Fox News Tops Basic Cable Ratings as Network Adds Female Executives

Suzanne Scott’s first week in charge marks FNC’s 18th straight victory

Bret Baier

Fox News Channel was the most-watched network among all of cable for the 18th straight week as the network makes changes to revamp its leadership with female voices after a series of sexual harassment allegations.

Fox News was the only basic cable network to average over one-million total day viewers, finishing with 1.12 million. TNT, Nickelodeon, HGTV and Adult Swim join FNC to round out the top five.

Though the network came in second overall thanks to its daytime numbers, TNT’s NBA Playoff-heavy lineup averaged 3.1 million viewers to win the primetime crown, as Fox News finished second averaging 2.1 million. ESPN, MSNBC and HGTV round out the top five networks from 8-11 p.m.

On Monday, Fox News named Marianne Gambelli the network’s new president of ad sales. The move gives FNC another female executive after Suzanne Scott was recently promoted to president of programming and Amy Listerman took over as CFO last week.

Fox’s leadership team that has lost founding CEO Roger Ailes and former co-president Bill Shine amid the harassment allegations. Luckily for Murdoch, viewers of Fox News are extremely loyal and the network hasn’t seen a ratings decline despite the management shakeup.

During Scott’s first week running the programming, Fox News’ 2.1 million primetime viewers nearly beat cable news rivals MSNBC (1.4 million) and CNN (778,000) combined. Fox News also won across the board in the key news demo of adults age 25-54, averaging 426,000 primetime demo viewers compared to 328,000 for MSNBC and 283,000 for CNN.