for the 24th consecutive week, according to Nielsen. The network was led in primetime by Hannity, which posted the most watched show of the week.

MSNBC (1.7 million viewers) and CNN (1.5 million viewers) finished second and third, respectively, maintaining the cable news networks’ summer dominance over the entertainment-based networks. HGTV was fourth with 1.2 million viewers, followed by TLC’s 1 million watchers, according to Nielsen.

TBS (834,000 viewers), History (811,000), Food Network (760,000), USA Network (694,000 and Hallmark Movie & Mysteries (692,000) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks in primetime during the week.

Fox News topped the total day chart for the 26th consecutive week, followed by MSNBC, CNN, HGTV and Food Network, respectively, said Nielsen. 

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.