Cable Network Ranker: Week of May 14

By Alex Weprin 

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The May broadcast sweeps period continued to take its toll on the cable ratings last week.

Fox News was the top cable news channel, placing 5th overall among ad-supported cable networks in both total day and primetime. FNC drew 1.75 million viewers in primetime and 1.03 million viewers in total day.

MSNBC placed 27th in primetime and 31st in total day, averaging 648,000 viewers and 382,000 viewers, respectively. CNN saw some of its worst ratings in a long, long time for the week (more on that tomorrow), placing 38th in primetime and 35th  in total day with 385,000 and 282,000 viewers, respectively.

Current TV placed last among Nielsen-rated ad-supported cable networks in both total day and primetime, drawing 22,000 and 24,000 viewers, respectively.

As for the business nets:

CNBC placed 54th in primetime and 58th in total day, drawing 170,000 and 130,000 viewers, respectively. FBN placed 91st in primetime and 84th in total day, drawing 38,000 and 50,000 viewers, respectively. Bloomberg TV, of course, hasn’t been rated by Nielsen since launching back in the mid-90’s.

The full cable network ranker is below.

Cable Ranker Week of 5-14-12