FOX News is Most-Watched Cable News Channel for Breaking News on Friday, May 31

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June 3rd, 2013


FOX News is Most-Watched Cable News Channel for Breaking News


FOX News Channel surpassed CNN and MSNBC during all dayparts (total day and prime) in total viewers and in the 25-54 demographic during another natural disaster breaking news event on Friday, May 31.  During the 8PM hour (when the tornado touched down in Oklahoma), FOX News Channel beat both CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers and in 25-54. See below for specific numbers:


8PM/ET – When the tornado touched down in OK:

FNC: 3,210,000 in P2+ (615,000 in 25-54)

CNN: 1,053,000 in P2+ (304,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 690,000 in P2+ (170,000 in 25-54)




  • NY Surfer Dude

    I’m not surprised.

  • susy

    I thought fox news didn’t do well during breaking news. They even beat the WEather Channel. Wow!

  • Laurence Glavin

    I was watching MSNBC at 7:00 pm Eastern time, and that channel and The Weather Channel became figuratively “joined at the hip”. Both are owned by NBCU, so for much of Friday night, if you used the last-channel-watched button on your clicker and boumnced from MSNBC and TWC, you’d see much the same thing. They also had video from a TV station in OKC that filled out the imagery.

  • Cinderella Carmichael

    I was watching foxnews and im a liberal and i search for news. i turned to watch MSNBC and it was a show about prisonlife. As a newcomer to this wonderful country, I don’t understand why conservatives get hard news and liberals get shows on criminals.

  • AniMatsuri

    The take over is complete. Used to be breaking news boosted cnn to the sky in ratings. No more. The crowds just stay with Fox News now.

  • AppleStinx

    It helped that Shep was doing his own program at 7pm and didn’t miss a beat preempting The Factor at 8pm. Sometimes breaking news have a way to find Geraldo Rivera on the air (e.g. news of Bin Laden’s demise).

  • Mark3

    Yaaaay fox! No competition. Cnn amd even worse msnbc. There the news equivalent to CW.

  • Mark3

    @cinderella. Foxnews by far is the best news. Ya msnbc has nothing on weekends and even tho fox is more republican they actually state facts. But they do have liberals on the network. Liberals never wanna admit that. They always say its a stupid republican network. Bill orielly is registered independent. Alan colmes hard core liberal. Bob beckal liberal. Juan williams liberal etc. Msnbc has ZERO republicans. All biast. 100 percent waaay left. Cnn is just a joke. Wolf blit is pretty good tho. But seems to smart to be on the failing cnn. Fox always wins in rarings for a reason. Actual reporting. When everyone is talking about three scandals in obama adm msnbc changes the subject talks about something completly different cuz they dont wanna talk about things that hurt there leader that they worship. But if u start hating fox then id suggest wolf on cnn …..but thats about it for cable. :)

  • Ralph Hahn

    I tell you. Shep Smith can go to any network he wants to and name his own salary.


    FOX’s coverage of the storm on Friday , for anyone who missed it, was incredible. One of best newcastings I’ve ever seen…

  • Theodora

    I used to watch MSNBC but they’re too conservative now. I like it when they are more liberal and give the man hell.

  • Graham

    I don’t see MSNBC being too Conservative now. I always turned it on at 4pm and left it there the whole night. Now I find it annoying. Rachel Maddow was bearable necause her team had some gret stories. However, It is long winded and Vhris Hayes is dreadful television. He might be OK with the Pedestrian Starbucks crowd but some personality is needed there. I now watch O’Reilly because the Dms on his show give as good as they get. I watch it through blue colored spectacles of course. This is the kind of show MSNBC desperately needs.

  • JTS

    Fox turned their lights on before CNN did you create skewed ratings for that too?


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