Cable TV Ratings

U.S. Cable TV Network & Program Ratings

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In the United States, cable television ratings is a national audience measurement system that projects the size and popularity of cable television programming. This activity is carried out by a company called Nielsen Media Research hence commonly known as Nielsen ratings. The media research firm creates a random but representative sample audience of about 25,000 households across America to track what programs are being watched and by whom. By means of a meter attached to each television set of the participants, Nielsen is able to get records of which channel is being watched at all times of the day, as individual buttons additionally record which person in a particular home is watching a given program, ensuring demographic tracking. The collected data is sent to the Nielsen computer center for crunching and analysis after which the final rating results are made available to the cable networks, advertisers, and the media.

Networks: Top 20

Feb 21, 2021
RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1Fox News Channel21,325,0005
2MSNBC11,185,00013
3CNN11,032,00019
4Home & Garden Television678,0001
5Hallmark Channel580,0008
6Food Network2523,00014
7Investigation Discovery1520,0005
8History Channel2489,00012
9Turner Network Television2482,000
10USA Network1480,00011
11INSP TV468,0008
12ESPN3435,000
13Lifetime Television430,0004
13TV Land1430,0004
15TBS Network392,0009
16A&E Network1364,0002
17TLC5359,00029
18Nickelodeon2354,0001
19Game Show Network1343,0004
20Hallmark Movies & Mysteries335,0005

Programs: Top 20

December 2020

All ratings data are live + same-day as provided by The Nielsen Company.

Comments (31)

  1. MaryMary
    Jan 26, 2021 17:25 GMT

    I was so happy to see that Morning Joe with that hate filled Mika Brezinski and her possible murdering husband is almost dead last in the ratings. Good job Mika & Joe great hating.

    1. joejoe
      Feb 24, 2021 12:30 GMT

      what is hateful is your post. shameful

  2. SisterSister
    Feb 12, 2021 04:17 GMT

    Why isn't one american news in your ratings? I heard their number one in ratings now. I feel they are more transparent than the other news stations. They love America. And they realize that if everybody wants to come here the way it's been run has got some good things going for it.

    1. Wilma TackettWilma Tackett
      Feb 14, 2021 20:18 GMT

      Since when are ratings reliable? OAN is by far the fastest growing news station and should have been recognized. Newsmax is also gaining popularity.

  3. NathanNathan
    Feb 13, 2021 13:20 GMT

    Where is Chris Wallace on this list and when will Fox fire him? He is definitely poison to their ratings.

  4. Ali GAli G
    Feb 5, 2021 15:42 GMT

    Hi,
    How I can access daily Nielsen data on a particular TV show? Is there any contact email for this website? I cannot find anything here.
    Thanks.

    1. EmilyEmily
      Feb 6, 2021 13:44 GMT

      We don't have access to the daily ratings at this time. Hopefully, that will change soon. In the meantime, you can try showbuzzdaily.com

  5. WPWP
    Dec 21, 2020 07:10 GMT

    After Fox called Arizona and continuously brought on air that #NeverTrumper from their "decision desk" to justify it, I was fuming!
    3 days later I was a full time daytime Newsmax viewer
    P.S. For those of you wondering why this is happening search "Paul Ryan Fox News"

    1. Diane BonnerDiane Bonner
      Feb 11, 2021 23:41 GMT

      Right there with you. I’m waiting for Cavuto to crash. I’d love to see him gone.

  6. badMotherDongerbadMotherDonger
    Dec 19, 2020 17:58 GMT

    I hope they all go down in flames for what they did to the American people.

    1. WPWP
      Dec 21, 2020 07:04 GMT

      I second this motion


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  7. JohnnyJohnny
    Nov 6, 2020 02:10 GMT

    How many people watched Election night on Newsmax ?

    1. DianeDiane
      Feb 11, 2021 23:42 GMT

      I wish I had. I didn’t realize how dark Fox had gone.

  8. 368316368316
    Aug 24, 2020 09:13 GMT

    Donnie Luh MON coming in a blazing 31st? Go get em LUH-mon.....

    1. RobertRobert
      Sep 9, 2020 15:16 GMT

      Nobody watches CNN for actual News anymore, just a Democrat propaganda machine!

  9. Jay TeeJay Tee
    Mar 23, 2020 00:04 GMT

    Do you have ratings numbers on impact wrestling on axs tv tuesdays at 7pm central time?

    1. Emily BryantEmily Bryant
      Sep 22, 2020 02:22 GMT

      Ask Mitch Salem on showbuzzdaily.com

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