FNC was behind Nickelodeon in total day last week, next to ESPN in primetime
Fox News Channel is regularly No. 1 in cable news, but last week it was No. 2 across all of cable — a rare feat for the channel. CNN did not crack the Top 10 and MSNBC finished outside the Top 25.
The last time that FNC was second across cable in total day was April 15, 2013's coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. In primetime, Fox last accomplished the feat July 14 of this year, which was during breaking news of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and turmoil on the Gaza Strip.
Last week, cable news benefitted from the Ferguson, Mo. protests, the ISIS beheading of journalist James Foley, and the Northern California earthquake.
For the total day metric — which Nielsen measures from 3 a.m. to 3 a.m. — FNC led cable news nets with 1.261 million total viewers (247,000 in the key 25-54 demographic).
CNN was second with 648,000 total viewers (220,000 in the demo). MSNBC was third with 368,000 total viewers (111,000 in the demo).
In primetime, Fox News earned 2.248 total viewers, 365,000 in the demo. CNN received 821,000 total viewers, 316,000. MSNBC got 597,000 total viewers, 158,000 in the demo.
Last week, FNC's “The Kelly File” hit a demo high for the year.
“Hannity” pulled in its largest total audience and the biggest demo number since it moved to 10 p.m. last year.
It certainly didn't hurt that this is August and other cable viewing is generally down in the summer.