Fox News Winning Streak Hits 13 Weeks

By Chris Ariens 

With all eyes on Washington, viewers continue to flock to news channels over entertainment and sports cable networks.

According to the Nielsen weekly rankings, Fox News Channel was the most-watched basic cable network last week in prime time, followed by MSNBC in 2nd place and CNN in 10th. Fox News was also No. 1 in total day viewing, with MSNBC in 3rd, and CNN finishing 5th.

This was Fox News’s 13th straight week at No. 1 in total day. The four episodes that Bill O’Reilly hosted were the top 4 cable news shows last week. (He doesn’t host on Fridays.)


FNC’s big wins come as the cable channel finds itself squarely in the news: O’Reilly is losing advertisers following a New York Times investigation into payments made to accusers; the network was sued Monday by contributor Julie Roginsky who claims sexual harassment and retaliation; and a third woman, a current employee in the accounting department, joined a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time (P2+)

Fox News (2,328,000)
MSNBC (1,744,000)
USA (1,524,000)
HGTV (1,511,000)
ESPN (1,475,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (P2+)

Fox News (1,383,000)
Nickelodeon (1,135,000)
MSNBC (938,000)
HGTV (835,000)
CNN (765,000)

Here’s the cable ranker for the week of March 27, 2017:

Top Cable Networks | Week of March 27, 2017 by tvnewser on Scribd