FS1 Repeats as Most Watched Cable Network in Primetime


The Chicago Cubs’ historical run to the World Series helped propel Fox Sports 1 to its second straight weekly primetime cable ratings win.

FS1 rode the Cubs’ defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games of the National League Championship Series to earn its first World Series appearance since 1945 to a cable industry high average of 4.2 million primetime viewers during the week of Oct. 17-23, according to Nielsen.

Fox News finished second for the week with 3.3 million, followed by ESPN and CNN, which tied for third with 2.2 million viewers. AMC, which drew big numbers for the Oct. 23 season seven premiere of its zombie-themed series The Walking Dead, finished fifth with 2 million viewers.

MSNBC (1.8 million viewers), TBS (1.6 million), USA (1.4 million), HGTV (1.3 million) and Discover Channel (1 million) rounded out the top 10.

Fox News was the most watched network on a 24-hour basis, followed by Nickelodeon, CNN, MSNBC and ESPN.


Most Watched Cable Shows During The Week Of Oct. 17-23


Date    Show                                                           Network                     Total Viewers

10/23 The Walking Dead                                        AMC                            17.0 million

10/19 Presidential Debate (Live)                            Fox News                    11.3 million

10/22 MLB NLCS—Chi. Cubs-L.A. Dodgers          FS1                                9.7 million

10/19 Presidential Debate (Pre-show)                    Fox News                      9.4 million

10/19 Presidential Debate (Live)                            CNN                              8.7 million

10/19 Presidential Debate/analysis                        Fox News                      8.6 million

10/17 ESPN Monday Night Football                      ESPN                             8.3 million

10/23 Talking Dead                                                AMC                              7.5 million

10/20 MLB NLCS—Chi. Cubs-L.A. Dodgers         FS1                                7.1 million

10/18 MLB NLCS—Chi. Cubs-L.A. Dodgers         FS1                                6.5 million




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