Cable Network Ranker: Week of November 28

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News was the No. 1 basic cable network for the week of November 28 in total viewers, finishing ahead of a holiday movie-focused Hallmark Channel, Nickelodeon, ESPN and HGTV by a rather substantial margin. Fox News finished No. 2 in total prime time viewers, runner-up to a football-heavy ESPN, but ahead of Hallmark, AMC and USA.

Fox News dominated the cable news genre, beating CNN and MSNBC combined in all dayparts in total viewers, in the key news demo 25-54 and even among A18-49. FNC has delivered solid post-election ratings, while CNN and MSNBC have seen their numbers fall.

The O’Reilly Factor had a strong week, earning three of the 7 most-watched telecasts among basic cable last week. The network claimed 14 of the top 25 cable programs, including various broadcasts of The Five, Special Report with Bret Baier, Tucker Carlson Tonight and The Kelly File.


CNN ranked No. 22 this past week in total prime time viewers, and No. 14 in total day viewers.

MSNBC ranked No. 13 in total prime time viewers, and No. 18 in total day viewers.

HLN ranked No. 46 in total prime time viewers, and No. 36 in total day viewers.

CNBC ranked No. 52 in total prime time viewers, and No. 59 in total day viewers.

Fox Business Network ranked No. 77 in total prime time viewers, and No. 53 in total day viewers.

FBN delivered 220,000 viewers in business day (M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), topping CNBC for the 8th consecutive week in the daypart. Additionally, FBN topped CNBC in total day viewers. That said, CNBC beat Fox Business in total prime time viewers by a rather healthy margin, 248,000 to 121,000.

Basic Cable Network Ranker: Total Viewers