Weekly Cable Ratings: Fox News Sweeps Ratings Charts

Fox News' 'The Five'
Fox News Channel's 'The Five' (Image credit: Fox News )

Fox News Channel was the most watched cable network in primetime and total day leading into the Thanksgiving holiday week, according to Nielsen.

The news network averaged 2.9 million viewers in primetime for the week of Nov. 15-21, topping football-fueled ESPN, which garnered 2.4 million viewers, said Nielsen. Hallmark Channel was third for the week with 1.5 million viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 1.2 million watchers.

HGTV was fifth with 898,000 viewers, followed by TBS (886,000 viewers), TNT (863,000), TLC (828,000), Paramount Network (810,000) and INSP (808,000). 

On a 24-hour basis, Fox News won for the 40th consecutive week, averaging 1.7 million viewers. Hallmark Channel, led by its Countdown to Christmas lineup of holiday films, finished second with 862,000 viewers, followed by ESPN 774,000 viewers), MSNBC (746,000) and CNN (549,000). ■

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.