Cable Network Ranker: Week of January 16

By A.J. Katz 

Per Nielsen, Fox News Channel ranked No. 1 across all of cable for the week of Jan.16, both in total day and in total prime time viewership. Fox News also posted its highest-rated and most-watched week since the 2016 election, and posted significant viewership growth from the same week in 2016.

CNN ranked No. 2 in total prime time viewers, with HGTV, USA and Discovery rounding out the top 5. Nickelodeon ranked No. 2 in total day viewers behind FNC, with CNN, HGTV and Investigation Discovery rounding out the top 5.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Primetime (P2+)

  1. Fox News (3,918,000)
  2. CNN (1,771,000)
  3. HGTV (1,647,000)
  4. USA (1,530,000)
  5. Discovery (1,495,000)

Basic CableTop 5 – Total Day (P2+)

  1. FNC (2,478,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,288,000)
  3. CNN (1,100,000)
  4. HGTV (902,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (828,000)

Fox News is home to the top 14 cable telecasts of the week in total viewership, which included various presentations of AEHQ: Inauguration 2017, America’s Newsroom, The Five, Special Report with Bret Baier, The First 100 Days, The O’Reilly Factor, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity. Additionally, FNC was the most-watched news network for coverage of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Marking its highest-rated inauguration coverage in history, FNC’s America’s Election Headquarters, co-anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, averaged over 8.7 million total viewers from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., more than the broadcast networks and rivals CNN and MSNBC.

Additionally, with two full weeks in the new 9 p.m. timeslot, Tucker Carlson Tonight is +37 percent in total viewers viewers and +50 percent in the demo compared to the 2016 average of The Kelly File in the 9 p.m. hour.

CNN was the second-most-watched cable network of the week, both in total day and in prime time. The network posted triple digits improvement from 2016 in prime time viewers (+166 percent) and significant improvement in total day (+94 percent).

MSNBC ranked No. 6 in total prime time viewers (+85 percent year-over-year) and No. 8 in total day viewers (+80 percent year-over-year).

HLN ranked No. 45 in prime time viewers (-1 percent) and No. 34 in total day viewers (-5 percent).

Fox Business ranked No. 53 in total day viewers this past week, beating CNBC (No. 60). FBN had its most-watched week of the year to-date, both business day and total day. In addition, FBN’s Inauguration coverage led by Neil Cavuto was the most-watched in network history, and last Friday marked Fox Business’s first sweep of CNBC across business day, prime time and total day in 2017.

CNBC, on the other hand, defeated Fox Business in prime time last week, both in total viewers and among adults 25-54. CNBC also finished ahead of Fox Business in total day viewers from the demo.


Cable Network Ranker: Week of Jan. 16, 2017 (Total Viewers)

Cable Network Ranker: Week of Jan. 16, 2017 (A25-54)