Fox News is Cable’s Most-Watched Network For 15 Consecutive Weeks

By A.J. Katz 

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Another week, another ratings win for Fox News Channel. The network once again ranked No. 1 across all of cable news in total day viewers and in total prime time viewers. The week of April 10 marks the 15th consecutive week that Fox News ranked No. 1 across cable in total day viewers, per Nielsen. FNC has also been No. 1 in prime time audience for 12 of the past 13 weeks.

Here are the top 5 in prime time and total day for the week of April 10, 2017:

Basic Cable Top 5 – Primetime (P2+)

  1. Fox News (2,380,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,515,000)
  3. HGTV (1,464,000)
  4. TNT  (1,411,000)
  5. ESPN (1,331,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (P2+)

  1. Fox News (1,542,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,097,000)
  3. HGTV (831,000)
  4. MSNBC (793,000)
  5. Adult Swim (774,000)


Fox News, which ranked No. 1 in prime time this week last year, posted +31 percent year-over-year growth in the daypart this past week. FNC also grew +45 percent in total day.

MSNBC was the No. 2 cable network in prime time, and the No. 4 cable network in total day viewing this past week. The network also had a massive ratings week relative to last year, growing +106 percent in prime time viewers and +74 percent in total day. That’s more year-over-year growth than any other cable news network.

CNN ranked No. 11 in total prime time viewers, and No. 8 in total day viewers this past week. The network stumbled in prime time relative to the same week last year (-28 percent), but that was a week when CNN had three highly-rated Town Halls and a Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders debate in Brooklyn. CNN still managed to post year-over-year total day audience growth (+19 percent).

CNBC ranked No. 44 in total prime time viewers, and No. 53 in total day viewers this past week. The network posted -6 percent year-over-year decline in prime time, and -3 percent decline in total day.

HLN ranked No. 47 in prime time, and No. 39 in total day this past week. The network struggled in both dayparts relative to last year, posting -23 percent year-over audience declines in the process.

Fox Business once again posted year-over-year total audience growth in the key dayparts, both prime time (+29 percent) and in total day (+48 percent). In addition, FBN beat CNBC in Business Day viewers (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET) for the 14th consecutive week.

Basic Cable Ranker: Week of April 10 (Total Viewers)