Top 10 Most Watched TV Networks in the USA

No other television networks have such a global impact as the American networks. American TV channels produce and broadcast shows that are watched all around the world. Even nowadays, where internet streaming services are in the process of slowly replacing television, the biggest American TV networks still easily generate viewership in the millions every single day. The American TV market has also become much more competitive in recent times, precisely because the TV channels have to compete for a overall smaller audience. The following rankings lists the current Top 10 Most Watched TV Networks in the United States, based on the the average number of viewers a TV channel was watched by U.S. viewers on any day at any time during the last year.

Note: This ranking lists the 10 most watched TV Channels in the United States, click here for the Top 10 TV-Series of all time.

top 10 most watched tv networks in america

The 10 Most Watched TV Networks in the USA 2020

(based on 2019 numbers)

1. CBS
7.14 million viewers on average
2. NBC
6.33 million viewers on average
3. ABC
5.19 million viewers on average
4. Fox
4.62 million viewers on average
5. Fox News
2.50 million viewers on average
6. ESPN
1.75 million viewers on average
7. MSNBC
1.74 million viewers on average
8. Ion
1.34 million viewers on average
9. HGTV
1.31 million viewers on average
10. Univision
1.30 million viewers on average

Based on average U.S. viewers at any given moment during the last year.

1. CBS

cbs - most watched tv network in america

Full TV network name: CBS
On air since: 1929
Based in: New York City, New York, USA
Owned by: ViacomCBS
Most popular program of TV Channel: Survivor

2. NBC

nbc- second of the most watched tv channels in america

Full TV network name: National Broadcasting Company
On air since: 1926
Based in: New York City, New York, USA
Owned by: Comcast
Most popular program of TV Channel: The Voice

3. ABC

abc- third of the most watched tv networks in america

Full TV network name: American Broadcasting Company
On air since: 1943
Based in: Burbank, California, USA
Owned by: The Walt Disney Company
Most popular program of TV Channel: The Bachelor

4. Fox

fox - fourth of the most watched tv channels in america

Full TV network name: Fox Broadcasting
On air since: 1986
Based in: New York City, New York, USA
Owned by: Fox Corporation
Most popular program of TV Channel: The Masked Singer

5. Fox News

fox news- most watched cable tv channel in the USA

Full TV network name: Fox News Channel
On air since: 1996
Based in: New York City, New York, USA
Owned by: Fox Corporation
Most popular program of TV Channel: Hannity

6. ESPN

espn - sixth of the most watched tv channels in the united states

Full TV network name: ESPN
On air since: 1979
Based in: Bristol, Connecticut, USA
Owned by: The Walt Disney Company (main owner)
Most popular program of TV Channel: SportsCenter

7. MSNBC

msnbc - seventh of the most watched tv channels in america

Full TV network name: National Broadcasting Company
On air since: 1996
Based in: New York City, New York, USA
Owned by: Comcast
Most popular program of TV Channel: The Rachel Maddow Show

8. Ion

Full TV network name: Ion Television
On air since: 1998
Based in: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Owned by: Media Holdco (main owner)
Most popular program of TV Channel: Private Eyes

9. HGTV

Full TV network name: Home & Garden Television
On air since: 1994
Based in: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Owned by: Discovery, Inc.
Most popular program of TV Channel: A Very Brady Renovation

10. Univision

Full TV network name: Univision
On air since: 1962
Based in: New York City, New York, USA
Owned by: Univision Holdings
Most popular program of TV Channel: La Rosa De Guadalupe



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