Fox News Trails CNN, MSNBC in New Prime-Time Ratings

by Ben Pena May 28, 2017, 2:14
Fox News Trails CNN, MSNBC in New Prime-Time Ratings

MSNBC's weekday prime averaged 2.44 million, just barely edging out Fox News' 2.40 million and leaving CNN in last place with 1.65 million.

CNN and MSNBC have been competing with their coverage of President Donald Trump's recent controversies, including the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

"FNC outstripped MSNBC" s 1.198M and CNN's 1.052M, but also other basic cable nets, marking 19 consecutive weeks as the most-watched cable network in total day. ESPN's coverage of the Golden State/San Antonio NBA series gave it the fourth and fifth best-rated programs of the week, with coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery coming in eighth.

That didn't bother Fox when George W. Bush was president, but those were also the halcyon days for MSNBC and its prime-time anchor at the time, Keith Olbermann. Fox News viewers may still be expecting more substance in prime time. Its primetime lineup is virtually unrecognizable from the one that finished 2016 (the biggest year in cable news history) on top.

However, the longtime cable news king remained second in total viewership, with an average of 2.41 million viewers over the course of the week, compared with CNN's 1.65 million and MSNBC's leading 2.44 million.For the first time ever, MSNBC has won the week in both total viewers and the key news network demographic of adults 25-54 in primetime.

Fox News retracted an article about Rich from its website Tuesday amid complaints from the victim's family, and Mr. Hannity announced hours later that he will no longer discuss the murder "out of respect for the family's wishes - for now".

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1 in the demo for total day, with 353K viewers.

MSNBC and CNN have been trying to find the chink in Fox News' ratings armor for years, and it looks like they have finally found it.

Rachel Maddow is the new cable news ratings leader.

Led by the red-hot Rachel Maddow show, MSNBC averaged 2.44 million viewers last week to Fox's 2.41 million, Nielsen said.

"I do cable news in kind of a weird way".

The last time Fox finished third for a Monday - Friday period was in June 2000, according to Ad Week. And the company won first place Monday night, when all three networks were covering the terrorist attack in Manchester. Fox's tone during those years was arguably less pro-Bush then than it is pro-Trump now, especially during the second term as conservatives grew more frustrated with the administration, which might hold some lessons for Fox now.


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