119 Cable Channels Ranked by 2020 Viewership: A Good Year for Cable News (and TLC)

Tony Maglio
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Everyone would like to forget 2020. Well, maybe not Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN. (Shout-out to TLC as well.) Fox News was again the most-watched cable channel in primetime, averaging 3.7 million total viewers each night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings. That’s 1.2 million more viewers than last year. Elections are big business, whether or not your side wins. With very few sports and unlimited politics, MSNBC (2.2 million) leapfrogged past ESPN (1.5 million) to become runner-up on the year. CNN (1.8) also surpassed the sports channel, making a huge move from ninth place in 2019 to third place in 2020. Behind the main cable news channels were ESPN (fourth) and HGTV (fifth, 1.2 million). Also Read: 15 New Fall TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers, From 'Big Sky' to 'Nurses' (Photos) TLC jumped from 11th last year to sixth this year — the lone newbie to the Top 10, thanks to “90 Day Fiance.” USA Network fell out of the Top 10, making way for TLC. USA ended up in 13th place. Rounding out that group of the 10 most-watched cable channels of 2020 were Hallmark Channel, TBS, TNT...

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