Fox News Channel finished as the most-watched cable network in both total day and primetime viewers for the week of July 17 through July 23.
FNC has picked up nine consecutive primetime victories, averaging 1.9 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. last week. MSNBC finished second, averaging 1.8 million primetime viewers. In the process, MSNBC confused a lot of media watchdogs on Monday by claiming its first weekday primetime victory in the 21-year history of the cable network.
The industry standard typically includes all seven days of the week and Fox News remains on top when factoring in weekend programming.
MSNBC finished ahead of Fox News as the most-watched cable network during weekday primetime, averaging 2.34 million viewers, so both networks essentially have something to brag about. Either way, cable news is thriving as President Trump continues to make major news on a daily basis.
HGTC, USA and Discovery join Fox News and MSNBC among the top five networks, while CNN averaged 952,000 viewers to finish tenth among all primetime cable networks. Despite MSNBC’s recent success, Fox News remains atop year-to-date ratings across the board.
When it comes to total day viewership, Fox News averaged 1.2 million to win the category for the 29th straight week. Nickelodeon averaged 1.2 million to finish second and no other networks surpassed an average of 1 million viewers. MSNBC averaged 955,000 to come in third, while HGTV and Adult Swim round out the top five. CNN averaged 680,000 total day viewers to finish eight.
Fox News’ sister station, Fox Business Network, also had a nice week. FBN averaged 180,000 viewers during business day to top CNBC’s 141,000 viewers. It’s the seventh straight weekly win for FBN.