Basic Cable Ranker: Week of April 1

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News continued to haul in massive audience across the 24-hour time period, and in prime time.

For the week of April 1, FNC was the most-watched network on basic cable, per Nielsen data. That’s now 13 straight weeks at No. 1 for Fox News in total day.

FNC was No. 1 in total prime time viewers last week as well.


Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle, and The Five had particularly strong weeks. The aforementioned shows garnered 17 of the 30-most-watched telecasts across all of basic cable last week.

MSNBC and CNN, on the other, struggled relative to the recent past. MSNBC had its lowest-rated week of the year to-date, despite finishing as the second-most-watched network on basic cable. CNN had its second lowest-rated week of the year to-date in total viewers. However, the network still ranked in the top 10 among total viewers across the 24-hour day (No. 8).

Ratings seemed lower than usual across the board.

Below, the top 10 basic cable networks, per live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen:

Basic Cable Top 10 – Total Viewers (Prime Time )

  1. Fox News (2,339,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,642,000)
  3. HGTV (1,223,000)
  4. USA (1,153,000)
  5. TBS (1,033,000)
  6. History (989,000)
  7. Investigation Discovery (954,000)
  8. A&E (926,000)
  9. ESPN (921,000)
  10. Discovery (917,000)

Basic Cable Top 10 – Total Viewers (Total Day)

  1. Fox News (1,345,000)
  2. MSNBC (890,000)
  3. HGTV (715,000)
  4. Nickelodeon (702,000)
  5. ID (698,000)
  6. USA (555,000)
  7. Food Network (545,000)
  8. CNN (524,000)
  9. Hallmark Channel (506,000)
  10. History (501,000)

Here’s the full ranker showing basic cable networks measured by Nielsen:

Basic cable ranker: Week of April 1 (Total Viewers)