115 Cable Channels Ranked by 2019 Viewership – Yes, Comedy.TV Is Still Dead Last

See how Fox News, ESPN, HGTV, USA and more fared this year

2019 is finally coming to an end, taking with it a decade that saw major changes in the way people watched television. But before we close the book on 2019 and dive into 2020, let’s look back at how the final year of the 2010s treated our favorite cable channels by employing the most hallowed form of year-end content — the ranked list.

For the fourth year in a row, Fox News Channel finished 2019 as the most-watched network on cable, according to Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings. That claim holds true for both primetime (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and total day (6 a.m. to 6 a.m.). As a matter of fact, Fox News is currently enjoying its most-watched year ever in primetime.

ESPN was again runner-up in primetime, but MSNBC bumped the world’s most expensive cable channel to third in total day rankings.

MSNBC, HGTV and Hallmark Channel complete the Top 5 primetime cable networks, according to Nielsen’s Live + Same Day data through Dec. 9. TBS, TNT, USA Network, CNN and History round out the Top 10.

Once again, Comedy.TV ranked dead last in the study, which encompassed 115 networks. The network averaged a paltry 1,000 total viewers across both primetime and the full day, performing even worse than such little-watched networks as Newsy, MTV Classic, beIN Sports and beIN Sports Español.

Looking ahead, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN should all have a pretty excellent 2020 with the presidential election set for next November.

The below Nielsen rankers are in thousands, which means Fox News averaged 2.481 million primetime viewers, just 1,000 fewer total viewers than in 2018. For this story we ignored delayed viewing, which skews hard against news and sports programming. The rankings would change if we included catch-up tuning.

See the full rankings for both primetime and total-day viewership, below.

Primetime (Mon-Sun, 8-11 p.m.)

Rank Network P2+ AA (000)
1 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2,481
2 ESPN 1,784
3 MSNBC 1,753
4 HOME AND GARDEN TV 1,199
5 HALLMARK CHANNEL 1,100
6 TBS NETWORK 1,055
7 TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 1,050
8 USA NETWORK 1,042
9 CNN 972
10 HISTORY 969
11 TLC 945
12 A&E NETWORK 935
13 INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 910
14 DISCOVERY CHANNEL 894
15 FOOD NETWORK 823
16 TV LAND 609
17 FX 605
18 AMC 600
19 BRAVO 598
20 INSP 589
21 LIFETIME TELEVISION 559
22 HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES 500
23 FREEFORM 494
24 ADULT SWIM 493
25 SYFY 476
26 NICK-AT-NITE 473
27 VH1 438
28 ANIMAL PLANET 426
29 MTV 422
29 WETV 422
31 TRAVEL CHANNEL 401
32 GSN 400
32 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 400
34 PARAMOUNT 396
35 THE CARTOON NETWORK 369
36 NICK JR 366
37 COMEDY CENTRAL 339
38 OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK 329
39 BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 328
40 NBC SPORTS NETWORK 327
41 FOX SPORTS 1 318
42 LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 311
43 E! 302
44 ESPN2 300
45 WGN AMERICA 298
46 OXYGEN MEDIA 275
47 SCIENCE 271
48 HLN 267
49 NFL NETWORK 265
50 FXX 251
51 MOTOR TREND 240
52 NAT GEO WILD 236
53 TRUTV 229
54 CMT 222
55 CNBC 218
56 BBC-AMERICA 216
57 IFC TV 214
58 SUNDANCE TV 212
59 FAMILY ENT TV 187
60 DIY NETWORK 186
61 THE WEATHER CHANNEL 180
62 NICKTOONS 173
63 TUDN 172
64 COOKING CHANNEL 140
65 MLB NETWORK 137
66 REELZCHANNEL 135
67 POP 128
68 FX MOVIE CHANNEL 127
69 GALAVISION 126
70 DISNEY XD 124
71 TV ONE 121
72 FYI 104
73 GOLF CHANNEL 101
74 SMITHSONIAN 100
75 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 97
76 AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL 94
77 BOOMERANG 93
78 UP 92
79 RFD-TV 87
80 GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 86
81 NBA-TV 85
81 TEENNICK 85
83 VICELAND 77
84 HALLMARK DRAMA 75
85 MTV2 74
86 DESTINATION AMERICA 72
87 DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 69
87 ESPNU 69
87 OVATION 69
90 UNIVERSO 68
91 TENNIS CHANNEL 65
92 AXS TV 64
93 BIG TEN NETWORK 61
94 FOX DEPORTES 57
94 LOGO 57
96 DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL 51
96 DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL 51
98 BET HER 47
99 ESPN DEPORTES 45
100 DISCOVERY FAMILIA 36
101 ESPNEWS 35
102 BABY FIRST TV 34
103 CINE LATINO 31
104 UNIVERSAL KIDS 29
105 FUSE 28
106 CNN EN ESPANOL 26
107 EL REY 25
108 FOX SPORTS 2 17
109 BEIN SPORT ESPANOL 11
110 JUSTICE CENTRAL 11
111 MTV CLASSIC 9
112 BEIN SPORT 5
113 NEWSY 3
113 ESN LIFESTYLES 3
115 COMEDY.TV 1

Total Day (Mon-Sun, 6 a.m. – 6 a.m.)

Rank Network P2+ AA (000)
1 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1,394
2 MSNBC 990
3 ESPN 719
4 NICKELODEON 687
5 HOME AND GARDEN TV 672
6 INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 657
7 CNN 649
8 HALLMARK CHANNEL 605
9 USA NETWORK 514
10 FOOD NETWORK 513
10 TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 513
12 HISTORY 499
13 A&E NETWORK 478
14 TV LAND 463
15 TBS NETWORK 458
16 TLC 395
17 DISCOVERY CHANNEL 388
18 INSP 357
19 HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES 349
20 THE CARTOON NETWORK 332
21 LIFETIME TELEVISION 318
22 AMC 311
23 FX 304
24 FREEFORM 290
25 GSN 284
26 PARAMOUNT 271
27 MTV 266
28 WETV 263
29 ANIMAL PLANET 256
29 NICK JR 256
31 TRAVEL CHANNEL 249
32 SYFY 247
33 HLN 234
34 COMEDY CENTRAL 228
35 VH1 226
36 BRAVO 225
37 BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 223
38 WGN AMERICA 218
39 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 217
40 LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 212
41 OXYGEN MEDIA 210
42 OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK 185
43 SCIENCE 174
44 THE WEATHER CHANNEL 170
45 E! 166
46 ESPN2 162
47 FOX SPORTS 1 161
48 NICKTOONS 154
49 CMT 151
50 FXX 148
50 MOTOR TREND 148
52 NAT GEO WILD 139
53 NBC SPORTS NETWORK 137
54 TRUTV 135
55 SUNDANCE TV 134
56 BBC-AMERICA 132
57 CNBC 126
57 NFL NETWORK 126
59 IFC TV 112
60 DIY NETWORK 111
61 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 107
62 BOOMERANG 103
63 DISNEY XD 96
64 GOLF CHANNEL 92
65 FAMILY ENT TV 90
66 FX MOVIE CHANNEL 87
67 COOKING CHANNEL 83
68 TV ONE 82
69 TEENNICK 79
70 REELZCHANNEL 76
71 MLB NETWORK 72
71 AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL 72
73 UP 66
74 FYI 65
75 POP 64
76 MTV2 62
77 SMITHSONIAN 59
78 GALAVISION 54
79 TUDN 53
80 GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 50
81 TENNIS CHANNEL 49
82 HALLMARK DRAMA 48
83 LOGO 47
83 DESTINATION AMERICA 47
85 OVATION 41
86 NBA-TV 40
87 VICELAND 37
88 ESPNU 35
89 UNIVERSO 33
89 BABY FIRST TV 33
91 ESPNEWS 32
91 BET HER 32
91 DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL 32
91 BIG TEN NETWORK 32
95 DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 31
96 UNIVERSAL KIDS 30
97 DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL 29
98 RFD-TV 27
99 AXS TV 26
100 CINE LATINO 22
100 EL REY 22
102 FOX DEPORTES 21
103 ESPN DEPORTES 19
104 FUSE 16
105 DISCOVERY FAMILIA 15
105 CNN EN ESPANOL 15
107 FOX SPORTS 2 12
107 BEIN SPORT ESPANOL 12
109 BEIN SPORT 6
109 JUSTICE CENTRAL 6
109 MTV CLASSIC 6
112 NEWSY 3
113 ESN LIFESTYLES 2
114 COMEDY.TV 1

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