FOX News Channel is Again Top-Rated Cable News Network for the Month of January

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January 29th, 2013

FNC again beat MSNBC and CNN in total day and primetime viewership and among adults 25-54 for the month of January. This most recent win marks 11 consecutive years of FNC's dominance as the #1-rated cable news network.   Please see below for more on FNC's January numbers.

 

JANUARY 2013 NIELSEN RATINGS (7 day week):

 

TOTAL DAY

FNC: 1,029,000 total viewers; (209,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 491,000 total viewers; (160,000 in 25-54)

CNN: 448,000 total viewers; (135,000 in 25-54)

 

PRIMETIME

FNC: 1,617,000 total viewers; (267,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 790,000 total viewers; (235,000 in 25-54)

CNN: 664,000 total viewers; (200,000 in 25-54)

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research

 
  • Doug

    No mention of the fact Fox hit a nearly half-decade low in total day viewership? Or that in January 2013, Greta Van Sustern hit a record low in the demo for her show? Hmmm……

  • Joseph

    All the cable news channels probably got a bump with the fiscal cliff and the inauguration.

    These networks get their best ratings in times of major breaking news.

  • 1966

    @doug
    doesn’t say alot for msnbc or cnn does it? hmmm…..

  • AppleStinx

    I imagine that Amanda may just set a record for number of new topics posted in one day on TVbtN. :grin:

  • Stephen

    Wow…FNC has more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined, both day and night!

  • GloriousEagle

    Yeah, Fox! The only legit news service in America and still going strong despite the left’s plots to censor it. Up yours, Obama!

  • Mark2

    Wow…MSNBC has really closed the gap in the key demo.

    Last year in Jan, Fox averaged over 500,000 key demo viewers, they have dropped all the way down to 267,000…that’s terrible.

  • TeekeeMon

    Facts left out of this report:

    January marked Fox News Channel’s lowest 25-54 demo delivery for Monday-Sunday Primetime and Sales Prime (M-Su 7p-2a) since August 2001.

    January was also the worst month ever for FNC’s On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren in the 25-54 demo. It was also Fox’s lowest total at 10 pm since July ’08.

  • Mark2

    Fox News had its worst primetime ratings in the coveted 25-54 demo since August 2001, and its lowest total day ratings since June 2008.

  • Mark2

    @TeekeeMon

    Yeah, this site always leaves important facts out…lol.

    “Fox News Sees Its Worst Ratings Since 2001″

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/fox-news-sees-its-worst-ratings-since-2001

  • Mark2

    Being that this site never posts the MSNBC Press Releases, I thought I’d post it:

    -MSNBC UP YEAR-OVER-YEAR IN ALL KEY DAYPARTS– JAN. 2013 RATINGS

    -MSNBC’s January Ratings Increases are Greater Than the Combined Cable News Competition

    -FOX News Channel Has Worst M-Su Primetime Performance Since August 2001, Lowest Total Day Since August 2008

    NEW YORK –January 29, 2013 –MSNBC is continuing the ratings momentum with a strong January 2013, posting year-over-year growth in all key dayparts, according to data from Nielsen.

    MSNBC ranked #2 in Total Day (M-Su 6a-6a) for the month with 491,000 total viewers and 160,000 A25-54. MSNBC grew in audience, while the other three cable news nets combined were down– compared to Jan. 2012, MSNBC is up 20% with A25-54 and 9% with total viewers. Fox News had the lowest total day delivery among A25-54 (209,000) since July 2008.

    In Sales Day (M-Su 6a-2a), MSNBC ranked #2 with 543,000 total viewers and 171,000 A25-54. Compared to Jan. 2012, MSNBC is up 16% with A25-54 and 8% in total viewers, more growth than all cable news channels combined.

    In Sales Prime (M-Su 7p-2a), MSNBC ranked #2 topping CNN by 21% among A25-54 (202,000 vs. 167,000) and by 19% among total viewers (616,000 vs. 518,000) for the month. MSNBC is up 4% with A25-54 compared to Jan. 12, while both CNN and Fox News are down. January 2013 marked Fox News Channel’s lowest A25-54 delivery (226,000) in Sales Prime since August 2001.

    MSNBC weekday primetime (M-F 8p-11p) ranked #2 in January with 949,000 total viewers and 247,000 A25-54. MSNBC was up 11% in the demo A25-54 from Jan. 2012, while the combined audience of the other three cable news nets was down.

    Following are MSNBC’s morning and primetime ratings highlights for January 2013:

    · “Way Too Early” (5:30-6:00 a.m. ET) ranked #2 in total viewers and A25-54 for the 7th consecutive month. “Way Too Early” is up 10% with A25-54 and 10% with total viewers compared to Jan. 2012.

    · “Morning Joe” (6:00-9:00 a.m. ET) beat CNN by 92% among A25-54 (177,000 vs. 92,000) and by 96% among total viewers (468,000 vs. 239,000). This is the 22nd consecutive month “Morning Joe” has topped CNN among total viewers and A25-54. Compared to Jan. 2012, “Morning Joe” is up 27% in A25-54 and 10% in total viewers, more growth than all cable news programs in the time period combined.

    · “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 5 p.m. ranked #2 in total viewers (965,000 vs. 741,000) and A25-54 (235,000 vs. 180,000) for the 16th consecutive month. “Hardball” is up 62% in A25-54 from Jan. 2012, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined and up 21% in total viewers compared to the same time last year.

    · “PoliticsNation” with Al Sharpton at 6 p.m. ranked #2 for the month topping CNN among A25-54 (216,000 vs.174,000) and total viewers (836,000 vs. 599,000) . “PoliticsNation” is up 32% among A25-54 from Jan. 2012, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    · At 7 p.m. “Hardball with Chris Matthews” beat CNN for the 18th consecutive month in total viewers (850,000 vs. 506,000) and among A25-54 (220, 000 vs. 163,000). “Hardball” at 7 p.m. is up 15% in A25-54 and 6% in total viewers compared to Jan. 2012.

    · “The Ed Show” at 8 p.m. topped CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” for the 15th straight month among A25-54 (226,000 vs. 183,000) and the 18th consecutive month among total viewers (988,000 vs. 604,000). This marks the 59th consecutive month MSNBC has beaten CNN at 8 p.m in total viewers. Compared to Jan. 2012, “The Ed Show” is up 23% with A25-54, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    · “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9 p.m. ranked #2 topping CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” by 84% among A25-54 (308,000 vs. 167,000) and by 70% among total viewers (1.09 million vs. 639,000). “Maddow” was also ranked #1 among the younger demo of A18-34. “Maddow” is up 32% in A25-54, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined, and up 11% in total viewers compared to Jan. 2012.

    · “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” (M-Th) ranked #2 at 10 p.m. beating CNN in A25-54 (238,000 vs. 207,000) and total viewers (888,000 vs. 615,000). MSNBC increased 31% with A25-54 from Jan. 2012, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined. “The Last Word” also increased 9% with total viewers from Jan. 2012, more growth than all cable news programs combined. January 2013 was the worst month ever for FNC’s “On the Record w/ Greta VanSusteren” among A25-54 and FNC’s lowest total viewer delivery at 10 p.m. since July 2008.

    · MSNBC is #1 in delivering African American viewers among cable news channels for the 36th consecutive month in M-Su Primetime.

    MSNBC’s daytime program highlights include:

    · MSNBC Daytime (M-F 9a-5p) ranked #2 among A25-54 for the month. Compared to Jan. 2012, MSNBC Daytime is up 88% with A25-54, 38% with total viewers and 81% with A18-34, more growth in the daypart than all cable news nets combined.

    · “The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd” at 9 a.m. ranked #2 with a 32% advantage over CNN in A25-54 (152,000 vs. 115,000) and a 28% lead among total viewers (496,000 vs. 387,000). “The Daily Rundown” was up 46% with A25-54 from Jan. 2012, posting the only cable news program growth in the hour. “Rundown” also ranked #1 among 18-34 for the month.

    · “Jansing and Company” at 10 a.m. ranked #2 among both total viewers and A25-54 (139,000 vs. CNN’s 121,000) for the month. “Jansing” also ranked #1 among the younger demo of A18-34. Compared to Jan. 2012, “Jansing” was up 60% in A25-54, posting the only cable news program growth in the hour.

    · “MSNBC Live” with Thomas Roberts at 11 a.m. ranked #2 among A25-54 with a 16% advantage over CNN (136,000 vs. 116, 000) and also ranked #1 among the younger demo of A18-34. Compared to Jan. 2012, “MSNBC Live” is up 74% in A25-54, more growth than any other cable news program and up 32% in total viewers, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    · At noon, “NOW with Alex Wagner” ranked #2 in total viewers and had a 32% advantage over CNN among A25-54 (164,000 vs. 124,000). Compared to Jan. 2012, “NOW” is up 116% in A25-54 and 46% in total viewers, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    · “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1 p.m. ET ranked #2 in A25-54 with a 21% advantage over CNN (150,000 vs. 124,000) and ranked #1 with the younger demo of A18-34. Compared to Jan. 2012, “Mitchell” is up 100% with A25-54 and 38% in total viewers, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    · At 2 p.m., “NewsNation with Tamron Hall” ranked #2 in A25-54 (141,000 vs. 132,000). “NewsNation” is up 78% with A25-54 and 23% with total viewers compared to Jan. 2012, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    · “The Cycle” at 3 p.m. ranked #2 among A25-54 with a 56% advantage over CNN (140,000 vs. 134,000). Compared to Jan. 2012, MSNBC was up 56% with A25-54 and 7% with total viewers, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    · “Martin Bashir” at 4 p.m. ranked #2 with Total Viewers. Compared to Jan. 2012, MSNBC was up 102% with A25-54 and 41% with total viewers, more growth than all cable news programs in the hour combined.

    MSNBC’s weekend highlights include:

    · “Up w/Chris Hayes” on Saturdays (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.) increased 7% with A25-54 and 17% with total viewers from Jan. 2012, while FNC and CNN were down by double digits from last year.

    · “Melissa Harris-Perry” on Saturdays (10 a.m. – noon) increased 38% among A25-54 and 17% with total viewers compared to Jan. 2012, more growth than all cable news programs in the time period combined.

    · “Weekends with Alex Witt” on Saturdays from noon – 2 p.m. ranked #1 with A18-34. “Witt” is up 15% in total viewers from Jan. 2012, posting the only cable news program growth in the time period.

    · “Up w/Chris Hayes” on Sundays (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.) ranked #2 topping CNN by 52% among A25-54 (157,000 vs. 103,000). “Up” Sundays also ranked #1 among A18-34 for the month. Compared to Jan. 2012, “Up” increased 30% in A25-54, posting the only cable news program growth in the time period.

    · “Melissa Harris-Perry” on Sundays (10 a.m. –noon) ranked #2 topping CNN by 21% among A25-54 (156,000 vs. 130,000). “MHP” also ranked #1 among A18-34. Compared to Jan. 2012, “MHP” is up 95% in A25-54 and 41% with total viewers, posting the only cable news program growth in the time period.

    · MSNBC ranked #1 in A25-54 in Weekend Sales Prime (Sa/Su 7p-2a), topping CNN by 135% (223,000 vs. 99,000) and FNC by 138% (223,000 vs. 98,000). MSNBC is up 15% with A25-54 from Jan. 2012, more growth than all cable news channels combined.

    · Among younger viewers A18-34, MSNBC Longform ranks #1 in Weekend Sales Prime (Sa/Su 7p-2a) for the 51st consecutive month.

  • RJ

    You people are morons. The site doesn’t LEAVE out stuff. These are PRESS RELEASES. The purpose is to make your numbers look even better. Either know what you are talking about or don’t post.

  • 1966

    this doesn’t say much for msnbc

  • USAmerica1st

    @RJ U R correct. A very balanced approach here at TVBTN.

  • AppleStinx

    Congratulations, Fox News Channel! Home of Fair and Balanced. :smile:

  • HowardBeale

    @Mark2 That was a laugher spitting out a press release in a space meant for your opinion. Yes, TVBTN is so censored you get to blab this swill in your comment.

    The press release should read: “MSNBC: We don’t suck as bad as we once did. At the current rate of growth, we should reach have the viewership of Fox News by 2018. And that, despite the fact that Fox News has dropped in audience to its lowest level since 2001.

    “MSNBC: Less sucky. Leaving rock bottom now!”

  • Ralph Hahn

    This article is about the numbers of the cable news channels during the MONTH of January, 2013. Any one-day drop would certainly not be mention, because FOX made it for it elsewhere during the month. You anti-FOX people are nothing by whiners.

  • mike

    Algore’s former “news” network was averaging 18,000 viewers during the day time. The oil Sheiks of All Jazzerra overpaid.

  • AppleStinx

    Weekends sink FNC in both total day and A25-54 demo, and lifts MSNBC considerably in the demo. Weekends in this January have been just awful for FNC.

  • Joshua

    These are also the statistics for old, white, fat, rich people who live boring lives. Who cares?

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