Fox News Channel Sets Viewership Records, Tops All Basic Cable Networks
Fox News Channel was the number one network in basic cable primetime for the third quarter of 2015, outpacing ESPN, USA, HGTV, TNT and other popular networks.
According to Nielsen, FNC dominated the competition in the 8p to 11p ET primetime hours, with a ten percent rise in total viewers and a 28 percent rise in the key demo (adults 25-54) compared to Q3 in 2014. FNC also rose in the total day measure of total viewers by four percent compared to the same time last year.
All of FNC’s programs in primetime grew in the key demo and among total viewers versus Q3 in 2014. "The O’Reilly Factor" had its best quarter since Q4 2012 among total viewers. Both "The Kelly File" and "Hannity" had their highest-rated quarter in total viewers and in the key demo since FNC launched its current primetime lineup in October 2013.
The impressive numbers are due in part to the first GOP presidential debate on August 6, which drew 24 million total viewers and 7.9 million in the key demo, making it the most-watched non-sports cable telecast of all time.