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 )
- Fox News (2,339,000)
- MSNBC (1,642,000)
- HGTV (1,223,000)
- USA (1,153,000)
- TBS (1,033,000)
- History (989,000)
- Investigation Discovery (954,000)
- A&E (926,000)
- ESPN (921,000)
- Discovery (917,000)
Basic Cable Top 10 – Total Viewers (Total Day)
- Fox News (1,345,000)
- MSNBC (890,000)
- HGTV (715,000)
- Nickelodeon (702,000)
- ID (698,000)
- USA (555,000)
- Food Network (545,000)
- CNN (524,000)
- Hallmark Channel (506,000)
- History (501,000)
Here’s the full ranker showing basic cable networks measured by Nielsen: