Ratings

ESPN Takes Top Spot in Weekly Cable Primetime Ratings Race

Fox News is top cable network on a total-day basis 10/03/2017 3:08 PM Eastern

ESPN ran over its cable network competitors last week, winning the weekly cable primetime ratings race for the third straight week.

ESPN averaged 3.1 million viewers to easily top second place Fox News’ 2.2 million viewers for the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, according to Nielsen. MSNBC finished in third place with 1.6 million viewers, followed by USA’s 1.3 million viewers and HGTV and TBS, which tied with 1.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

CNN (970,000 viewers), Hallmark Channel (947,000), Investigation Discovery (887,000) and Food Network (876,000) rounded out the top 10 most watched cable networks for the week.

Fox News was the most watched cable network on a 24-hour basis last week, topping ESPN, Nickelodeon, MSNBC, and Adult Swim, respectively. ESPN was the top choice for adults 18-49 in primetime and on a 24-hour basis, according to Nielsen.

 

The Most Watched Cable Shows For The Week Of 9/25-10/1

Date      Show                                                                                                   Network                              Total Viewers

9/25       Monday Night Football-Cowboys-Cardinals                                               ESPN                                  13.6 million

9/28       Thursday Night Football-Bears-Packers (8-9:16 pm)                                 NFL Network                         3.9 million

9/26       Hannity                                                                                                Fox News                              3.8 million

9/28       Hannity                                                                                                Fox News                              3.7 million

9/28       Thursday Night Football-Bears-Packers (10-12:13 am)                             NFL Network                          3.6 million

9/28       Thursday Night Football-Bears-Packers (weather delay)                            NFL Network                           3.2 million

9/25       Hannity                                                                                                Fox News                              3.2 million

9/25       WWE Monday Night Raw (8-9 pm)                                                          USA                                      3.1 million

9/27       Hannity                                                                                                Fox News                              3.1 million

9/25       SportsCenter                                                                                        ESPN                                    3.0 million

Source: Nielsen

 

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