With the holiday TV season in full swing, ESPN and Hallmark Channel battled to a first place tie in last week’s primetime cable ratings race, according to Nielsen.
ESPN, bolstered by its coverage of the final weeks of both college football and NFL Monday Night Football regular season schedules, and Hallmark – boosted by its annual original holiday movie lineup --tied for the top spot among cable networks for the period of Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 with 2.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
Fox News was close behind in third place with 2 million viewers, followed by MSNBC with 1.9 million viewers, and USA Network and HGTV, which tied with 1.1 million viewers.
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries (1 million), History, AMC, Food Network, CNN, Investigation Discovery and TBS Network all tied with 1 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
Fox News Channel was tops on a 24-hour basis, followed by Hallmark Channel, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, and ESPN, said Nielsen.