FOX News is Top-Rated Cable News Network for May

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May 29th, 2013

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FNC was the top-rated cable news network in Total Day and Prime for the month of May, beating CNN and MSNBC combined in Total Viewers in both dayparts, posting the highest-rated month since the 2012 election in total viewers. FNC has been the top cable news channel for nearly 140 consecutive months.

In all of cable, FNC was the number three most-watched advertiser supported network in both primetime and total day.

The other cable news channels were significantly lower rated. In primetime Total Viewers, CNN ranked 25th, HLN was 27th and MSNBC was 33rd. In Total Day, HLN came in 16th -- its first time as the number two cable news channel -- CNN came in 21st (tie) and MSNBC came in 32nd.

  • Total day cable news rankings: FNC #3; CNN #21 tie, MSNBC #32, HLN #16

 

 

MAY ’13 NIELSEN NUMBERS (7 day week, L+SD):

 

TOTAL DAY

FNC: 1,246,000 total viewers (236,000 in 25-54)

CNN: 465,000 total viewers (161,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 346,000 total viewers (115,000 in 25-54)

HLN: 494,000 total viewers (175,000 in 25-54)

 

PRIMETIME

FNC: 1,973,000 total viewers (308,000 in 25-54)

CNN: 660,000 total viewers (225,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 539,000 total viewers (175,000 in 25-54)

HLN: 624,000 total viewers (209,000 in 25-54)

 
  • Morgan Wick

    Ha ha, HLN beat CNN. Then again, that can probably be explained in two words starting with “J” and “A”.

  • Hillbilly

    Congrats to FNC. :)

  • Ralph Hahn

    Fox News did not just win the month of May in just 2+ and 25-54 demo numbers, they came in third of ALL of the cable TV programs. Of the other cable (ahem) ‘news’ channels, MSNBC brought up the rear in 32nd place. OUCH! That’s gotta hurt REALLY bad.

  • Michael

    Congrats FOX News , keep up the Good work
    and stand for GOOD

    At the End Truth , Honest, Good Will WIN

  • AppleStinx

    I’m surprised HLN didn’t finish higher.
    FNC likely had the top 13 programs in total viewers. With the weaker showing by Rachel Maddow, FNC may have had the top 10 in the A25-54 demo as well.

  • Cheryl Lynn

    you think CNN and MSNBC will EVER figure out the formula? They can email me and I will explain it to them in 3 simple words. Fair and Balanced. The American people have it figured out, but the over paid geniuses at \CNN & MSNBC have a defect where common sense should be in their brainbox.

  • Cheryl Lynn

    I am wondering why Rachel M is losing so many viewers. Did she marry her girfriend and break hearts?

  • DZ

    Yes, because cable TV is the only place people can get their news.

  • Andy

    Out of curiosity, I watched MSNBC today to see how many times it covered the Eric Holder press scandel and IRS cover-up. Zero. I must have blinked and missed it.

  • Raz

    I am wondering why Rachel M is losing so many viewers. Did she marry her girfriend and break hearts?

    I thought she was marrying a man, or last I heard.

  • SteveB

    Raz
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM
    I am wondering why Rachel M is losing so many viewers. Did she marry her girfriend and break hearts?

    I thought she was marrying a man, or last I heard.

    I think you Misunderstood… the Person marrying Rachel is Marrying a Man……

  • JetPro

    No new news here…LOL….

  • mary

    WHERE IS HILARY CLINTON HIDING?

  • Mark2

    May Total Average Viewers:

    #1 – NBC Nightly News = 7,974,000
    #2 – ABC World News = 7,245,000
    #3 – CBS Evening News = 6,154,000
    #4 – Fox Primetime News = 1,973,000

  • Ultima

    @Mark2

    Not that I’m debating that the broadcast networks are still top for the evening news, but you’re comparing apples to oranges.

    The evening news broadcasts should be compared to just The FOX Report, not the entire lineup (otherwise, you should be factoring in Datline, 20/20, etc. as well).

  • old Mike

    Raz

    Posted May 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I am wondering why Rachel M is losing so many viewers. Did she marry her girfriend and break hearts?

    I thought she was marrying a man, or last I heard.
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    Wikipedia has:

    Personal life

    Maddow lives in Manhattan and western Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula. The couple met in 1999, when Mikula hired Maddow to do yard work at her home. Maddow was working on her doctoral dissertation at the time. Their first date was at a National Rifle Association “Ladies’ Day on the Range” event.

  • Laurel

    CNN and MSNBC are unbelievable. They are constantly far below FOX and yet they really seem to care more about presenting their own one-sided view than they do about getting ratings. I really believe that the people who think FOX is biased are people who don’t watch FOX. I find that they consistently present ” both sides “. That’s why I watch.

  • Double d

    Take away the local lead and the nightly network news would be cut by half. Take away clearing the dinner plates and there probably would be no audience to speak of. LOL. Then take into consideration that they (network new broadcasts) are shown at the same time in each time slot and you get a different picture. O’reilly’s two showings at 8pm on east coast and 8pm on the west coast combine to about 4.5-5 million sometimes higher during the fall and winter months. Considering cable isn’t free and there are still some homes that don’t have it I would say it is about a tie or at least very close. Pretty sad if your a network news team or Mark who only gives one side of the story.

  • SIXFOR

    Mark2 grab any stats and arrange them anyway you want.

  • E.S.

    “Fox presents both sides.” More like “Fox presents both sides, but favors one over the other”

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