Cable Network Ranker: Week of March 5

By Alex Weprin 

Despite “Super Tuesday,” not much changed among the cable networks for the week of March 5-11. As usual, Fox News was the top ad-supported cable news channel, placing third in primetime behind USA and History. In total day FNC placed fourth overall.

MSNBC placed 21st in primetime and 23rd in total day, with CNN placing 29th in primetime and 30th in total day. HLN placed 41st in primetime and 40th in total day.

Among the business networks: CNBC placed 49th in total day, while FBN placed 80th. In primetime, CNBC placed 56th, with FBN placing 88th. Bloomberg TV is still not rated by Nielsen, despite launching more than 15 years ago.

Current TV placed 91st in primetime and 94th in total day.

The top cable news program for the week was not from Super Tuesday at all. Rather, it was Monday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor.” Two other editions of “O’Reilly” and one hour of primary coverage also made it into the top 40 cable programs.

The ranker:

Cable Time Period Rank – Week of 3-5-12 (Live+SD)