Fox News Squeaks Out Weekly Cable Ratings Wins

Fights off MSNBC, Nickelodeon to keep ratings streaks alive

Fox News Channel fought off strong challenges from MSNBC and Nickelodeon to remain atop the weekly cable ratings charts, according to Nielsen. 

FNC’s 1.9 million primetime total viewers during the week of July 17-23 was enough to hold off a strong charge from MSNBC, which averaged 1.8 million viewers for the period, to win the category for the ninth consecutive week, according to Nielsen. 

HGTV was third, with 1.5 million viewers, followed by Disney Channel’s 1.4 million viewers. USA Network and Discovery Channel tied for fifth with 1.3 million viewers each.

TBS (1.2 million viewers), History (1.1 million), Hallmark Channel (1 million), Investigation Discovery (963,000) and CNN (952,000) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks for the week.

Fox News Channel and Nickelodeon tied for first place among total viewers, with each network averaging 1.2 million viewers, marking the 29th consecutive week Fox News has held or shared the top spot. Disney Chanel, MSNBC and HGTV followed closely behind, according to Nielsen. 

USA Network was the top choice among adult 18-49 viewers in primetime, while Adult Swim finished first in the demo on a total day basis, said Nielsen.

Most Watched Shows July 17-July 23

DateShowNetworkTotal Viewers

7/23   Game of Thrones                                           HBO                            9.2 million

7/21   Descendants 2                                               Disney Channel           5.3 million

7/23   Phelps vs Shark                                             Discovery Channel       4.7 million

7/21   Raven’s Home                                                Disney Channel           3.5 million

7/21   Andi Mack                                                      Disney Channel           3.4 million

7/17   WWE Monday Night Raw (9-10 pm)                 USA Network               3.2 million

7/17   WWE Monday Night Raw (8-9 pm)                   USA Network               3.1 million

7/17   WWE Monday Night Raw (10-11 pm)               USA Network               3.0 million

7/23   Shark-Croc Showdown                                   Discovery Channel       3.0 million

7/20   The Rachel Maddow Show                                     MSNBC                  3.0 million

Source: Nielsen