Fox News Channel finished No. 1 in primetime among all cable networks for the third quarter — the first time it has done so since the Iraq war in the first quarter of ’03.
In FNC’s so-called “extended” primetime, 7-11 PM, the cable news network finished first in a quarter for the first time ever — besting ESPN, USA and TNT, though those networks don’t typically extend their primetime to 7 PM. FNC finished No. 3 for the quarter among cable networks for total day viewing, beat by Nickelodeon and Adult Swim.
In primetime, CNN climbed 2% in total viewers (553,000) and 3% in the demo (185,000); MSNBC dropped 3% in overall audience (552,000) and 21% in the demo (143,000) and HLN dropped 3% in overall audience (353,000) and 11% in the demo (353,000). FNC grew 10% in total viewers (1.777 million) and 11% in the demo (309,000).
Among FNC’s primetime talking points both The Kelly File and Hannity delivered their timeslots’ highest rated quarters in the news demo since the fourth quarter of ’12. Megyn Kelly’s show delivered the most growth of any program in cable news compared to the timeslot’s performance in third quarter ’13, 36% in overall crowd and 27% in the demo; Greta Van Susteren’s 7 PM show was up 16% in viewers and 11% in the news demo compared to third quarter ’13, And Bill O’Reilly logged a 6% growth in total viewers and 11% in the demo.