Despite a rocky year, Fox News comes out on top of the ratings – and then some

Fox News Channel came out on top in 2016 despite the rocky road that sometimes found the network on the wrong side of the news camera.

Plenty of off-air controversies that plagued Fox News in its celebratory 20th year on cable did not result is a loss of viewers, Adweek reported.

In a first for the network, Fox News was 2016’s most-watched basic cable network in prime time and total day.

“As we close out our 20th year, Fox News continues to redefine television news and break ratings records, proving it is indeed the most watched and most trusted television news source in the country,” said co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine.

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The network averaged 2.4 million total prime time viewers and 1.4 million total day viewers while being the fifth most-watched network in prime time, right behind broadcast networks  NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX.

Fox News Channel reaped the benefits of the highly active election season as its ratings continued to rise during campaign coverage. More viewers watched the presidential debate on Fox News than on any other network, and it was also the most-watched cable news network for election night coverage, according to Adweek.

The channel saw a 36 percent increase in total viewers in 2016 and programs in the daily lineup reached a yearly high.

Bill O’Reilly’s show was up 18 percent in total viewers as “The O’Reilly Factor” marked 15 consecutive years as the No. 1 show in cable news among total viewers. Sean Hannity saw an amazing 44 percent increase in total viewers in 2016 for his show “Hannity.”

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“The Kelly File” had its best year since its debut, and also saw an 18 percent increase in total viewers despite host Megyn Kelly’s many challenges through the year.

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