Fox News Channel continued to wear cable’s primetime ratings crown last week, according to Nielsen.
Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers top all cable networks for the week of April 10 to April 16, according to Nielsen. Fox News topped the primetime ratings charts for the 12th time in the last 13 weeks even as Bill O'Reilly, host of the network's highest rated series The O’Reilly Factor, was on vacation for the majority of the week. Even without a full week of O’Reilly – who recently has been mired in controversy regarding several sexual harassment complaints – the series finshed the week with three of cable's top 10 most watched shows, according to Nielsen.
MSNBC finished second with 1.5 million viewers, followed by HGTV and TNT, both of which averaged 1.4 million viewers for the week. ESPN was fifth with 1.3 million viewers, followed by USA Network and Discovery Channel with 1.2 million viewers each, and History, TBS and Investigation Discovery -- all tied with 1.1 million watchers, according to Nielsen.
Fox News finished as the most watched network on a 24 hour basis for the 15th straight week, followed by Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, HGTV and MSNBC.
TNT was the top choice for adult 18-49 viewers in primetime for the week, while Adult Swim topped all networks on a 24-hour basis within the demo, said Nielsen.
Most Watched Shows On Cable During the Week of April 10 to April 16
4/16 NBA Playoffs—OKC/Houston TNT 5.1 million
4/16 NBA Playoffs—Chicago/Boston TNT 5.1 million
4/10 The O’Reilly Factor Fox News 3.7 million
4/11 The O’Reilly Factor Fox News 3.6 million
4/10 WWE Entertainment USA 3.6 million
4/10 WWE Entertainment USA 3.4 million
4/10 WWE Entertainment USA 3.2 million
4/15 NBA Playoffs—Memphis/San Antonio ESPN 3.1 million
4/13 The O’Reilly Factor Fox News 3.1 million
4/11 WWE SmackDown USA 3.1 million