Fox News Falls To ESPN, Hallmark In Primetime Ratings
Fox News slipped to third place in primetime cable ratings as Hallmark Channel experienced a holiday boost during the first weekend of December.
The cable news giant still finished first in total day viewership for the week of Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, according to Nielsen Media Research, but fell behind ESPN and Hallmark in primetime. (RELATED: Fox News Crushes CNN, MSNBC In Ratings. Has More Viewers Than Both Networks Combined)
1. ESPN — 2,164,000
2. Hallmark — 2,109,000
3. Fox News — 2,071,000
4. MSNBC — 1,945,000
5. USA — 1,182,000
1. Fox News — 1,327,000
2. Hallmark — 1,159,000
3. MSNBC — 1,070,000
4. Nickelodeon — 821,000
5. ESPN — 782,000
Fox’s primetime ratings were up overall from the previous week, where they also finished third behind ESPN and Hallmark with a mere 1,577,000 viewers. Fox struggled to keep pace as cable watchers celebrating Thanksgiving opted to tune in to football and holiday movies instead of nonstop news.
CNN failed to crack the top five in both primetime and total day viewership last week, plummeting to 11th in primetime behind the Food Network and sixth in total day behind ESPN.
Fox Business Network trounced competitor CNBC in Total Day and Business Day from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, claiming the top three programs in business news. Lou Dobbs’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight” marked its 117th week as the top program in business news.
Fox News marked its 29th month as the top cable news channel in November.