One television channel just had a huge week in the ratings. For the week ending Aug. 9, Fox News Channel chalked up a number of milestones, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.
Not only did FNC end the week as the No. 1 cable network, both in total viewers and in the target news demo of adults 25-54, but it also notched its highest numbers since the war in Iraq in 2003.
The week was also FNC’s third-highest-rated week in prime time in the channel’s history.
One of the main drivers of the viewership surge, of course, was FNC’s coverage of the GOP debate, with interest in Donald Trump helping to fuel the higher ratings.
“The Republican Presidential Primary Debate was watched by 24 million viewers and was the highest-rated cable news program ever on any network, and was also the highest-rated telecast for the entire week in both broadcast and cable,” the report notes.
During the week, according to the report, FNC averaged 4.411 million total viewers and 1.187 million adults 25-54 in prime time.