National TV news viewing is still climbing year-to-date -- up 11%, although registering smaller gains in the most recent week.
For the most recent week ending September 17, the 38th week of the year, overall national TV news viewing grew by 5% on a Nielsen live-plus-same day basis among total viewers, according to Pivotal Research Group.
Viewing for the three biggest cable news networks continued to show major gains versus a year ago -- climbing 24% collectively.
MSNBC is the biggest beneficiary -- soaring 57% over a year ago. Fox News Channel viewing was 17% higher, and CNN has added 13%. Programming on the big three broadcast networks inched up 1% -- better than its 6% year-to-date decline.
Year to date, Fox now has a 30% share of all TV news viewing. All NBCUniversal news programming/networks -- including MSNBC -- are now at a 29% share. Time Warner -- including CNN -- is at a 20% share.
In the last findings, viewing share was down at CBS from 10% to 8%, but up at ABC, from 9% to 10%.
In contrast to TV news viewing, TV sports viewing is now down 16% year-to-date. Taking out the high-rated Olympics of a year ago, total TV sports viewing is down 6%, according to Pivotal.
In 2016, news and sports TV viewing accounted for 22% of all national TV viewing.