Weekly Network Rankings: NBC, Fox News End August on High

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Anchored by NFL preseason football and the #1 series of the summer, America's Got Talent, NBC continued to dominate August. The Peacock was the #1 network of the week, not just in the demo (1.3) but in total primetime viewers as well (5.4 million). The network was up one-tenth in the demo from last week, and +400,000 average total viewers during the daypart.

CBS was #1 in total viewers last week (as it seemingly is each week), and held steady...but that wasn't quite good enough this time around.

A fourth-place finisher in the week ending 8/23, ABC moved past FOX for the #3 spot in the demo this past week thanks to a consistent episode Bachelor in Paradise, and Fox's decision to air re-runs of its reality programming in primetime. Fox dropped one-tenth in the demo from the previous week, while ABC improved by one-tenth.

ESPN is thrilled that the NFL is back again, and the good times kicked off this past week. ESPN (.6) was the top-rated cable network of the week, an accomplishment considering what a poor summer it's been for The Worldwide Leader.

MTV (.53) managed to finish the week #2 in the 18-49 demo, despite the worse-than-expected numbers hauled in by the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

AMC (.51), TBS (.51) and USA (.47) round out primetime cable's P 18-49 top five.

Fox News' hot streak continues, as the network was the most-watched cabler in primetime for a fourth consecutive week with a 2 million total Live+SD viewer average (steady with last week).

ESPN was the second-most-watched primetime cable network of the week, followed by Disney Channel, TNT and USA.

Here are how the broadcast and cable networks performed in primetime last week, primarily sorted by Adults 18-49. The numbers are in Live+SD viewing.

<p>Dates</p><p>Daypart</p><p>Viewing Source</p><p>P 18-49 Live+SD Rtg%</p><p>P 25-54 Live+SD Rtg%</p><p>P 25-54 Live+SD Proj (000s)</p><p>P2+ Live+SD Proj (000s)</p>

Week of 08/24/2015

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NBC AFFILIATES

1.31

1.73

2068

5404

Week of 08/24/2015

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CBS AFFILIATES

1.16

1.57

1878

5390

Week of 08/24/2015

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ABC AFFILIATES

0.89

1.16

1384

3548

Week of 08/24/2015

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FOX AFFILIATES

0.81

1.03

1235

3032

Week of 08/24/2015

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UNIVISION AFFILIATES

0.66

0.73

877

1791

Week of 08/24/2015

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ESPN

0.60

0.66

790

1864

Week of 08/24/2015

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TELEMUNDO AFFILIATES

0.55

0.61

725

1313

Week of 08/24/2015

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MTV

0.53

0.42

499

1061

Week of 08/24/2015

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AMC

0.51

0.56

669

1326

Week of 08/24/2015

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TBS NETWORK

0.51

0.55

656

1344

Week of 08/24/2015

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USA NETWORK

0.47

0.55

656

1587

Week of 08/24/2015

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ADULT SWIM

0.44

0.36

430

1076

Week of 08/24/2015

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FX

0.43

0.42

503

1075

Week of 08/24/2015

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VH1

0.40

0.37

446

832

Week of 08/24/2015

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CW AFFILIATES

0.37

0.49

581

1362

Week of 08/24/2015

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HOME AND GARDEN TV

0.37

0.45

536

1546

Week of 08/24/2015

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HBO - THE WORKS

0.36

0.42

507

970

Week of 08/24/2015

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TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION

0.35

0.46

554

1573

Week of 08/24/2015

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FOOD NETWORK

0.35

0.41

492

1085

Week of 08/24/2015

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DISNEY CHANNEL

0.34

0.31

368

1750

Week of 08/24/2015

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HISTORY

0.32

0.44

521

1479

Week of 08/24/2015

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LIFETIME TELEVISION

0.31

0.38

458

1035

Week of 08/24/2015

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ION AFFILIATES

0.30

0.35

423

1177

Week of 08/24/2015

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SPIKE TV

0.30

0.32

387

743

Week of 08/24/2015

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A&E NETWORK

0.29

0.34

408

875

Week of 08/24/2015

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DISCOVERY CHANNEL

0.29

0.37

439

936

Week of 08/24/2015

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SYFY

0.27

0.33

392

875

Week of 08/24/2015

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COMEDY CENTRAL

0.27

0.23

280

514

Week of 08/24/2015

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TLC

0.25

0.29

345

872

Week of 08/24/2015

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UNIMAS AFFILIATES

0.25

0.25

295

561

Week of 08/24/2015

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INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY

0.24

0.30

357

907

Week of 08/24/2015

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BRAVO

0.24

0.30

355

599

Week of 08/24/2015

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NICKELODEON

0.22

0.22

262

1181

Week of 08/24/2015

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ABC FAMILY

0.22

0.21

255

600

Week of 08/24/2015

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NICK-AT-NITE

0.21

0.19

233

775

Week of 08/24/2015

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ALL PBS STATIONS

0.20

0.31

376

1889

Week of 08/24/2015

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FOX NEWS CHANNEL

0.20

0.33

392

1987

Week of 08/24/2015

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BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV

0.18

0.20

235

583

Week of 08/24/2015

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TRUTV

0.18

0.19

225

424

Week of 08/24/2015

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STARZ

0.18

0.21

254

476

Week of 08/24/2015

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FXX

0.17

0.19

226

392

Week of 08/24/2015

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ENCORE

0.16

0.23

269

922

Week of 08/24/2015

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TV LAND

0.16

0.19

230

583

Week of 08/24/2015

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WETV

0.16

0.20

237

601

Week of 08/24/2015

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E!

0.16

0.17

199

398

Week of 08/24/2015

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ANIMAL PLANET

0.15

0.19

223

652

Week of 08/24/2015

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PBS PRIMARY NTWK AFFIL

0.15

0.24

286

1549

Week of 08/24/2015

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NFL NETWORK

0.15

0.18

213

458

Week of 08/24/2015

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OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

0.15

0.19

226

537

Week of 08/24/2015

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DISNEY JUNIOR

0.14

0.13

154

576

Week of 08/24/2015

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HBO PRIME

0.14

0.16

192

365

Week of 08/24/2015

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LIFETIME MOVIE

0.13

0.16

193

488

Week of 08/24/2015

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL

0.12

0.15

183

492

Week of 08/24/2015

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CNN

0.12

0.17

200

595

Week of 08/24/2015

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GSN

0.11

0.12

144

458

Week of 08/24/2015

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TRAVEL CHANNEL

0.11

0.14

173

398

Week of 08/24/2015

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SHOWTIME

0.10

0.13

159

387

Week of 08/24/2015

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HALLMARK CHANNEL

0.10

0.14

169

640

Week of 08/24/2015

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CNBC

0.10

0.12

138

337

Week of 08/24/2015

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SCIENCE

0.10

0.11

130

296

Week of 08/24/2015

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NICK JR

0.09

0.09

107

379

Week of 08/24/2015

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ESPN2

0.09

0.10

122

317

Week of 08/24/2015

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MULTIMAX

0.09

0.11

129

245

Week of 08/24/2015

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CMT

0.09

0.10

119

246

Week of 08/24/2015

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MSNBC

0.08

0.12

149

670

Week of 08/24/2015

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STARZ PRIMARY

0.08

0.10

118

201

Week of 08/24/2015

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OXYGEN MEDIA

0.08

0.09

111

224

Week of 08/24/2015

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BOUNCE TV AFFILIATES

0.08

0.09

104

267

Week of 08/24/2015

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TV ONE

0.08

0.08

101

179

Week of 08/24/2015

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MLB NETWORK

0.08

0.08

98

263

Week of 08/24/2015

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UNIVISION DEPORTES

0.07

0.08

95

151

Week of 08/24/2015

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H2

0.07

0.11

129

353

Week of 08/24/2015

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MTV2

0.07

0.05

66

170

Week of 08/24/2015

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IFC TV

0.07

0.08

93

169

Week of 08/24/2015

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DISNEY XD

0.07

0.07

82

359

Week of 08/24/2015

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ME TV AFFILIATES

0.07

0.12

142

495

Week of 08/24/2015

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ESTRELLA TV AFFILIATES

0.07

0.08

95

210

Week of 08/24/2015

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DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL

0.07

0.08

90

132

Week of 08/24/2015

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HLN

0.06

0.10

118

328

Week of 08/24/2015

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FYI

0.06

0.08

93

176

Week of 08/24/2015

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GALAVISION

0.06

0.07

80

165

Week of 08/24/2015

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ENCORE PRIMARY

0.06

0.08

93

192

Week of 08/24/2015

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WGN AMERICA

0.06

0.08

91

256

Week of 08/24/2015

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FOX SPORTS 1

0.06

0.07

82

214

Week of 08/24/2015

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NICKTOONS

0.06

0.06

67

329

Week of 08/24/2015

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DESTINATION AMERICA

0.06

0.08

93

200

Week of 08/24/2015

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BBC-AMERICA

0.06

0.08

90

193

Week of 08/24/2015

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VELOCITY

0.06

0.08

90

198

Week of 08/24/2015

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DIY NETWORK

0.05

0.08

101

246

Week of 08/24/2015

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SUNDANCE TV

0.05

0.06

76

189

Week of 08/24/2015

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ESQUIRE NETWORK

0.05

0.05

65

107

Week of 08/24/2015

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NAT GEO WILD

0.05

0.06

74

262

Week of 08/24/2015

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REELZCHANNEL

0.05

0.08

90

217

Week of 08/24/2015

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HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES

0.05

0.07

83

415

Week of 08/24/2015

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SHOWTIME PRIME

0.05

0.06

70

175

Week of 08/24/2015

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AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL

0.04

0.06

73

193

Week of 08/24/2015

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SPROUT

0.04

0.04

47

164

Week of 08/24/2015

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POP

0.04

0.05

64

152

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