13 Weeks, 13 Wins For Fox News in Total Day

By A.J. Katz 

Another week, another win for Fox News across total day (6 a.m. – 6 a.m. ET).

FNC was the most-watched network on basic cable network in total day for the 13th straight week, and the only network to average more than 1 million viewers in the daypart. Additionally, Fox News programming slate made up 8 of the top 30 most-watched telecasts, including Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity.

FNC finished No. 2 in prime time viewers for the second straight week behind TBS, which aired the 2018 national championship on Monday. Fox News was also down double digits in total viewers from the comparable week last year, a week when cable news aired in-depth prime time coverage of the U.S. missile strikes on the Syrian air base.


Additionally, Fox News defeated cable news rivals CNN and MSNBC, in prime time and in total day among total viewers and demo viewers (A25-54).

Speaking of MSNBC – NBCU’s cable news network once again finished No. 2 across all of basic cable in total viewers, both prime time and in total day. The network posted +4 percent prime time viewer growth and +9 percent total day viewer growth compared to the same week in 2017.

CNN achieved a top 10 spot this past week among total day viewers (No.8), but finished No. 14 in total prime time viewers. Similar to FNC, CNN was down double digits versus the same week last year.

Here are the 5-most-watched for the week of April 2:

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time

  1. TBS (2,349,000)
  2. Fox News (2,064,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,715,000)
  4. HGTV (1,500,000)
  5. USA (1,236,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day

  1. Fox News (1,252,000)
  2. MSNBC (943,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (850,000)
  4. HGTV (828,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (730,000)

On the business news front – Varney & Co., was the most-watched market program on TV for the 46th consecutive week. Along with Varney, Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman also ranked among the top 4 business news programs of the week.

Then of course, there was Lou Dobbs. His was the most-watched show on business news, averaging 304,000 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.

Business Day

FBN: 221,000 total viewers / 27,000 A25-54 viewers

CNBC: 198,000 total viewers / 36,000 A25-54 viewers

Market Hours

FBN: 227,000 total viewers / 28,000 A25-54 viewers

CNBC: 202,000 total viewers / 37,000 A25-54 viewers


Basic Cable Ranker: Week of April 2 (Total Viewers)


Basic Cable Ranker: Week of April 2 (A25-54)