MSNBC’s viewership last week propelled the network to its first No. 1 cable news network “sales day” rating in 18 years, NBCUniversal announced.
The network averaged 1.56 million total viewers from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. in the Dec. 17-21 business week — ahead of Fox News’ 1.54 million and CNN’s 975,000.
A Fox News spokesperson noted that the network beat MSNBC in the ratings for Dec. 17-23, which includes the weekend. According to Nielsen data, Fox News averaged 1.23 million viewers across that time frame, compared to 1.16 million for MSNBC.
And it boasted the most-watched program on cable news last week, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which drew an average of 3.21 million viewers.