Fox Sports 1 hit a major ratings home run last week, finishing first among all cable networks in primetime on the strength of its Major League Baseball playoffs coverage.
FS1 averaged 3.6 million viewers during the week of Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 to top Fox News’s 2.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The sports network’s MLB post season coverage represented half of the most watched shows during the week, led by its record 7.2 million viewers for its Oct. 16 Game 2 telecast of the Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship Series.
TBS, which is airing the Toronto Blue Jays-Cleveland Indians American League Championship Series, finished third with 2.1 million viewers, followed by ESPN’s 2 million average viewers.
MSNBC (1.6 million viewers), CNN and USA (tied with 1.4 million viewers) all finished among the top 10 most watched cable networks along with Discovery and HGTV (tied with 1.2 million) and Disney Channel (1.1 million).
Fox News was the most watched cable network on a 24-hour basis last week, besting Nickelodeon, CNN, Adult Swim and MSNBC.
FS1 was the top choice in primetime among adults 18-49 during the week, while Adult Swim drew the most viewers in the demo on a total day basis.
Most Watched Cable Shows During The Week of Oct. 10 to Oct. 16
Date Show Network Total Viewers
10/10 Monday Night Football ESPN 9.0 million
10/16 MLB Championship Series FS1 7.2 million
10/11 MLB NL Division Series FS1 6.3 million
10/15 MLB NL Championship Series FS1 5.9 million
10/13 MLB NL Division Series FS1 4.5 million
10/14 MLB ALCS TBS 4.1 million
10/10 MLB NL Division Series FS1 4.1 million
10/20 MLB Division Series TBS 4.0 million
10/12 The O’Reilly Factor Fox News 3.7 million
10/10 The O’Reilly Factor Fox News 3.5 million