The Fox News Channel had a fine Third Quarter 2015. The network, for the first time ever, placed first among all basic cable channels in prime time for the full quarter, outpacing ESPN. FNC also improved for the third consecutive quarter in prime time, posting double-digit increases (10 percent in total viewers and 28 percent in the adults 25-54 demo vs. Q3 2014).
CNN just finished one of its most-watched quarters in recent memory. The network finished No. 2, behind Fox News, in all categories and was the only cable news network to show across-the-board growth compared to Q3 last year. CNN was up 36 percent in the adults 25-54 demo for prime time, and up 7 percent in the demo for total day. CNN’s numbers were boosted by the record-setting GOP debate in September; it was the network’s most-watched program ever per TVNewser
MSNBC hasn’t reversed its ratings woes, but on the heels of a broad shift back to news, the network can point to improvements in 3Q 2015—mostly in September. In total day viewing, MSNBC was up 14 percent—more than Fox News and CNN. In prime time, MSNBC grew its viewership 13 percent vs. Q3 2014.
HLN is the only cable news network to grow double digits (14 percent) among the key adults 25-54 demo in total day viewers compared to Q3 last year. HLN shines on weekends, headlined by Weekend Express with Lynn Smith finishing as the No.1 show on Saturdays during the 7 a.m. ET timeslot among the key demo.