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Weekly Cable Ratings: TNT Scores Third Straight Primetime Win

Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets shoots and scores around coverage by Torrey Craig #12 of the Phoenix Suns in Game Four of the Western Conference second-round playoff series at Ball Arena on June 13, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.
TNT's Suns-Nuggets telecast (Image credit: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

TNT is king of primetime for the third straight week as its NBA playoffs coverage continues to deliver big ratings. 

TNT averaged 2.2 million viewers, topping all cable networks  for the week of June 7 to June 13, according to Nielsen. Fox News finished in a second place tie with NBA playoffs-fused ESPN with 2.1 million viewers. 

MSNBC finished fourth with 1.3 million viewers, followed by HGTV’s 1.1 million watchers. 

TBS (890,000 viewers), TLC (847,000), History (830,000), Discovery Channel (817,000) and CNN (776,000) rounded out the  top 10 most watched networks in primetime.

Fox News was the most watched network on a 24-hour basis for the 17th consecutive week, followed by ESPN (783,000), MSNBC (781,000), TNT (702,000), HGTV (658,000), and CNN (557,000), according to 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.