Fox News, CNN Viewing Down In Q1, MSNBC Up 30%

Fox News Channel still commands the top spot among all cable networks, but is down in viewers for the first quarter of this year -- along with CNN -- versus the same period a year ago. MSNBC, a competitor to both, is much higher.

Fox is at a Nielsen 2.5 million prime-time 8-11 p.m. viewers -- down 13%; MSNBC is up a massive 30% higher in prime time to a 1.9 million prime-time viewers. CNN is 17% lower to 985,000 prime-time viewers.

Other dayparts and demographics show results that are much the same.

Fox News declined 16% in total average daytime viewing to 1.4 million, and is down 16% in the key TV news demo -- 25-54 viewers -- to 300,000. MSNBC improved 30% to 1.0 million total day viewers -- and also gained 21% in 25-54 viewers, averaging 221,000.

Top cable news shows are Fox’s “Hannity,” tops at (3,196,000); MSNBC “The Rachel Maddow Show” (2,993,000); Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (2,908,000); Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle” (2,487,000); and Fox’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” (2,361,000).



Rachel Maddow” leads with (664,000), followed by “Hannity” (662,000); “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (586,000); “The Ingraham Angle” (505,000); and MSNBC's “The Last Word with O’Donnell (492,000).”

2 comments about "Fox News, CNN Viewing Down In Q1, MSNBC Up 30%".
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  1. PJ Lehrer from NYU, April 4, 2018 at 12:44 p.m.

    Advertisers and viewers both dropping Fox.  More to come...

  2. Bill Shane from Eastlan Ratings, April 4, 2018 at 5:05 p.m.

    Regarding Sinclair's Fake News promo.  It still amuses me that they have all these network affiliations and they're criticizing their own product on the air.  I still think they should be true to their cause and drop their affiliations.  If you think the product you carry on your air waves is wrong, do te right thing and drop them.  What's the matter David, no balls?

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