Fox News Channel‘s revamped primetime, unveiled on October 7, clicked last week, scoring its highest ratings of 2013 in both total viewers and the news demo, excluding the week of the Boston Marathon bombing back in April. FNC’s primetime logged 2.1 million in total viewers, which put it behind only ESPN among cable networks. In the news demo, FNC logged 376,000 primetime viewers, according to Nielsen. The week was FNC’s third consecutive ranking No. 2 in prime among all cable networks. In total day, FNC ranked No. 4 last week — trailing Nick, ESPN and Adult Swim.
Meanwhile, MSNBC averaged 716,000 primetime viewers and CNN averaged 433,000, which put them at No. 27 and No. 38 in the cable network rankings for the week, respectively. Among 25- to 54-year-olds, MSNC snagged 202,000 (No. 26) and CNN averaged 146,000 (No. 37).
FNC celebrated the 17th anniversary of its launch with its first significant primetime changes in more than a decade. Megyn Kelly took over Sean Hannity’s 9 PM slot with The Kelly File, Hannity moved to 10 PM, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren moved from 10 PM to 7 PM, taking over the Fox Report slot vacated by Shepard Smith. Ratings juggernaut The O’Reilly Factor stuck at 8 PM. It was the latest of a series of changes at the network that saw Smith get a new show and new role, former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck join morning show Fox & Friends, replacing Gretchen Carlson, who got her own daytime show.