Fox News Channel ranked No. 1 in primetime and in total day among all basic cable networks for a fourth consecutive week, fueled by this particularly wild, and wildly popular with viewers, presidential election cycle.
FNC averaged 2.4 million total viewers in primetime the week of February 8, which included the New Hampshire primary, breaking news of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death (and CBS broadcast network’s hosting of contentious GOP debate). Among the basic cable nets, FNC topped No. 2-ranked TNT (2.2M) which hosted the highly hyped NBA all-star game.
Among FNC’s ratings highlights of last week: New Hampshire primary was the second biggest primary night in cable-news history in total viewers (behind only the network’s coverage of this election cycle’s Iowa Caucus), and cable news’ best ever for a New Hampshire primary, as viewers tuned in to see if Donald Trump would recover from his second-place finish in Iowa (he did), and whether Bernie Sanders would overtake Hillary Clinton after coming unexpectedly close to her in Iowa (ditto). FNC logged 4 million viewers from 7 PM ET (when most polls closed in New Hampshire) and 11 PM ET, including 910K among 25-54-year-olds who define the news demo.
FNC’s coverage of Scalia’s death also topped its cable news competitors Saturday night, averaging 1.5 million viewers – 251K in the news demo – from 5-9 PM ET. Following CBS’s GOP debate that night, FNC’s debate post-mortem on CBS-broadcast GOP debate logged 2.1M viewers (538K in the news demo), also topping the cable news competition (CBS’s Republican presidential debate was the most watched debate of this calendar year to date, clocking 13.51M viewers).