When it comes to ratings, Fox News Channel remains the gold standard in cable news, reports Adweek’s TVNewser, which added that the network started 2019 “as it ended 2018, as the most-watched basic cable network in total day viewers.
“The network averaged 1.33 million viewers from across the 6 a.m. – 6 a.m. daypart, marking 31 consecutive months as the most-also released a statement … celebrating 17 consecutive years as the most-watched cable news network. FNC first became No. 1 in total viewers at the end of the Nielsen month in January 2002.”
The TVNewser report also stated that “Fox News also continued to beat CNN and MSNBC in total viewers, and also in the A25-54 measurement. FNC averaged 382,000 A25-54 viewers in January, topping CNN’s 363,000 and MSNBC’s 349,000.”
But, continued the report, “not all of the trends were positives. In fact, Fox News posted by far the most significant year-over-year ratings losses of cable news’ big three.”
In addition, TVNewser also reported that MSNBC was the second-most-watched network on cable television for the month of January and it posted +14 percent growth in total day and +6 percent growth in prime time vs. January 2018.
TVNewser stated: “Not only did NBCU’s politics-focused cable network post year-over-year total audience growth, but more Americans tuned into MSNBC for their late-night cable news fix than any other cable news network. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, MSNBC was No. 1 in total viewers during the 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. timeslots, anchored by Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Brian Williams, respectively.
“The Rachel Maddow Show was the No. 1 cable news program for the month of January across all relevant categories. TRMS averaged 3.29 million total viewers for the month, which is the largest total viewer delivery for a 9 p.m. show in the history of the network.”