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

May 22, 2022
RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1Fox News Channel1,475,0001
2ESPN1831,00010
3Turner Network Television1788,00014
4MSNBC603,0003
5Home & Garden Television526,0005
6CNN466,0004
7Hallmark Channel446,000
8INSP TV427,0002
9Food Network423,0003
10TV Land405,0003
11Investigation Discovery393,0001
12USA Network2347,0007
13History Channel1345,0004
14TBS Network1328,0002
15TLC1294,0002
16Hallmark Movies & Mysteries5292,00012
17Lifetime Television2290,0007
18Game Show Network286,0002
19A&E Network2271,0005
20Nickelodeon2269,0005

Programs: Top 20

April 2022
RankNameR-ChgAudienceA-Chg
1The Five3,494,0005
2Tucker Carlson Tonight3,389,0006
3Jesse Watters Primetime2,924,0006
4Hannity2,886,0006
5Special Report with Bret Baier2,598,0004
6The Ingraham Angle2,251,0007
7Gutfeld!11,985,0002
8Outnumbered11,929,0003
9America's Newsroom1,874,0003
10The Faulkner Focus1,812,0005
11Your World with Neil Cavuto11,671,0007
12The Story with Martha MacCallum11,636,0008
13The Rachel Maddow Show21,632,00011
14America Reports1,625,0008
15Fox & Friends1,419,0002
16The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell1,326,0003
17All In with Chris Hayes1,208,0009
18The Beat with Ari Melber11,155,0007
19Deadline: White House11,116,00012
20The ReidOut with Joy Reid11,045,00010

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

Comments (100)

  1. 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. EllisEllis
      Sep 5, 2021 19:32 GMT

      Can you get OAN ot Newsmax? Fox is steadily moving to the left and we are getting fed up with them. If it wasn't for Tucker, Jesse, Gutfeld and a few others, I would never watch them.

  2. Not SureNot Sure
    Aug 22, 2021 20:30 GMT

    Before today I was worried that someone other than President Biden was running the country now after what he did in Afghanistan I’m really worried he really is running the country

    1. 3dye3dye
      Aug 24, 2021 18:03 GMT

      wdym, the cable news channels that can't even reach 1 million viewers insisted that "president" got 80 million votes! there's two types of people in the US: the cringe fringe blueanon dorks that somehow still believe corporate media while simultaneously pretending to hate "the rich", and everyone else.

  3. PetePete
    May 1, 2021 00:50 GMT

    HAY!!!!!!anybody out there think that if Joe Biden instead of Trump was president when the coronavirus hit us we would have a vaccine in nine months

    Thank God we had a businessman at the time ,,,you know a guy who actually ran something ,not a politician who never signed the front of a check

    1. KimKim
      May 1, 2021 03:20 GMT

      Bring Trump back! Dictator Biden is showing his colors. He’s doing what he said he’d do and it’s not for Americans!

  4. Lesco BrandonLesco Brandon
    Oct 20, 2021 02:16 GMT

    LET'S GO BRANDON!!!

    1. Billy bobBilly bob
      Oct 22, 2021 15:35 GMT

      FUCK JOE BIDEN

  5. KantforgetKantforget
    Jan 13, 2022 13:11 GMT

    Hallmark has changed so much and most aren’t happy with the changes. It used to be a happy, wholesome place ….it’s being replaced with anxious/soap opera/push the envelope type of programming like every other channel. Not my ‘cup of tea’ (if you know, you know.)

  6. LoLLoL
    Oct 30, 2021 02:20 GMT

    The Hallmark channel is more popular than CNN. This fact made my day

  7. WayneWayne
    Apr 14, 2022 16:26 GMT

    Damn, lol, Fox is kickin' it! CNN/MSNBC WITH ALL YOUR DISTORTIONS OF THE TRUTH THAT YOU'VE TRIED TO PASS OFF AS REPORTING THE NEWS, YOU DESERVE THE RATINGS YOU'RE GETTING!

  8. 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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  9. IRMA GARCIAIRMA GARCIA
    Nov 9, 2021 08:34 GMT

    CNN NUMBER 1 IN FAKE NEWS,MSNBC NUMBER 2 IN FAKE NEWS.

    1. MarkMark
      Mar 22, 2022 05:45 GMT

      IRMA and SO many others here are typical uniformed sheep. 🤣

  10. JohnnyJohnny
    Nov 6, 2020 02:10 GMT

    How many people watched Election night on Newsmax ?

    1. Wanda WallaceWanda Wallace
      Mar 30, 2021 15:51 GMT

      I did! So disappointed in Fox.

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