Fox News Crushes CNN And MSNBC In Ratings

Fox News scored another huge ratings victory last week, blowing past its competitors MSNBC and CNN. The network maintained it’s position as “King Of Cable” during the dramatic confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox crushed rivals in all demographics. The report states that, from October 1 through October 7, Fox News more than doubled the viewership of CNN and MSNBC in total viewers for both primetime and total daily viewers.

Hannity was the most watched cable show in the country averaging 4.4 million total viewers. Tucker Carlson Tonight and Ingraham Angle both clocked in with 3.7 million viewers.

A total of five Fox News shows averaged more viewers that MSNBC’s most watched cable news show.

Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle, The Five and Special Report with Bret Baier all beat The Rachel Maddow Show in total viewers.

Last week was also the highest rated week of the year for Fox News in total day viewers. Fox News also clocked in its highest rated Saturday in two decades with 3.3 million total viewers.

Despite the dramatic week, CNN was unable to crack into the top 5 for cable networks. CNN was beat by Home And Garden TV in total viewers and just barely bested The Hallmark Channel.

Here are the numbers provided by Fox News PR:

Basic Cable Top 5 – Primetime (P2+)

  1. FNC (3,474,000)
  2. ESPN (3,300,000)
  3. TBS (2,770,000)
  4. MSNBC (1,784,000)
  5. USA (1,119,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (P2+)

  1. FNC (2,042,000)
  2. ESPN (1,139,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,024,000)
  4. TBS (833,000)
  5. NICK (745,000)

Cable News Rankings (P2+)

  • FNC ranked #1 in primetime (3,474,000 P2+) and #1 in total day (2,042,000 P2+)
  • CNN ranked #7 in primetime (1,016,000 P2+) and #6 in total day (739,000 P2+)
  • MSNBC ranked #4 in primetime (1,784,000 P2+) and #3 in total day (1,024,000 P2+)

Cable News Ratings (A25-54)

  • FNC – Primetime (682,000) and Total Day (408,000)
  • CNN – Primetime (320,000) and Total Day (220,000)
  • MSNBC – Primetime (344,000) and Total Day (197,000)