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
DateShowNetwork 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