CNN Loses In Quarterly Ratings To Home And Garden Television


Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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Fox News marked its 66th consecutive quarter as the most-watched cable television network as rival CNN failed to top even Home and Garden Network and the Discovery Channel.

According to Nielsen Media Research’s ratings for the second quarter of 2018, Fox finished number one in both total day and primetime viewers. The network averaged 1,409,000 million in total viewers and 2,447,000 in primetime viewers and claimed 10 of the top 15 shows in total viewers.

“Hannity” was the most-watched cable news program with 3,368,000 average viewers, besting the 2,752,000 average viewers for MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show.”

MSNBC finished second in total viewers behind Fox and third in primetime behind Fox and TNT, which received a major boost from the NBA playoffs.

Meanwhile, CNN sat at tenth for primetime behind networks like ESPN, HGTV, Investigation Discovery and History. In total viewers, CNN finished seventh behind Nickelodeon and HGTV, among others.

In primetime, CNN didn’t even hit half as many viewers as Fox, managing just an average of 929,000 viewers.

Fox Business Network also bested competitor CNBC, marking its seventh consecutive quarter as the number one network in business news. Maria Bartiromo’s show “Mornings with Maria” outpaced CNBC’s “Squawk Box” for the first quarter ever.

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