Fox News ratings crush all others in 2013; no comment from Media Matters

Fox News Channel keeps on keeping on, crushing its liberal cable counterparts in the 2013 ratings game and vindicating conservatives across the nation.

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Photo Credit: Variety

According to the newest Nielsen data, Fox News “remains the ratings champ,” in both daytime and primetime with more viewers than the combined averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN,” Variety reported.

So, Media Matters recent declaration that the ‘War on Fox News is over . . . we won,’ just seems downright silly, doesn’t it?

Specifically, the article noted:

According to Nielsen data through Dec. 8, Fox News Channel averaged 1.774 million viewers in primetime (down 13% from 2012) and 297,000 adults 25-54 (down 30%). It was followed by MSNBC with 645,000 viewers and 203,000 adults 25-54 (down 29% in both); CNN with 578,000 (down 15%) and 187,000 adults 25-54 (down 16%); and HLN with 403,000 total viewer (up 21%) and 142,000 in the demo (up 27%).

Among all basic cable networks in 2013, FNC ranked sixth in primetime while MSNBC was 29th and CNN was 31st. In total day, Fox ran fourth while CNN was 28th and MSNBC ran 30th; in 2012, CNN finished behind MSNBC. CNN and HLN showed some year-over-year gains on a total-day basis, while FNC and MSNBC were down.

Fox and CNN both made some significant changes to their lineup in 2013, with FNC’s revamped primetime lineup, introduced on Oct. 7, posting gains in both total viewers and adults 25-54 vs. the block’s 2013 season-to-date average. The newest program, “The Kelly File” with Megyn Kelly, has improved the 9 p.m. hour by 23% in total viewers and 13% in adults 25-54, and “The O’Reilly Factor” is the top show in cable news (2.78 million, 439,000 adults 25-54).

Also of note outside of primetime, “The Five” (5-6 p.m. ET) and “Red Eye” (3-4 a.m. ET) had their most-watched years to date.

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  • Arlene Teresa DeVito

    love fox news

  • fatmababy105

    Way to go, Fox News is the best.

  • Teresa

    I love me some Sean Hannity

  • SusieQ

    Liberal networks live in a fantasy world spinning and making up stories to suit themselves. A lot of people are now catching on, about time.

    • EliseR
      • Fed Up

        You totally miss the point. ER. Just keep embracing the Agenda. You’ll find out soon enough what that point is. Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler…………get it?

        • chrisnfolsom

          get that you don’t know your history, or just like bringing up different leaders – what does Hitler and Pol Pot, or Mao have in common? You would fail in the association part of the IQ test.

          • Pete Bohnhof

            Here are the FACTS: if you like and defend Obama, then you clearly hate America, as Obama has shown his disdain for this country repeatedly. He data mines without warrants, he spies on and intimidates news agencies, he supports the Muslim Brotherhood, he ignored please for help from an ambassador & his security detail, he thinks he is a better “killer” by ordering drone strikes, he supports the murder of innocent children, I could go on, but there is no point, if you hate this country so much just leave, go somewhere else, don’t try to screw it up for the rest of us, simply out of spite. Leave, you are not welcome or wanted here.

      • lildebrarae

        So sorry but the ‘errors’ keep disappearing so I had to use Michelle Malkin (who posted screen savers proving Politifact keeps LYING)!

        But then Politifact is known for back tracking on their lies. Just like they ‘back tracked’ on their backing of Obama’s LIE that if you ‘liked’ your plan you could keep your plan.

        So I really have to call your links ‘dubius’ at best, as Politifact keeps ‘screwing up’ these days.

    • chrisnfolsom

      This is so crazy as I though Faux News has Romney Winning the Presidency, and that it is a “Fact” that Santa is white – interesting facts…and they had a bafoon they had to send off to pasture (Beck) among many more. I am not sure what “Liberal network” fantasy’s you are talking about although I know all of them(us) make mistakes, but few say “fair and balanced” and then have high level meetings talking about aligning with the Republican message….and can be show to do that (same talking points) over and over and over. Maygen is one of the prettiest gals on TV though – more legs would be nice 😉

    • Secular Antitheist Liberal

      The demographics for Fox News explains it’s popularity. Viewers are 85-90yrs old & fall asleep in front of TV tuned to Fox. TV is never turned off! LOL

      • SusieQ

        Just like the “networks” you favor, making up information for the zombie crowd. Can’t get enough of the nothingness. Have at it who cares. The more popular Fox gets the more berserk you guys get, it is kinda funny to watch. LOL

  • Iron Tub

    Way to go Fox news!!

  • EliseR

    Everyone slows down to watch a train wreck.

    • 19Robes50

      These facts REALLY bother you EliseR, don’t they?

      • EliseR

        Nope, I am a big fan of facts. FOX news is a big fan of drama.

        • 19Robes50

          Can you really define, “Facts”?
          Such as, have you actually seen Obama’s birth certificate? You know, the one with the embossed seal of the state in which he was allegedly born?

          Yeah… Let’s start with that fact.

        • 09dogg38

          Obviously you wouldn’t know a real fact if you tripped over a bucket of them.Useful idiots like you have kept the regime in power.Enjoy it while you can.

        • lildebrarae

          Suuuuuuuuuuuure you are!

  • Freeman1776

    who is “FNC”???

    • 09dogg38

      Fucking news channel.Switch it off the fantasy network once in a while just to see what’s really happening.

  • cstrasburger

    Interesting article and numbers. Seemingly the reason some of their numbers being down, relates to the idiots on the certifiably insane left, due to people tuning out to some degree, because they are sick of it all. Tired of the left projecting their insanity on the Repubs when they all know who the liars are. Sick of the fighting, sick of the deceit at the highest levels. This could be good or bad, and we won’t know until 2014.

  • seazen

    Big deal. People are actually running away from all the tedious TV shows and turning to other sources. So those left affixed to their televisions are those with nothing better to do.

  • Olympia Russo

    Been watching The Factor since 911
    The Truth Is The Truth Spin Zone
    Way to Go Guys

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