Cable Network Ranker: Week of April 30

By Alex Weprin 

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A slow news week led to slow ratings on the cable news channels for the week of April 30-May 5.

As usual, Fox News Channel weas the top cable news channel, placing 5th in primetime among ad-supported cable networks with 1.70 million viewers. In total day FNC also placed 5th, with 1.05 million viewers.

MSNBC placed 25th in primetime and 31st in total day, with 702,000 and 399,000 viewers, respectively. CNN had a rough month, placing 36th in primetime and 35th in total day, drawing 417,000 and 307,000 viewers, respectively.

Current TV also had a rough month, placing last among all ad-supported cable networks in primetime, ranking 94th with 27,000 viewers. In total day Current also placed 94th, with 25,o00 viewers.

Among the business networks: CNBC saw a substantial primetime boost thanks to an NHL playoff game. CNBC ended up placing 47th in primetime and 55tyh in total day, drawing 250,000 and 144,000 viewers, respectively. Fox Business Network placed 88th in primetime and 84th in total day, drawing 48,000 and 56,000 viewers, respectively. Bloomberg TV isn’t rated by Nielsen, and hasn’t been since launching in 1994.

The full ranker is below.

Cable Ranker Week of 4-30-12