Cable Network Ranker: MLB Playoffs Boosts TBS To #1, Debate Places FNC #2, and Boosts Cable News

By Alex Weprin Comment

It was a big week on cable, with the MLB playoffs and the Vice Presidential debate boosting a number of channels. TBS took the top slot among all ad-supported able channels thanks to its baseball coverage.

Fox News was the top cable news channel, and placed second overall in primetime behind TBS with 3.28 million viewers. In total day FNC was third behind TBS and Nickelodeon with 1.54 million. If not for baseball FNC would likely have been first in primetime.

MSNBC also saw a debate bump, placing 9th overall in primetime and 16th in total day. MSNBC averaged 1.36 million viewers in primetime and 623,000 in total day. CNN was 23rd in primetime and 28th in total day averaging 838,000 and 432,000 viewers, respectively.

HLN was 42nd in both primetime and total day, averaging 296,000 and 223,000 viewers, respectively. Current TV was 90th in primetime and 92nd in total day averaging 43,000 and 27,000 viewers, respectively.

Among the business networks: CNBC was 48th in both primetime and total day, averaging 235,000 and 171,000 viewers, respectively. Fox Business was 81st in primetime and 77th in total day, averaging 85,000 and 62,000, respectively. Bloomberg TV isn’t rated by Nielsen, and hasn’t been since it launched in 1994.

The full ranker is below.

All Cable Ranker Week of 10-8-12