Basic Cable Network Ranker: Week of Nov. 19

By A.J. Katz Comment

It was a relatively quiet week for cable news as far as ratings go. Americans seemed a bit more intent on watching sports and holiday movies during Thanksgiving week, than 24/7 TV news.

Fox News Channel slipped to No. 3 across cable in total viewers this past week (1.6 million) behind ESPN (4.4 million) and a surging Hallmark Channel (2.6 million).

Nevertheless, the basic cable juggernaut remained ahead of MSNBC and CNN in total viewers and the relevant A25-54 demographic, and Hannity continued his streak as host of the No. 1 program on cable news, in both total viewers (2.5 million) and in A25-54 viewers (443,000), according to live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen.

MSNBC ranked No. 4 in prime time viewers (1.2 million) and No. 5 in total day viewers (804,000), while CNN dropped down to No. 18 in prime time (696,000) and No. 9 in total day (572,000). One week after coming up short to CNN in the prime time demo, MSNBC edged its rival when it came to drawing adults 25-54 in that key 8 – 11 p.m. time period (314,000 vs. 312,000).

Not often do we see Food Network make the weekly basic cable top 10 (No. 8 in total day viewing). Perhaps folks were looking for a little Thanksgiving Day inspiration?

Here are the basic cable top 10 for the week of Nov. 19, 2018:

PRIME TIME (Total Viewers)

  1. ESPN (4,424,000)
  2. Hallmark Channel (2,616,000)
  3. Fox News (1,577,000)
  4. MSNBC (1,208,000)
  5. USA (1,098,000)
  6. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (1,088,000)
  7. HGTV (1,060,000)
  8. A&E (1,048,000)
  9. TBS (1,040,000)
  10. History (975,000)

6 A.M. – 6 A.M. (Total Viewers)

  1. Hallmark Channel (1,419,000)
  2. ESPN (1,358,000)
  3. Fox News (1,130,000)
  4. Nickelodeon (853,000)
  5. MSNBC (804,000)
  6. Investigation Discovery (726,000)
  7. HGTV (679,000)
  8. Food Network (581,000)
  9. CNN (572,000)
  10. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (571,000)

 

Basic cable ranker: Week of Nov. 19 (Total Viewers)

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