07/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

May 2009 Cable Rankings: TNT #1 In Primetime, Fox News Top 5 In Primetime and Total Day

Fox News ranked #4 in total viewers among all cable channels in primetime for the month of May 2009, according to Nielsen Media Research. TNT rode NBA playoffs fever to unseat the USA Network at #1, while ESPN (#3) and Nick at Nite (#5) rounded out the top five.

TNT averaged 3.553 million total viewers in primetime; USA averaged 2.796 million, ESPN averaged 2.098 million, Fox News averaged 1.959 million, and Nick at Nite averaged 1.572 million.

CNN came in 23rd with 767,000 total viewers and MSNBC came right behind at #24 with 756,000 total viewers.

In total day rankings, Nickelodeon continued its streak at #1 with an average of 2.083 million total viewers, while TNT (1.520 million), Nick at Nite (1.499 million), USA (1.453 million) and Fox News (1.102) million rounded out the top five.

CNN ranked 21st in total day with an average of 535,000 total viewers, while MSNBC placed 30th with 377,000 total viewers.