why does fox news have the highest ratings

Donald Trump continued to be good news for cable news networks in 2017. Beneficiaries include both the network he likes (
) and those he hates/threatens (everyone else). Fox News Channel finished the calendar year as the most watched basic cable network in both primetime (2. 424M viewers) and total day (1. 500M) for a second consecutive year. In total day, 2017 was FNC s most watched year in its history. In primetime, Sean Hannity s show was cable news viewers fave, clocking nearly 3. 2 million viewers each night. FNC also dominated in the news demo, 25-54, clocking 488K viewers in primetime and 321K in total day. FNC tallied 15 of the Top 20 cable news programs in total viewers for the year, and 12 of the top 20 programs with A25-54. And Hannity s show tied Rachel Maddow s program for the year s top spot among cable programs in the younger 18-49 demographic 417K viewers. FNC s Tucker Carlson Tonight (355K) bested s Anderson Cooper 360 (335K) in the younger demo. MSNBC finishes 2017 ranked No. 3 in primetime (1. 632M) among cable networks, behind only FNC and ESPN (1. 92M). In total day MSNBC ranks No. 3, (889K), behind only FNC and Nickelodeon (1. 123M). More to the point, MSNBC topped CNN in total day total viewers for the first time since 2012. (CNN insists it s focused on the 25-54 year old age bracket on which advertiser sales ares based. ) Again in 2017, Rachel Maddow s program was MSNBC s biggest ratings getter, despite this year s Hannity competition, averaging 2. 539M viewers and 585K in the news demo.


MSNBC boasts the most impressive year-to-year gains, topped by primetime s total-viewer pop of 51%, and 37% in the demo. Total day-wise, MSNBC jumped 47% in total viewers and 33% in the news age bracket. For CNN, 2017 was its highest rated on record in total day. Here, CNN ranks No. 5 among basic cable networks, with an average of 783K viewers CNN s first time in the Top 10 since 1995. In primetime, CNN ranked No. 10 among cable nets with an average of 1. 062M. MSNBC bested CNN for primetime in total viewers, but they re neck and neck, with 371K viewers apiece, in the news demo. In total day, MSNBC outstrips CNN, but CNN trounced MSNBC in the demo (257K to 203K, respectively). CNN notes it s audience was younger than its cable news competitors in 2017. In total day, the median age of the CNN viewer (60 years) is five years younger than FNCs and MSNBC (65). Yes, FNC s median age is the same as MSNBC s in total day for 2017. In prime time, CNN logged a median age (59) that s seven years younger than FNC (66) and six years younger than MSNBC (65).


Among CNN s bright spots, Anderson Cooper 360 (1. 238M viewers, 425K demo viewers) was the net s most watched primetime series, marking its best numbers on record. And Don Lemon, who seems to especially get under Trump s skin and cause him to break out in one of his bully rashes most recently Trump tweeted Lemon was the dumbest man on television also logged his best deliveries ever in total viewers (1. 105M) and the demo (399K), growing the most year to year of any CNN weekday primetime program. Another month, another ratings win for Fox News. Not only was Fox News the most-watched cable news network for the 191st consecutive month, but it topped the basic cable landscape for the 17th consecutive month in total day viewers. The network finished No. 2 in total prime time viewers in November 2017 behind juggernaut ESPN. The network posted double digit ratings declines in prime time versus, but that was to be expected, frankly, considering November 2016 was a month dominated by presidential election coverage. The ratings for November, 2017 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data): Prime time (Mon-Sun): 2,299,000 total viewers / 447,000 A25-54 Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,430,000 total viewers / 299,000 A25-54 Sean Hannity had the No. 1 show in cable news in total audience, and the second-most-watched show on all of cable for November, only ESPN s behind Monday Night Football.


Hannity was also No. 1 in the key A25-54 demo for the month if one excludes special programming (639,000 vs. 634,000 for Rachel Maddow ). But if one includes special programming, Hannity is No. 2 in the demo behind Maddow. Fox Friends continues to win the cable news morning show ratings race (193 straight months), and it s on pace to have the highest-rated in network history in its timeslot. In addition to Hannity, and F F, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Five, Special Report with Bret Baier, The Story with Martha MacCallum, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle all won their respective time slot in total viewers, and in the key A25-54 demo. Here are the top 5 cable news programs of the month in key measurements. This data excludes specials. Cable News Top 5 (Total Viewers) Hannity (3,157,000) Tucker Carlson Tonight (2,900,000) The Rachel Maddow Show (2,813,000) The Ingraham Angle (2,463,000) Special Report with Bret Baier (2,385,000) Cable News Top 5 (A25-54) Hannity (639,000) Rachel Maddow Show (634,000) Tucker Carlson Tonight (587,000) The Ingraham Angle (492,000) The Last Word with Lawrence O Donnell (477,000).

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