Alert! Fox News, ‘Hannity’ Still Dominate Cable News Over MSNBC, CNN

August 15th, 2019 10:22 AM

Alert! The good news continues to roll in for the Fox News Channel, which was the most-watched basic cable television network across total day and primetime viewing during the week of August 5-11, a feat FNC has accomplished for 31 consecutive weeks.

In addition, August 7's Hannity delivered a 3.3 million total and 546,000 in the coveted demographic of viewers from 25 to 54 years of age as a result of Hannity's absolutely bonkers throwdown with 2020 Democratic candidate and socialist New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In those two categories, that interview outpaced CNN’s latest show trial on gun control, which was way behind with 1.2 million viewers and 284,000 in the age demographic.

According to a press release, the channel delivered 1.3 million total viewers and notched 240,000 in the 25-54 demo during the week, slamming the competition in primetime. As a result, FNC yet again topped MSNBC and the scandal-ridden CNN.

With ratings gathered by Nielsen, Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. on June 10-16, while MSNBC finished second with an average of 1.5 million.

However, the new result comes as no surprise since FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 17 consecutive years in nearly 90 million homes while routinely notching the top 10 programs in the genre.

Joining Fox News in the top five cable channels in primetime are MSNBC, HGTV, TLC and USA Network.

As for CNN, the slow-sinking ship averaged only 744,000 and came in at 14th place. Sad!

In total day ratings, FNC is still number one, followed by MSNBC, Nickelodeon, HGTV and CNN in fifth.

Cable news rankings have Fox News at the top of the list, with MSNBC coming in second and CNN as number eight.

FNC remained the most-watched cable news network in both total day and primetime with Tucker Carlson Tonight ranking the highest-rated show that day in cable news with an audience of 3.5 million and 557,000 in the age bracket.

Going back to the Jeffrey Zucker-run circus, CNN experienced a 72 percent decrease in total viewers and a 74 percent drop in the demo following their July 30 and 31 Democratic presidential debates.

In the 11:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot (which closes out live programming for all three networks until the early morning hours), FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream beat MSNBC’s 11th Hour (hosted by Lyin' Brian Williams) during 19 of the previous 20 weeks (and, of course, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon).

Also on that Friday, the August 9 edition of FNC’s flagship morning program -- FOX & Friends -- dominated CNN’s New Day and MSNBC’s Morning Joe each hour from 6 a.m. to 9 o’clock combined in the demo with the CNN show being the lowest rated cable news program period.

As NewsBusters previously reported, this downward turn for CNN is not a new thing for the former Journalistic titan. Will the "news" network ever reverse the downward spiral?