Cable Network Ranker: Week of January 2

By A.J. Katz Comment

Capture Shep Smith airport

Fox News was cable TV’s most-watched network in total day and the second-most-watched network in prime time for the week of January 2. The network delivered +65 percent year-over-year growth in total day viewers and +51 percent growth in prime time viewers. FNC finished a distant second to ESPN last week in total prime time viewers.

HGTV, TBS and Discovery round out the top 5 in total prime time viewers. After Fox News, ESPN, Nickelodeon, HGTV and Adult Swim round out the top 5 in total day viewers.

Per Nielsen data, The O’Reilly Factor claimed three of the 10 most-watched cable telecasts of the week. Shepard Smith Reporting, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Five, Special Report with Bret Baier, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity, and the former Fox News series The Kelly File all ranked high on the charts as well.

FNC’s coverage of the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport on Friday, Jan. 6 averaged close to 3 million viewers in prime time and slightly more than 2 million in total day. Shepard Smith Reporting (3 p.m. ET) averaged 727,000 A25-54, Fox News’ second-highest-rated hour of the day.

CNN ranked No. 21 last week in total prime time viewers (+44 percent year-over-year) and No. 15 in total day viewers (+57 percent).

MSNBC ranked No. 11 last week in total prime time viewers (+86 percent year-over-year) and No. 18 in total day viewers (+71 percent).

HLN ranked No. 45 in total prime time viewers (+6 percent year-over-year) and No. 37 in total day viewers (-1 percent).

CNBC ranked No. 47 in total prime time viewers (-21 percent year-over-year) and No. 57 in total day viewers (-10 percent).

Fox Business ranked No. 87 in total prime time viewers (+34 percent year-over-year) and No. 68 in total day viewers (+12 percent).

Cable Network Ranker: Week of Jan. 2 (Total Viewers)

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