Cable Ranker: With Iowa Coverage, Fox News Is No. 1, CNN Is No. 6

By Chris Ariens 

The 2016 presidential race continues to be a ratings winner for the cable news channels. For the third week in a row, Fox News is the No. 1 cable network. FNC averaged 2.3 million viewers for total day, enough to beat sister network FX, which saw record-breaking ratings for its O.J. Simpson miniseries.

CNN was an impressive No. 6 for the week in prime time, while MSNBC was No. 9. By comparison, for the month of January, FNC was No. 2, CNN was No. 17 and MSNBC was No. 23 in prime time.

Cable news’s No. 1 show The O‚ÄôReilly Factor averaged 3.3 million viewers and 540,000 in the A25-54 demo. It’s the 5th consecutive week O’Reilly has averaged more than three million viewers, the longest 3+ million viewer streak in more than three years, since the run-up to the 2012 election.

Cable News Ranker: Week of Feb. 1, 2016