Cable Network Ranker: Week of February 20

By A.J. Katz 

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This past week, Fox News topped all of basic cable in both prime time and in total day viewers. This is the 6th consecutive week that Fox News has achieved this particular feat, per Nielsen.

Among programs for the week, The O’Reilly Factor notched 4 of the top 10 cable telecasts in total viewers, while FNC programs made up 19 of the top 30 telecasts in total viewers, including various presentations of The Five, Special Report with Bret Baier, The O’Reilly Factor, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity.

HGTV continues to thrive in prime time, coming in at No. 2 in total viewers this past week. History, USA and MSNBC weren’t far behind.

Nickelodeon, HGTV, Adult Swim and MSNBC followed Fox News in rounding out the week’s top 5 cable networks in total day.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Primetime (P2+)

  1. Fox News (2,672,000)
  2. HGTV (1,592,000)
  3. History (1,510,000)
  4. USA (1,500,000)
  5. MSNBC(1,487,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (P2+)

  1. Fox News (1,606,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,163,000)
  3. HGTV (910,000)
  4. Adult Swim (875,000)
  5. MSNBC (784,000)

Fox News may have dominated its cable news rivals, but MSNBC still managed to earn a spot in cable’s top 5 networks in total audience, earning a No. 5 ranking both in prime time and in total day.

CNN had a good week in terms of total day audience (No. 8), but fell a bit prime time (No. 13).

HLN posted a No. 51 ranking in prime time, and ranked No. 40 in total day viewers.

CNBC ranked No. 45 in prime time, but came in at No. 58 in total day.

Fox Business ranked No. 79 in prime time and No. 61 in total day, finishing behind rival CNBC after a posting a close, rare win last week.

Basic Cable Network Ranker: Week of Feb. 20 (Total Viewers)