Without any political conventions, CNN and MSNBC fell back to earth a bit in the ratings last week, though they still performed better than most weeks this year.
Fox News was not only the top cable news channel for the week, but was the only news channel to effectively hold its ratings position, coming in at number three overall in total viewers in primetime behind only ESPN and USA Network. FNC averaged 2.36 million primetime viewers, and 1.33 million total day viewers.
MSNBC was 18th in primetime and 14th in total day, averaging 1.03 million and 585,000 viewers, respectively. CNN was 29th in primetime and 27th in total day with 636,000 and 447,000 viewers, respectively.
HLN was 43rd in primetime and 44th in total day, averaging 290,000 and 217,000 viewers, respectively. Current TV was 91st in primetime and 92nd in total day, averaging 35,000 and 25,000 viewers.
Among the business networks: CNBC was 56th in primetime and 49th in total day, averaging 195,000 and 166,000 viewers, respectively. Fox Business was 86th in primetime and 78th in total day, averaging 62,000 and 60,000 viewers, respectively. Bloomberg TV isn’t rated by Nielsen.
The full ranker is below.