With the battle for ratings supremacy in the cable news space hardly a battle anymore, Fox News appears ready to take on all of cable. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that FNC ended the summer quarter as the most-watched cable channel in prime time — topping even cable powerhouses such as USA and ESPN.
It was the first time in more than a decade that FNC completed a quarter at No. 1 in cable.
“The average 1.79 million viewers between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, gave FNC its first quarter atop the dial since the Iraq War broke out in 2003,” THR reports. “Expanding that block by an hour, which includes Greta Van Susteren at 7 p.m., FNC was the most watched in prime time for the first time ever. And in the targeted demographic of adults 25-54, FNC was up 12 percent from the same period a year ago, with an average 313,000 viewers.”
Here are the prime-time averages for the third quarter for the four main cable news channels, compared with a year ago:
FNC: 1,797,000 viewers, up 12%
MSNBC: 557,000 viewers, down 2%
CNN: 555,000 viewers, up 2%
HLN: 352,000 viewers, down 4%