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Fox News dominates cable news ratings. Look who’s a distant third

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Rachel Maddow had her run, but Thursday’s Nielsen ratings are proving once again that Fox News is the cable news King.

Not only did all of Fox News’ primetime shows lead their respective hours in total viewers, they also led in the coveted, advertiser-key 25-54 demographic. The Maddow-led MSNBC finished runner-up in the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. hours with around 2 million average total viewers, Mediaite reported.

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The primetime hours saw Fox News average 3.465 million viewers overall and 719,000 in the key 25-54 demographic while MSNBC had 2.56 million total viewers and 571,000 in the demo. A distant third? “Fake News” CNN, of course, with a mere 1.133 overall viewers and 401,000 in the key demo.

Daytime viewership followed a similar trend, with Fox News bringing in 1.791 million viewers and MSNBC attracting 1.166 million. CNN again finished third with 721,000 total viewers.

And the trophy goes to:

The number one cable news show was Fox News’ “Hannity” which easily crushed the competition with a hefty 3.874 million viewers, including its MSNBC timeslot competitor, “The Rachel Maddow Show.” To her credit, Maddow did finish a respectable third overall with 3.036 viewers.

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Right after “Hannity,” Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” finished second overall with 3.593 million viewers, including 715,000 in the key demographic, easily beating “All In with Chris Hayes” and its 2.049 million viewers.

In the 10 p.m slot, “The Ingraham Angle” and “The Last Word” on MSNBC had around 2.5 million viewers each, with CNN again a distant third at 1.063 million.

And the domination didn’t end in prime time, as Fox News’ 5 p.m. offering, “The Five,” eclipsed its competition with 2.664 million total viewers, more than MSNBC and CNN combined.

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Scott Morefield


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