Fox News Has Been the Most-Watched Basic Cable Network for 26 Straight Weeks

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News Channel continues to attract more total viewers across the 24-hour day than any other network on basic cable. FNC remained No. 1 in total day viewers for the week of July 2, marking 26 consecutive weeks at No.1 in the daypart, according to Nielsen. Fox News was also No. 1 on basic cable in prime-time viewers, and dominated CNN and MSNBC in all relevant categories this past week.

Fox News also made up three of the top five cable telecasts in total viewers with presentations of Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight. FNC occupied 19 of the top 30 cable telecasts overall in total viewers, including Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle, The Five, The Story with Martha MacCallum and Special Report with Bret Baier.

CNN beat MSNBC among adults 25-54 this past week during prime time and across the 24-hour day. MSNBC defeated CNN in total viewers in both of the aforementioned dayparts.

In total viewers, FNC ranked No. 1 in prime time (2,006,000) and No. 1 in total day (1,272,000) on basic cable. CNN ranked No. 16 in prime time (669,000) and No. 4 in total day (535,000). MSNBC ranked No. 3 in prime time (1,342,000) and No.2 in total day (763,000).

In adults 25-54, FNC averaged 358,000 in prime time and 242,000 in total day. CNN averaged 240,000 in prime time and 168,000 in total day. MSNBC averaged 237,000 in prime time and 144,000 in total day.

Additionally, here’s how Fox Business performed during the week of July 2, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data:

Business Day

FBN: 158,000 total viewers / 20,000 A25-54

CNBC: 136,000 total viewers / 29,000 A25-54

Market Hours

FBN: 162,000 total viewers / 20,000 A25-54

CNBC: 138,000 total viewers / 28,000 A25-54

Here are the top 5 basic cable networks for the week in total viewers:

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime Time (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (2,006,000)
  2. HGTV (1,394,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,342,000)
  4. USA (1,296,000)
  5. History (1,217,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,272,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (914,000)
  3. HGTV (814,000)
  4. MSNBC (763,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (735,000)

Here are the expanded basic cable rankers, first by total viewers and second by adults 25-54:

Basic Cable Ranker: Week of July 2 (Total Viewers)

Basic Cable Ranker: Week of July 2 (A25-54)