Last week’s coverage of turmoil in Baltimore was an obvious boon to cable news ratings, with Fox News experiencing the most significant bump: The network ranked #1 in total day viewership and #2 in primetime total viewership among all basic cable outlets for the week.
The week’s victory in total day viewership marks the second time this year that Fox News has topped the cable giants like USA Network.
According to Nielsen ratings data, Fox’s coverage of the Baltimore protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray racked up an average of 1.17M total day viewers, putting them ahead of TNT’s 1.09M, Adult Swim’s 1.06M, Nickelodeon’s 1.03M, and USA’s 943K. For the same category, CNN came in 10th place with 696K and MSNBC finished 27th with 342K.
The last time Fox won a week’s worth of total day was the week of February 2, when a Jordanian pilot was captured and burned alive by ISIS combatants.
And in total primetime viewership for the week, Fox ranked #2 with 2.05M, ahead of ESPN, TBS, and USA, but falling behind TNT’s 2.53M. CNN finished 8th with 1.15M, while MSNBC placed 25th with 530K.
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