Fox News Delivers Largest Weekday Average Ever in Total Viewers

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News had a big election week, ratings-wise. The network marked a milestone by achieving its best five-day week ever in total audience for both prime time (6 million) and total day (3.4 million), per Nielsen.  In addition, FNC beat all basic cable networks in total day in both total audience and with A25-54 (1 million) and ranked No. 1 in total prime time viewers.

Taking the complete election week into account (Mon, 11/7 – Sun, 11/13), FNC averaged 4.9 million total prime time viewers and 3.4 million total day viewers, which also ranks No. 1 across basic cable.

The network delivered the two most-watched cable programs for the week with America’s Election Headquarters, which beat Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Several programs delivered their best weeks ever in both total viewers and demo, including America’s Newsroom, Happening Now, Outnumbered, The Five and Hannity.

CNN had a very strong week in its own right. It was the No. 2 basic cable network in prime time and total day viewers, and the No. 1 basic cable network of the week in prime time among A25-54. Additionally, among adults 18-34 in weekday prime, CNN ranked #1 in all of TV (cable and broadcast) last week.

MSNBC ranked No. 5 in total prime time viewers for the entire week of Nov. 7, and finished No. 4 in total day viewers.

ESPN ranked No. 3 for the week in total prime time viewers, followed by Hallmark Channel, which is already airing its annual made-for-TV holiday movies. Nickelodeon ranked No. 3 in total day viewers, with Hallmark coming in at No. 5.

HLN ranked No. 47 in prime time viewers, and No. 35 in total day viewers. CNBC ranked No. 50 in prime time viewers, and No. 55 in total day viewers.

Fox Business Network ranked No. 46 in prime time viewers, and No. 38 in total day viewers. FBN delivered its most-watched week ever in business day (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET) with 315,000 total viewers and 49,000 A25-54.

Basic Cable Ranker: Week of Nov. 7 (Total Viewers)