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Fox News Channel Tops Weekly Primetime Cable Ratings

News Sector Leader Benefits from State Of The Union Coverage; USA Second, ESPN Third 2/05/2014 9:30 AM Eastern



Buoyed by its State of the Union coverage, Fox News Channel finished first among all cable networks in primetime last week.

Fox News Channel averaged 2.3 million viewers from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, according to Nielsen data, its top delivery since the week of April 15, 2013, when the Boston Marathon bombing topped the news and the service also led the cable crowd.

The news sector leader edged perennial ratings topper USA Network, which placed with 2.21 million watchers. ESPN was third with 2.08 million, ahead of History’s 2.02 and Disney Channel’s 1.94.

Rounding out the top 10: TBS with 1.84 million; Discovery delivering 1.46 million; TNT tallying 1.45 million; FX figuring with 1.37 million; and A&E counting 1.354 million. HGTV narrowly missed the top 10, with 1.353 million watchers.   

Gauged on a total-day basis, Nickelodeon was first with 1.79 million, Disney second with 1.51 million and USA third with 1.36 million. Adult Swim and Fox News were fourth and fifth, respectively, with 1.25 million and 1.24 million.

A&E’s Duck Dynasty was the top show of the week, drawing 7.49 million viewers on Jan. 29. USA’s WWE presentations on Jan. 27 ranked second (4.85 million at 8 p.m.), third (4.84 million at 9 p.m.) and ninth (4.47 million at 10 p.m.), respectively.

ESPN’s coverage of Syracuse’s epic win over Duke at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 1 was fourth for the week with 4.75 million.

Fox News claimed spots five through seven: its State of the Union coverage on Jan. 28 averaged 4.72 million from 9:14 p.m. to 10:20,  followed by its analysis in the next 12 minutes that garnered 4.63 million watchers and the GOP response that pulled in 4.54 million from 10:32 to 10:42.

Discovery original drama Gold Rush was eighth with 4.49 million on Jan. 31 and FX’s American Horror Story was 10th with 4.24 million on Jan. 29.


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