Fox News Regains Weekly Primetime Ratings Crown

Stops TNT’s three week run as most watched cable network

Fox News rebounded from consecutive weekly ratings losses to TNT to regain the top spot as the most watched cable network in primetime, according to Nielsen. 

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers during the week of May 8 to May 14 to stop TNT’s NBA Playoffs-infused, three-week ratings winning streak, according to Nielsen. TNT tied with MSNBC for second place with 1.8 million viewers, followed by ESPN’s 1.6 million watchers. 

TBS and HGTV tied for fifth with 1.3 million viewers, followed by USA Network (1.2 million), CNN and Discovery Channel (tied with 1.1 million) and History and NBCSN (tied with 1 million.) 

Fox News was the most watched network on a 24-hour basis for the 19th consecutive week, besting Nickelodeon, MSNBC, CNN and Adult Swim, said Nielsen. 

TNT was the most watched cable network among adults 18-49, while Adult Swim was the top choice on a 24-hour basis in the demo.

Most Watched Shows During The Week of May 8 to May 14*

Date   Show                                                             Network      Total Viewers       

5/9    NBA Playoffs (Hou./San Antonio)                         TNT               4.7 million

5/8    NBA Playoffs (Golden State/ Utah)                       TNT               4.5 million

5/12  NBA Playoffs (Boston/Washington)                       ESPN             4.2 million

5/11  NBA Playoffs (San Antonio/Hou)                           ESPN             4.1 million

5/10  NBA Playoffs (Washington/Boston)                        TNT              3.7 million

5/9    Special* (8-9 pm)                                               Fox News      3.4 million

5/9    Special* (9-10 pm)                                             MSNBC         3.3 million

5/9    Special* (10-11 pm)                                           Fox News      3.2 million

5/9    Special* (9-10 pm)                                             Fox News      3.2 million

5/9    NBA Playoffs Post Game Show                             TNT              3.0 million

*Special news programming surrounding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey

Source: Nielsen