Cable Ratings: Fox News Heads Into Election Topping Total Viewers for 12th Straight Week

Network crushes rivals CNN, MSNBC heading into election week

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Fox News Channel was the most watched cable network among total viewers for the week of Oct. 31 through Nov. 6, marking 12 consecutive weeks that FNC has finished atop the cable ratings.

The network averaged 1.79 million viewers to beat Nickelodeon’s 1.16 million. ESPN, Hallmark and CNN round out the ratings top five, with cable news competitor MSNBC finishing sixth.

In primetime, Fox News topped ESPN and its cable news competition with an average of 3.2 million viewers. For the last 23 weeks, FNC has ranked as one of the top two networks in all of primetime cable.

MSNBC averaged 1.65 million viewers to finish fourth between the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. Nickelodeon, ESPN and Hallmark join FNC and MSNBC in the primetime ratings top five, while CNN finished seventh with an average of 1.21 million viewers.

Among the key news demographic of adults age 25-54, ESPN and AMC were the only networks to edge Fox News in the primetime ratings. NFL-heavy ESPN averaged 1.01 million demo viewers, while Fox News finished third in the category with 657,000. CNN finished 11th with 417,000 primetime demo viewers, while MSNBC finished 16th with 379,000.

ESPN was also the only network to attract more age 25-54 eyeballs among total day viewers than Fox News, averaging 472,000 compared to 394,000. CNN finished 10th in daytime demo ratings with 278,000 and MSNBC finished 17th with 208,000.