Fox News Channel marked its 65th consecutive quarter as the most watched cable news channel in both total day and primetime. MSNBC, meanwhile, was the only cable news network showing growth in both compared to same quarter last year, in total day and in primetime.
In total day, FNC also led all of basic cable in total viewers, notching seven quarters in a row as the highest-rated basic cable network in the daypart.
During 2018’s first quarter, FNC averaged 1.45 million viewers and 300K in the news demo in total day – a 16% slip in both. In primetime, FNC clocked a cable news crowd leading 2.48M viewers and 494K news demo viewers – dropping 13% and 14%, respectively.
MSNBC logged 1.01M viewers in total day; 221K in the news demo – spiking 30% and 21%, respectively. CNN averaged 713K total day total viewers; 232K in the news demo, declining 13% and 12%, respectively.
MSNBC’s primetime bagged 1.86M viewers – up 30% – and 405K news-demo viewers – a 20% gain. CNN’s primetime snagged an average of 985K viewers, and 341K news-demo viewers, slipping 17% and 16%, respectively.
In total viewers, the top cable news programs for the quarter: Hannity (3.2M), Rachel Maddow Show (3.0M), and FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (2.91M), The Ingraham Angle (2,49M), and Special Report with Bret Baier (2.36M)
In the news demo, Maddow’s show (664K) edged out Hannity (662K), followed by Carlson (586K), Ingraham (505K), and MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (492K).
More to come…