Fox News Is Most-Watched Basic Cable Network in Total Day for 12 Straight Weeks

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News continues to win the weekly cable ratings race in total day. The network extended its winning streak to 12 weeks by winning the week of March 26.

FNC is home to 8 of the 25 most-watched basic cable telecasts from last week, but finished second place in total prime time viewers behind TBS, which aired the NCAA tournament last week, including the Final Four.

Perhaps due to that NCAA tournament coverage, FNC was down year over year in total prime time viewers (-11 percent) and in total day viewers (-10 percent).


MSNBC held onto second place in total viewers last week, but in a rare occurrence, it was slightly down year-over-year in prime time (-1 percent); but the network was +2 percent in total day viewers.

CNN was -12 percent in total prime time viewers, and -13 percent in total day viewers versus the comparable week in 2017.

Here’s the basic cable top 5, both in prime time and in total day viewers.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime Time (Total Viewers)

  1. TBS (2,364,000)
  2. Fox News (2,076,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,730,000)
  4. HGTV (1,446,000)
  5. ESPN (1,324,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,249,000)
  2. MSNBC (958,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (928,000)
  4. HGTV (825,000)
  5. TBS (792,000)

Additionally, below are the weekly basic cable network rankers. The first is sorted by total viewers, and the second is sorted by adults 25-54:


Basic Cable Ranker: Week of March 26 (Total Viewers)

Basic Cable Ranker: Week of March 26 (A25-54)