Despite a strong showing early in the week from MSNBC, Fox News was the top cable news channel among ad-supported cable networks last week. FNC was third overall in primetime, behind ESPN and USA Network, and fourth overall in total day, behind Nickelodeon, ESPN and USA. FNC averaged 2.12 million viewers in primetime and 1.21 million viewers in total day.
MSNBC still had a strong week, placing 11th in primetime with 1.23 million viewers, and 13th in total day with 637,000. MSNBC was just above TLC in primetime, and just above Investigation Discovery in total day.
CNN was 31st in primetime and total day, averaging 581,000 and 406,000 viewers, respectively. CNN was sandwiched between BET and Hallmark Channel in prime, and Bravo and MTV in total day.
HLN was 47th in primetime and 41st in total day with 274,000 and 221,000 viewers, respectively. Current TV was 87th in primetime and 88th in total day with 43,000 and 34,000 viewers, respectively.
Among business nets: CNBC was 55th in primetime and 51st in total day, averaging 191,000 and 161,000 viewers, respectively. Fox Business was 86th in primetime and 81st in total day with 57,000 and 54,000 viewers, respectively. Bloomberg hasn’t been rated by Nielsen since it launched in the mid-90′s.
The full ranker is below.
All Cable Ranker Week of 9-17-12