Fox News Channel And Fox Business Network Ranked In Top Five Basic Cable Primetime For Week

FBN Scored #1 Telecast in All of Cable with Tuesday’s GOP Debate

FNC Ranked #1 in Basic Cable Total Day Fueled by Paris Coverage

According to Nielsen, during the week of 11/9-11/15, both FOX News Channel (FNC) and FOX Business Network (FBN) finished in the top 5 basic cable primetime in total viewers. Fueled by the Paris terrorist attack coverage, FNC delivered 2.3 million viewers in primetime (8-11PM/ET), ranking #2 in basic cable primetime and #1 in total day with 1,395,000 viewers. Over the weekend in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, FNC was the #1 cable news channel in total viewers. For Saturday and Sunday, FNC averaged 1,346,000 viewers and 280,000 in the key demo up 98% in viewers and 109% in the demo compared to the 2015 average.

FBN had the #1 rated program in all of cable last week with Tuesday night’s GOP debate, pulling in a network record breaking 13.5 million total viewers and 3.7 million viewers in the A25-54 demo. The debate helped place FBN at #4 in basic cable primetime.

Meanwhile, the competition was unable to crack the top 16 with MSNBC ranking 22nd and CNN ranking 16th in primetime total viewers.

Fox News Channel FNC

Week 11/9-11/15

Top 5 – Primetime (P2+)

  1. ESPN (2,825,000)
  2. FNC (2,321,000)
  3. Hallmark (1,767,000)
  4. FBN (1,622,000)
  5. AMC (1,498,000)

Top 5 – Total Day (P2+)

  1. FNC (1,395,000)
  2. NICK (1,219,000)
  3. Adult Swim (1,060,000)
  4. ESPN (1,008,000)
  5. Hallmark (894,000)

Cable News Rankings (P2+)

  • FNC ranked #2 in primetime (2,321,000 P2+) and #1 in total day (1,395,000 P2+)
  • CNN ranked #16 in primetime (987,000 P2+) and #10 in total day (728,000 P2+)
  • MSNBC ranked #22 in primetime (713,000 P2+) and #21 in total day (432,000 P2+)
  • FBN ranked #4 in primetime (1,622,000 P2+) and #20 in total day (432,000 P2+)
Saturday-SundayP 2+P 25-54
NetworkPeriodDatesTimeDays(000s)% diff(000s)% diff
FOXNParis attack11/14/15-11/15/1506:00A -06:00A _____SS1346280
FOXN2015 to date12/29/14-11/08/1506:00A -06:00A_____SS68198%134109%
CNN Paris attack11/14/15-11/15/1506:00A -06:00A _____SS1048346
CNN2015 to date12/29/14-11/08/1506:00A -06:00A_____SS442137%130166%
MSNBParis attack11/14/15-11/15/1506:00A -06:00A _____SS32985
MSNB2015 to date12/29/14-11/08/1506:00A -06:00A_____SS27719%107-21%