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Fox News Rolls On in Quarterly Ratings

Network tops ESPN as sports and news nets vie for Q2 ratings dominance 7/10/2017 8:00 AM Eastern

Fox news channel was the big primetime ratings winner during the second quarter, capturing its second straight quarterly ratings win of 2017. Fox News — propelled by its breaking news coverage of the first few months of President Donald Trump’s administration — also took home ratings honors on a 24-hour basis, according to Nielsen.

TNT’s National Basketball Association Playoffs coverage helped it finish second in primetime for the quarter, holding off a strong performance by cable news network MSNBC, Nielsen reported.

TNT also scored well with its NBA Playoffs coverage. Overall, pro-hoops coverage on TNT and ESPN dominated the Q2 list of most-watched cable shows, capturing eight of the top 10 slots.

The season seven finale of AMC’s zombie series The Walking Dead was the most-watched show of the quarter, according to Nielsen.

While cable news networks finished among the top-rated networks with viewers 2-plus, entertainment-based networks were the choice of adults 18-49, led by Turner-owned networks TNT and TBS, according to Nielsen.

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