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.

Nielsen 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, the media firm 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

Jul 18, 2021
RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1Fox News Channel1,193,0002
2MSNBC776,0003
3Home & Garden Television1644,0003
4CNN1573,0004
5Hallmark Channel1558,00013
6Investigation Discovery2479,0009
7History Channel3446,0003
8INSP TV1439,000
9Food Network2429,0004
10ESPN7428,00036
11Turner Network Television409,000
12USA Network1395,0003
13TV Land1387,0001
14Nickelodeon3347,00016
15Discovery Channel1340,0001
16Lifetime Television1327,0004
17Game Show Network1326,0001
18TLC2320,0003
19TBS Network303,0004
20We Television2277,0001

Programs: Top 20

June 2021
RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1Tucker Carlson Tonight2,812,0004
2Hannity2,595,0001
3The Five2,532,0004
4The Rachel Maddow Show2,284,0009
5The Ingraham Angle2,087,0002
6Special Report with Bret Baier1,755,0004
7Gutfeld!21,514,0003
8Fox News Primetime1,510,0006
9The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell21,506,00012
10Outnumbered31,393,000
11All In with Chris Hayes11,339,0008
12America's Newsroom21,323,0004
13The Faulkner Focus41,316,0003
14The Beat with Ari Melber21,301,0008
15Deadline: White House41,235,00013
16The ReidOut with Joy Reid11,234,0008
17The 11th Hour with Brian Williams11,193,0009
18America Reports1,188,0002
19Fox & Friends11,142,0001
20Your World with Neil Cavuto11,137,0002

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

Comments (124)

  1. John DrydenJohn Dryden
    Jul 23, 2021 20:50 GMT

    Wow .... of the top 8 shows all but Rachel Mad Cow are on Fox! You have to think people watching Mad Cow have some sort of major malfunction happening :)

    I think Fox has made some programming and talent changes to try and get some of its old audience back. Harold Ford Jr. is a solid addition to the Five and as the token lefty he holds his own while injecting a more cordial and relevant tone to discussions. He is much more human than Juan Williams or Donna Brazille and more likable ......

    The two personalities that need to go are Cavuto and Wallace. I can't stand to listen to never Trumper Cavuto croak his way through another show and he is boring as hell ....

    Wallace is a left wing hack who lost all his credibility in the first debate between Slow Old Joe and President Trump .....

    Tucker Carlson is king of the airwaves!!!!

    1. Christopher ThaisChristopher Thais
      Jul 26, 2021 18:10 GMT

      What is laughable is how you're acting as though these ratings are something to smile at. Even pervert Bill O'Reilly managed to average 4 Million viewers a night. Now look at FOX..half of their audience has evaporated and why? Because common sense people are tired of the 24/7 whining and complaining program that tiny cable station offers daily.

  2. Lindy GardnerLindy Gardner
    Jul 1, 2021 01:38 GMT

    Finally had to check the ratings myself as I guess networks are banned from reporting these numbers. The stunning part is how few people watch any of these. Never miss. Ever miss. Tucker. The Five. Gutfeld. And whatever channel President Donald J. Trump is on! 😂👍🇺🇸

    1. BrandonBrandon
      Jul 7, 2021 16:46 GMT

      Hope is not lost. There’s still time for you to repent!

  3. Marilyn ChernackMarilyn Chernack
    Jun 25, 2021 15:48 GMT

    I'm Canadian and our news programs on CBC, CTV and Global are just as rotten as American news shows like MSNBC and CNN.

    I will only watch FOX NEWS CHANNEL. I have given up on leftist Canada.

    1. Gus WilliamsGus Williams
      Jun 29, 2021 20:02 GMT

      You like Fox News? You should do Canada a favour and move to the U.S.

  4. Patrick M WalshPatrick M Walsh
    Jul 25, 2021 00:44 GMT

    I like Newsmax the best. I won’t watch ANY of the rest. OANN is good too.

  5. joseph ducotejoseph ducote
    May 8, 2021 09:25 GMT

    Although opinions vary, sometime in a significant manner, it is easy to recognize that there are no journalism attributes shown on any of the news channels except some FOX shows. It does not take a genius to see the obvious. CNN,MSNBS chose to play dis-informed politics at every corner. The media with the exception FOX are all so obviously in the tank for the democrats, they do not even try and conceal it. It is sickening to watch. I recall there was a time when CNN attempted to be non-bias. They had a show named Crossfire back in the 1980's. It was around the Clinton years when I noticed a paradigm shift to the left for CNN. They and their cousins MSNBC and others stooped to new lows to ensure that Trump was not re-elected. Look how they covered the "peaceful riots" last summer. Freakin buildings were burning in the background as the CNN reporter described a peaceful protest. Such idiots, and they really do think that the folks are stupid. This is why their ratings will continue to drop.

    1. Suzanne O PayneSuzanne O Payne
      May 12, 2021 22:44 GMT

      Hats off to you Joseph! Never heard it said any better! Thank you!

  6. Jean Elizabeth TerryJean Elizabeth Terry
    May 18, 2021 00:34 GMT

    I'm liking Newsmax more and more. It would be good if you could watch OAN on cable. I watch Tucker Carlson faithfully. I really like Greg on Newsmax and a few others. I can't imagine watching CNN or MSNBC. Every time I would switch to see what they were reported in the last years they were misrepresenting President Trump and very disrespectful. They make me cringe.

    1. KBKB
      Jun 17, 2021 08:20 GMT

      I agree. I've switched over to Newsmax, and love Greg Kelly, Chris Salsado, and Stinchfield, Diamond & Silk, and others. But like you, I ever miss Tucker, and also like Jessie Watters, Steve Hilton, Judge Jeannine, and sometimes Hannity and Laura. But Fox has gotten TOO liberal. REally dislike the Trump haters they keep bringing in for their "panels" (Juan Williams & Donna Brazil for instance--but I think they are finally gone now). Yeah, if I wanted that I'd watch the Communist News Network (CNN)
      Hate that the Murdoch brothers are liberal and are starting to destroy it. $20 million was given by one brother to defeat President Trump and other GOP candidates in 2020. RINO Paul Ryan is on the company board. He is a never-Trumper and is actively working to get rid of MAGA. I can't stand him.
      I would watch Newsmax 24/7 if they didn't have the nighttime WWII documentaries and other stuff like that as filler...
      Unfortunately, I can't get OAN on my cable channel.

  7. Carol steinmarkCarol steinmark
    Jul 2, 2021 20:07 GMT

    I never watch CNN ,MSNBC,or thre regular news like abc,cbs,or nbc, they tell lies and don’t report anything but Democratic stuff. I used to be a fan of Hallmark now I stopped watching that after season 8 finale.

  8. SteveSteve
    Feb 27, 2021 19:54 GMT

    Nice to see the NBA and NFL channels crashing....
    This anti American prevailing attitudes from both of these " American Pastimes"
    Along with the constant social justice message from the leagues have ruined the circus.
    No thanks from a die hard fan of almost 60 viewing years.

    1. Sad observerSad observer
      Mar 29, 2021 16:15 GMT

      A little Sarcasm;

      The false virtue signaling coming
      from the billionaire de facto Plantation Crackers running the NBA and NFL has gone way over the top. They are desperate to placate racist , narcissist , morons like LeBron James and his ilk . People whose self self righteous victimhood narratives are only rivaled by their almost none existent self awareness.

      The Crackers have SARCASTICALLY turned the games into a thinly veiled satirical circus of false virtue signaling. Former fans see through this and the drop in viewership shows just what a turnoff this all is .

      Token “give back” programs touted
      by the players and the crackers are so small as to be meaningless . These are seen as the public relations jokes that they are. Players earn tens of millions while owners and media exploit hundreds of millions. In relation to these revenues, the window dressing , PR programs amount to a drop in the bucket.

      While those give back PR commercials are running , everyone else is counting their money.

  9. 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

  10. GeneGene
    Apr 19, 2021 20:36 GMT

    Newsmax is 52 on the list. Their shows are on the top 50 programs list though.
    Stitchfield, Greg Kelly and others.
    Chris Wallace is one of the biggest POS on TV

    1. Bob SmithersBob Smithers
      May 9, 2021 06:18 GMT

      Even more impressive when you realize that Newsmax is not even carried by all cable providers. A true apples to apples comparison would have them far higher

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