Fox News Chan­nel’s Sean Han­nity tops ca­ble news rank­ings

South Florida Times - - BUSINESS - By As­so­ci­ated Press Sean Han­nity ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening news­casts with an av­er­age of 8.4 mil­lion view­ers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8 mil­lion and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 mil­lion.

DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK- After the sum­mer of Rachel Mad­dow, Fox News Chan­nel’s Sean Han­nity as­cended to the top of the ca­ble news moun­tain.

Han­nity’s move to the 9 p.m. times­lot paid im­me­di­ate div­i­dends for the net­work. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s big­gest ca­ble news backer av­er­aged 3.2 mil­lion view­ers in Oc­to­ber, top­ping Mad­dow’s 2.5 mil­lion, the Nielsen com­pany said. Fox’s Tucker Carl­son, in an ear­lier time slot, had 2.8 mil­lion view­ers.

When Bill O’Reilly was work­ing at Fox, there was no ques­tion for years who was the top per­son in ca­ble tele­vi­sion talk. His ouster in April fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment set­tle­ments put that dis­tinc­tion up for grabs, and MSNBC’s Mad­dow took the ti­tle in July, Au­gust and Septem­ber.

Fox’s Laura In­gra­ham made a strong de­but Mon­day, reach­ing 3.27 mil­lion view­ers at 10 p.m. and beat­ing CNN and MSNBC in the time slot, Nielsen said.

It’s got a near-im­pos­si­ble act to live up to, but the Dodgers-Astros World Se­ries is av­er­ag­ing 16.1 mil­lion view­ers through five games for Fox, Nielsen said. The thrilling fifth game, won by the Astros in ex­tra in­nings, was the most-watched con­test with nearly 19 mil­lion view­ers.

Last year’s Cubs-In­di­ans se­ries av­er­aged 23.6 mil­lion view­ers, pri­mar­ily on the strength of an epic sev­enth game that was seen by 40.5 mil­lion, the most-watched World Se­ries game since 1991.

Base­ball led Fox to the easy win for the week in prime time, with the net­work av­er­ag­ing 13.2 mil­lion view­ers. CBS had 7.8 mil­lion, NBC had 6.9 mil­lion, ABC had 4.5 mil­lion, Telemundo had 1.48 mil­lion, Univi­sion had 1.47 mil­lion, the CW had 1.35 mil­lion and ION Tele­vi­sion had 1.2 mil­lion.

Fox News Chan­nel (2.294 mil­lion) and ESPN (2.291 mil­lion) were in a vir­tual tie atop the prime-time rat­ings for ca­ble net­works. MSNBC had 1.53 mil­lion, Hall­mark had 1.4 mil­lion and USA had 1.32 mil­lion.

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