Cable Network Ranker: Week of August 15

By A.J. Katz 

According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News Channel was the most-watched prime time cable network for the week of August 15. FNC was up 8 percent from the same week in 2015, when it also finished No. 1 in total prime time viewers. Additionally, FNC topped total day and was up 12 percent from the same week last year. FNC has now been the most-watched primetime basic cable for 10 out of the last 11 weeks.

USA, HGTV, History and TBS round out the top five in total prime time viewers.

For a third week in a row, MSNBC (No. 7) topped CNN (No. 18) in total prime time viewers. “The Place for Politics” was up 67.5 percent in the daypart versus the same week in 2015. That said, CNN defeated MSNBC in total day viewers. The network was up 47 percent year-over-year, while MSNBC was up 53 percent despite finishing behind CNN.

HLN (No. 47) fell 8 percent in total prime time viewers, and fell 10 percent in total day viewers from the same week in 2015. CNBC (No. 49) fell 12 percent in total prime time viewers, but shot up 47 percent in total day viewers from the same week last year. Fox Biz (No. 78) improved 28 percent in total prime time viewers, and was up 51 percent in total day viewers from the same week last year.

Cable Rankings: Week of August 15

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