Fox News has marked a major milestone by being the most-watched cable news channel for 16 consecutive years, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Fox continued to dominate the ratings in January, snagging four of the top five most watched shows on cable news. “Hannity” claimed the top spot with 3,269,000 total viewers, besting MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” which brought in 3,033,000 viewers. Fox rounded out the 3-5 spots with “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Ingraham Angle,” and “The Five.”
Overall, Fox averaged 1,494,000 total daytime viewers in January and 2,456,000 total primetime viewers. Comparatively, MSNBC averaged 1,001,000 daytime and 1,862,000 primetime viewers.
CNN finished third with less than one million viewers in either category, retaining 713,000 daytime viewers and 927,000 primetime viewers.
Fox News garnered 476,000 primetime viewers in the highly coveted adults 25-54 category, beating CNN’s 329,000 and MSNBC’s 412,000.
Despite Fox’s dominance, MSNBC has shown major growth over the past year. Compared to January 2017, MSNBC’s daytime viewership was up 45 percent and their total primetime viewership was up 51 percent.