Cable Ratings: Fox News Wins Week, MSNBC Beats CNN

FNC has been the most-watched cable network among total day viewers for six straight weeks


Fox News Channel finished No. 1 in all of basic cable in both primetime and total day viewers for the week of Aug. 1, while MSNBC beat CNN for the 11th time in 2016.

Fox News has been the highest-rated network during primetime in eight of the past nine weeks and has won the total-day crown for six straight weeks. The network averaged 2.3 million viewers in primetime and 1.3 million viewers in total day last week.

MSNBC finished No. 6 in primetime and No. 8 in total day, while CNN finished No. 9 in primetime and No. 10 in total day. MSNBC’s second-place finish is notable, as CNN won the primetime demo for the entire month of July. Last week, MSNBC averaged 1.22 million primetime viewers compared to 986,000 for CNN.

USA, HGTV, TBS and The History Channel round out the top five networks in primetime. Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Nick At Nite join Fox News in the total day top five.

The season finale of “Legends & Lies: The Patriots,” which examined the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, aired on Sunday night. The show averaged 1.7 million viewers, up 35 percent from Season 1, throughout it’s nine-week run.

Fox News is on track to have its highest-rated year ever and July was the network’s fifth-highest-rated month ever. Among all cable news networks, Fox News had the top 11 programs in total viewers and seven out of the top 10 in the demo last month.