Cable News Nets Dominate February Ratings

Fox News Wins Primetime; CNN Posts Biggest Gains

Cable news networks dominated the February primetime ratings race with Fox News finishing as the most watched network and CNN posting the largest year-to- year gains.

Fox News averaged 2.18 million viewers for the period of  Feb. 1 to Feb. 28,  up 21% from the same period last year, according to Nielsen. USA finished second with 1.8 million viewers, down 8% from February 2015, followed by HGTV (1.7 million viewers, up 13% from the year prior).

CNN drew 1.5 million viewers, up a whopping 207% from February 2015, tying AMC, which was down 16% from last year.

AMC was the top choice among adults 18-49 in primetime, while TBS was tops among adults 25-54 during the month.

Fox News was the most watched network among adults 25-54, besting Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Adult Swim, and HGTV, according to Nielsen.

Most Watched Shows During The Month of February 2016

Date    Show                                                   Network                     Total Viewers

2/25   Texas GOP Debate                            CNN                            13.1 million

2/28   The Walking Dead                            AMC                            12.7 million

2/25   Texas GOP Debate                            CNN                              7.4 million

2/28   Talking Dead                                     AMC                              4.8 million

2/22   WWE Monday Night Raw                 USA                               4.2 million

2/26   Gold Rush                                           Discovery                     4.1 million

2/22   WWE Monday Night Raw                 USA                               4.0 million

2/25   Texas GOP Post-Debate                    CNN                              3.8 million

2/23   The O’Reilly Factor                            Fox News                      3.6 million

2/23   Fixer Upper                                       HGTV                            3.4 million

Source: Nielsen