Fox News Channel Is Ratings King for 50th Straight Quarter

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It has led among news nets networks since early 2002

Fox News Channel continues to enjoy virtually unparallelled ratings success, this spring racking up its 50th consecutive quarter as the top dog in cable news.

With a winning streak that dates back to shortly after 9/11  — and spans 150 consecutive months — Fox has been the most popular news outlet just about any way you slice it. According to Nielsen, it is No. 1 in both primetime and total-day averages, and in both overall viewers and the key news demo of adults 25-54.

FNC also claims the 14 most popular news programs in total viewers and the top nine in adults 25-54 — led in both categories by “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File.” Outside of primetime, the list includes the late afternoon/early evening combo of “The Five” (pictured) and “Special Report With Bret Baier” as well as morning show “Fox and Friends.”

In preliminary Nielsen estimates for the second quarter that ended Sunday, FNC was averaging more viewers in primetime (1.602 million) than the combined totals of MSNBC (578,000), CNN (461,000) and HLN (338,000). The same held true in total-day numbers, with Fox News Channel at 945,000, followed by CNN (342,000), MSNBC (336,000) and HLN (246,000).

In adults 25-54, FNC won comfortably in primetime (267,000) over MSNBC (160,000), CNN (157,000) and HLN (125,000). And in total-day, its 190,000 towered over the tightly bunched CNN (105,000), HLN (104,000) and MSNBC (102,000).

None of the networks looked especially good in year-over-year comparisons, as the highly rated second quarter of last year was driven by coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings as well as the trials of George Zimmerman and Jodi Arias. CNN and HLN both lost about 30% of their primetime adults 25-54 viewership, while FNC and MSNBC were 16% lower.

FNC ranks as the sixth most popular cable network in primetime for the second quarter of 2014 (TNT tops the list). MSNBC is 29th, and CNN is 34th.

Fox News Channel launched in October 1996, but was in fewer than 20 million homes initially. It came of age following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and can now be seen in nearly 100 million homes.

Besides FNC, just about the only other cable network to be able to claim such ratings dominance is ESPN, which has had a monopoly on the sports world for decades.

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  1. JoelR says:

    Those looking to make “informed decisions” would not be looking at a channel that twists and distorts facts (and sometimes even out-and-out lies) like Fox. Here is the latest bit of “learning” from the network. The even-more-moronic-than-O’Reilly lackey John Watters had this to say about single women yesterday. (Honestly, I’m not making this up…only on Fox is such stupidity given credence.) “I call them the Beyonce voters, the ‘Single Ladies’ — Obama won the single ladies by 76 percent last time. And they made up about a quarter of the electorate, They depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands.” That last sentence made me want to hurl something at the TV! So yes…if you look to Fox for accuracy, balance, facts, fairness, or journalism, then you are indeed ignorant.

  2. john says:

    Proves the point. Less education, more ‘Fox Noise’. A stain on America.

  3. steve perry says:

    Being #1 in cable news is like being the champions of minor league baseball…they’re still in the minors. Cable news doesn’t even come close to Broadcast News when it comes to ratings and viewership:
    Top Evening News shows:
    #1 – NBC Nightly News w/Brian Williams = 9.40 million
    #2 – ABC World News w/ Diane Sawyer = 8.47 million
    #3 – CBS Evening News w/ Scott Pelley = 7.49 million
    …….FOX The Factor w/ Bill O’Reilly = 2.96 million

  4. Stephen says:

    Sad that our country is this ignorant. If Fox seems “balanced” to you, or even passes as “information”, it simply means you are part of the quire they are preaching to. They ring a bell with what you already thought/feared, then just lead you a little farther down that same path. If you aren’t already predisposed to their message, then it’s obvious right wing propaganda and 24 hours of opinion based “info-tainment”…not Journalism.

  5. mwvl11 says:

    You do realize that the reason they are No 1 is that every 1%-5% and all the wanna be’s leave their office and business tv on and tuned to Fox. I have many business associates who laugh about it over drinks at the club. Fox is a propaganda machine for the wealthy, just remember your history – give the masses something to fear and lie about it, use school yard tactics like calling the other person out for what you are actually doing. It is sad to see so many americans lost to machine that doesn’t give two sh$ts about them.

  6. DB says:

    Fox is definitely a mainstay in our home. This is the only news you can get where real journalism is involved and not placating the issues. They deserve to be # 1 not only because they’ve earned it but also because it is the only news organization where you can actually get a balanced account of the news. Keep on keeping on FOX.

    • JoelR says:

      Not placating??? THAT’S ALL THEY DO!!! You’ve seen THE FIVE. FOUR right-wingers and just one sleepy leftie. That is the Fox definition of “balanced.” (And apparently yours also.) There is NO real journalism at Fox.. Even MSNBC (biased in the other direction) at least tries to offer facts. Fox almost never does…or at least omits important information that doesn’t support their line.
      There’s trouble in Iraq and the Ukraine. Who’s there….Hannity? Gutfeld? Guilifoyle?? No, but CNN has Anderson Cooper there.. MSNBC also has someone there (forget the name).

      Do your own fact-checking. Based on mine, Hannity/Kelly/O’Reilly are the biggest offenders at twisting or leaving out information that doesn’t fit their propaganda.

      In short, Fox is NOT journalism or even a genuine news channel…they have declared WAR on journalism. There is also a documentary entitled OUTFOXED that you should probably view (just to be fair & balanced.)

      Otherwise, enjoy the Kool-Aid.

  7. This is a reflection of how collectively stupid Americans are. Faux Spews – expressing anger and victimization over the loss of absolute power and reframing it as persecution of real America by minorities, freeloaders and socialists. Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!!!

    • Wes says:

      Cry me a river…….. Come up with a better news program and I’ll watch it to. The numbers are clear…

      • JoelR says:

        Eminem sold more records in the past decade than The Beatles. So (according to your logic), his music is MUCH better. And TRANDFORMERS 4 is better than EDGE OF TOMORROW…according to numbers.

      • Stephen says:

        The numbers are a clear indictment of the American intellect. Try the BBC.

  8. Kenny says:

    The September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks?How’d I miss that?

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