Cable overnights: Fox News tops NBC and ABC
February 1, 2017
Fox News Channel outdrew all but one of the broadcast networks during Tuesday night’s primetime announcement of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
The network averaged 7.6 million total viewers from 8 to 8:15 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, when Trump introduced Neil M. Gorsuch. That was ahead of everything else on cable.
Only CBS, which averaged 8 million, outdrew FNC for the announcement. NBC News was a distant third with 5.9 million viewers, while ABC took fourth with 5.2 million.
The announcement boosted “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly’s nightly show, to 6.8 million viewers, airing right after the announcement.
Lead-out “Tucker Carlson Tonight” drew 4.5 million.
Elsewhere on cable
HGTV’s popular “Fixer Upper” finished as the No. 3 show of the night in total viewers with 3.7 million. It tied as the No. 3 show of the night in adults 18-49, posting a 0.9, behind a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” on TBS and USA’s “WWE Smackdown.”
FX’s “Taboo” grew a tenth over last week, to a 0.5, while WGN’s “The Outsiders” was off a tenth in its second week, to a 0.3.
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