Basic Cable Network Ranker: November 2018

By A.J. Katz 

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ESPN and Fox News went toe-to-toe in the race for November ratings supremacy. ESPN came out on top across all relevant measurements in prime time, lifted by Monday Night Football, and to a lesser extent its college football broadcasts.

Fox News, slipped to No. 2 in prime time among total viewers, but held strong as the most-watched cable network across the 24-hour-day thanks in part to around the clock coverage of the midterm elections and other Trump-related matters.

MSNBC were also among the Top 10 basic cable networks for the month in total viewers. NBC’s politics-focused cabler ranked No. 4 in prime time, and No. 4 in total day. CNN improved to No. 6 in prime time and No. 6 in total day viewers.

Below is the Top 10 in prime time, followed by the Top 10 in total day and a more expansive basic cable network ranker for Nov. 2018. Per usual, the data is Nielsen live-plus-same day.

Prime Time Top 10 (Total Viewers)

  1. ESPN (3,127,000)
  2. Fox News (2,439,000)
  3. Hallmark Channel (2,150,000)
  4. MSNBC (1,835,000)
  5. USA (1,154,000)
  6. CNN (1,119,000)
  7. HGTV (1,076,000)
  8. A&E (981,000)
  9. TBS (972,000)
  10. Investigation Discovery (952,000)

6 a.m. – 6 a.m. Top 10 (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,475,000)
  2. Hallmark Channel (1,164,000)
  3. ESPN (1,058,000)
  4. MSNBC (1,024,000)
  5. Nickelodeon (830,000)
  6. CNN (761,000)
  7. Investigation Discovery (686,000)
  8. HGTV (644,000)
  9. Food Network (563,000)
  10. USA (550,000)

Basic cable ranker: November 2018 (Total Viewers)