The wild and woolly presidential election season spelled big viewership for cable TV networks in


The wild and woolly presidential election season spelled big viewership for cable TV networks in 2016. Here are five facts from the Los Angeles Times that shed light on the cable TV landscape last year:

v No. 1: Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in all of cable with an average of 2.43 million viewers in prime time, up 36 percent over last year. Only the four major broadcast networks had a larger audience.

v Competitors: CNN averaged 1.29 million viewers, up 77 percent, and MSNBC saw an 88 percent gain with 1.1 million viewers.

v Best year: Fox Business Network had its best year ever. Its audience grew 73 percent and topped CNBC for the first time in the fourth quarter.

v The losers: Channels that deal mainly in scripted programming didn’t fare as well. TBS, SyFy, AMC, Freeform, Spike, History and A&E saw declines of 10 percent or more. FX, a network that won the second most Emmys this year behind HBO and the home of the year’s most acclaimed scripted program “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” was down 8 percent.

v One exception: Then there is the Hallmark Channel, whose viewers were likely looking for comfort TV and not campaign-trail ugliness. The network, which started airing Christmas movies in late October, was up 10 percent, to 1.05 million viewers in prime time.

“The Mick” (8 p.m., Fox): Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) stars in the raucous new sitcom “The Mick.” She plays a trashy degenerate who gets stuck raising her spoiled niece and nephews when her wealthy sister goes on the run from the law.

“Now More Than Ever: THE HISTORY OF CHICAGO” (8 P.M., CNN): This new documentary about the rock band that had hits like “Saturday in the Park” and “25 or 6 to 4.” We’re hoping the film will finally explain what that latter title means. Some kind of math equation? Security code?

“Ransom” (8 p.m., CBS): In the new drama “Ransom,” a savvy crisis and hostage negotiator (Luke Roberts) uses his insight into human behavior to resolve tough kidnap cases. But can he save the CBS lineup from being totally abducted by crime procedurals?

“Sherlock” (9 p.m., PBS): After a yearlong hiatus, Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) make a very welcome return in a three-episode fourth season. Ah, but it comes with one little complication: a baby. Watson and his wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington), have become parents for the first time, and it’s a good bet that the newborn will occasionally get in the way of the sleuthing.

TV listings, C4

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Local radio station flips format again

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Cumulus Media has changed the format of radio station WSOM-AM 600, Salem, for the second time this year, according to radioinsight.com.

After first flipping from Conservative Talk to Adult Standards in May, WSOM switched after Christmas to Classic Country.

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