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Fox News Channel was No. 2 in prime time and No. 3 in total day viewers among all ad-supported cable networks during 2015. FNC averaged 1.79 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. ET, behind only ESPN’s NFL-heavy content. TBS, USA and TNT join FNC and ESPN among the Top 5 prime time networks. Nickelodeon and Adult Swim are the only networks to surpass FNC in total day viewership.
CNN finished No. 22 in prime time and No. 20 in total day, while MSNBC ranked No. 26 in both categories. FNC, CNN and MSNBC all improved their position compared to last year and FNC becomes the first news network to ever finish among the Top 3 in basic cable.
HLN finished No. 49 in prime time and No. 34 in total viewers. CNBC ranks No. 46 in prime time and No. 49 in total day with rival business network FBN finishing the year No. 84 in prime time and No. 82 in total day. Al Jazeera America barely cracked the Top 100, coming in at No. 99 in both categories.