Cable Network Ranker: Week of May 16

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News was the third-most-watched basic cable network this past week during the prime time daypart. Armed with the NBA playoffs, TNT and ESPN, finished No. 1 and No.2 in the daypart, respectively. Despite a week-to-week decline in prime time viewers for Fox News (-3 percent), the network continues to roll on a year-over-year basis. FNC was up 36.5 percent in prime time viewers from the comparable week in 2015.

Additionally, The O’Reilly Factor had three telecasts in the week’s top 20 most-watched telecasts in basic cable.

Fox News finished No. 2 in average total day viewers this past week, up 23 percent from the comparable week in 2015.

MSNBC edged CNN in total prime time viewers for a second consecutive week. The Peacock’s cable news net slipped a bit from the previous week, but was up 81 percent from the comparable week in 2015. The trend was similar for CNN, slightly down in prime time viewers from the previous week, but up 76 percent from the comparable week in 2015.

CNN defeated MSNBC in total day viewers, and was up 30 percent in the daypart from the comparable week in 2015.

Basic Cable Ranker: Week of May 16

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