Fox News Most-Watched Basic Cable Network in Both Primetime and Total Day Outpacing ESPN & USA Network in Primetime

Categories: Cable News Ratings,Cable TV

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October 23rd, 2012

Sure, it's debate season but it's also Monday Night Football and MLB playoffs season and according to Nielsen data, Fox News  was the #1 most-watched network in basic cable in both primetime and total day last week (10/15-10/21).  The last time FNC was #1 for the week was the week of the 2012 GOP convention 8/27/12-9/2/12, which included three nights of primetime coverage. FNC, outpaced ESPN and USA Network in primetime hours, averaging 3.7 million viewers.

Additionally, FNC had the #2 telecast in all of cable behind Monday Night Football on ESPN which delivered 12.8 million viewers from 8:30-11:51pm to FNC’s Presidential Debate which delivered 11.1 million viewers from 9-10:39pm, which came in ahead of The Walking Dead's premiere which drew 10.9 million viewers.

In Primetime,  FNC had its highest-rated week  in total viewers since the week of the Palin/Biden debate (9/29/08-10/5/08). Meanwhile, in prime, MSNBC ranked #6 and CNN at #16.  In total day, MSNBC was #12 and CNN was #24. Rounding out the top 5 in cable in Primetime: FNC, ESPN, USA, TBS and History.  In Total Day, the top five are: FNC, NICK, ADSM, ESPN and USA.

 

 

 

 
  • Coffee Steve

    Jolly Good Show Fox, Congrats

  • Hillbilly

    Mark2 will be along shortly to say Robert Seidman works for Fox News. ;)

  • Ultima

    Drudge is reporting that FOX News pulled 11.5 million for last night’s debate, which would be a new record for them.

  • James C.

    No one’s going to buy ads after Nov. 6 based on this.

  • Dave

    Mark2 is probably having a brain fart, his doctors suggested to him to stop sitting on his head

  • Katherine

    These are total viewers, right? What were the demos?

  • Tim

    fox News kicks Ass, what else is there to know….

  • Ultima

    @Katherine
    These are total viewers, right? What were the demos?

    For the debate, they had a 2.9 Adults 25-54 rating and a 2.2 Adults 18-49 rating.

    No idea what their averages are for the week were other than the primetime Adults 18-49 average was a 0.5 (keep in mind that is not the target demo for cable news networks).

  • Mark2

    Hey Hillybilly, this is what Fox News normally draws for the Debates…no news here. I’m just glad so many Republicans tuned in to watch Two Liberals competing for the oval office. I juts felt sorry for those Right-Wingers who realized they voted for a Liberal during the Primaries, LOL

  • Mark2

    Poor Fox News, even when they break their own record, they still come in 3rd place. LMAO!!!

    #1 – NBC: 12,391,341

    #2 – ABC: 11,730,247

    #3 – FNC: 11,474,835

  • Hillbilly

    Mark2
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Poor Fox News, even when they break their own record, they still come in 3rd place. LMAO!!!

    #1 – NBC: 12,391,341

    #2 – ABC: 11,730,247

    #3 – FNC: 11,474,835

    ——————-

    You know Steve Perry? Comparing broadcast to cable is an apple vs oranges comparison. :???:

  • TVMAN

    @Mark22. HillBilly?? You think just because someone is a republican , it means their a hillbilly? I’m a republican, and I come from Chicago and well educated. Also CBS and NBc are MAJOR networks, so for FOX to get over 11 Million viewers, is amazing. No matter what you say

  • Ralph Hahn

    What kind of idiot would say that the #1 cable news network’s coverage of the debate would get the kind of audience that BROADCAST television gets? Or, to quote Hillbilly

  • Ralph Hahn

    (continued) >>>…Comparing broadcast to cable is an apple vs oranges comparison. <<<

    So true.

  • cas127

    Re: Apples to oranges…

    I think the specific numbers are something along the lines that broadcast TV (NBC/CBS/ABC/FOX/and, allegedly, the CW…) has access to about 15 million television households (or about 33 million viewers) that don’t subscribe to any pay TV (cable/satellite).

    So for Fox News to even be in the ballpark with the broadcast nets is pretty damn impressive.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Heard outside NBC Studio 3A, the home of MSNBC: “We’re Number 6…We’re Number 6….etc…

    Heard loud & proud outside CNN’s studios in the Time-Warner center…”We’re Number 16…(only heard once because it takes too much time to say sixteen).

  • Ralph Hahn

    @TVMAN: Hillbilly is on our side. He just posted another piece of s–t from one of The Marks just as a reference point. Hillbilly’s own comment began with “Steve Perry”… Who posted? Was it the dumb one, or the dumber one? ;-)

  • TVMAN

    @ Ralph. I feel stupid….

  • Steve

    When will these FoxNews watchers finally realize that they ARE the “lame-stream” media???

  • Hillbilly

    The Steve Perry reference is to a poster who always posted the big 3′s nighty news cast numbers in the cable news section saying..”cable news is dead/dying.” As cas127 & myself (and others) pointed you can’t compare the two. Mark2 doesn’t understand that when FNC beats broadcast thats news. If broadcast beats beats cable thats not news. I see he didn’t mess with Robert Seidman like he does Sara Bibel. :grin:

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