The controversial GOP debate pushed CNBC into the Top 3 prime time networks among all ad-supported cable networks for the week of October 26 after finishing No. 46 for the week of Oct. 12. CNBC jumped 43 spots by averaging 1.88 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. ET, behind only ESPN and AMC. CNBC’s debate was watched by 14 million viewers, making it the network’s most-watched program ever.
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Fox News Channel was No. 4 in prime time and No. 3 in total day viewers. CNN finished No. 32 in prime time and No. 20 in total viewers, while MSNBC ranked No. 24 in prime time and No. 28 in total day. HLN finished No. 50 in prime time and No. 37 in total day.
USA joins ESPN, AMC, CNBC and FNC among the Top 5 prime time networks.