- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

There can be irony, even in TV ratings. The Fox News Channel continues to dominate the cable realm, according to new ratings numbers released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, For the fifth week in a row, Fox News is No. 1 in primetime viewing across basic cable, besting ESPN and other powerhouse networks. CNN ranks 11th on the list, MSNBC 13th.

Fox News also claimed eight of the top 10 cable telecasts of the week with “The O’Reilly Factor” at No. 1, with 4.2 million viewers, outpacing the Euro cup final that aired on ESPN Sunday, which drew 4.1 million viewers.

But there is some ironic news about former host Gretchen Carlson, who left the network in June after 11 years as both a morning and afternoon host. She is currently involved in a legal wrangle with Fox News, filing a recent lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court that alleges sexual harassment among other other claims.

Nielsen also had revelations about that programming.

During the week of July 4, “The Real Story” — without Ms. Carlson as host — had its highest-rated week ever, with 1.7 million viewers. The show was up 18 percent in total viewers compared to the 2016 average.

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