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Three days after Fox News scored a massive ratings win thanks to President Donald Trump’s most explosive coronavirus task force briefing yet, it scored an even bigger ratings victory thanks to the president’s decidedly most important briefing.

On Thursday, the network reportedly drew in a high of 6.4 million viewers as the president laid out his three-phase plan for reopening the country.

Thanks to the widely watched briefing, FNC scored “6.4 million viewers overall and an equally impressive 1.29 million in the coveted 25-54 age demographic,” according to Mediaite.

“Even Fox News’ second hour of coronavirus briefing coverage, which was mostly reserved for media questions, pulled in an eye-popping 5.15 million overall and 1.09 million in the demo.”

This despite CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter’s claim that the timing of the president’s briefings — mainly the early evening hours — make “lower overall ratings” unavoidable:

Fox’s total day performance was as equally impressive.

“That tentpole media moment helped Fox News top ratings across the board on Thursday, pulling in 2.99 million overall and 575,000 demo viewers in total day and 4.54 million overall and 781,000 in the demo during primetime,” Mediaite added.

Amazingly, CNN managed to score second place with 1.61 million viewers total during the day and 2.18 million viewers during primetime.

Unlike FNC, however, the far-left network has for some inexplicable reason kept pulling out of the president’s briefings and/or distorting them with hysterical chyrons.

Fox’s ratings successes come as CNN has ramped up its attack on the network, with its various hosts and “journalists” decrying FNC as “state TV” and accusing it of allowing certified doctors to share alleged “misinformation” to the public.

On Friday, for instance, the network ran a piece slamming FNC for allowing Drs. Mehmet Oz, Drew Pinsky, Phil McGraw to share their contrarian but still arguably valid views on the coronavirus pandemic.

Their views have mainly been that the government ought to be careful about the ongoing lockdowns because of the unfactored risks they pose.

Take Dr. Phil, who appeared Thursday on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle.

“This is invisible,” he said of the dangers of prolonging the ongoing lockdowns. “I can’t show you an X-ray of depression. I can’t show you an X-ray of anxiety. But the fact of the matter is, the longer this lockdown goes on the more vulnerable people get and it’s like there’s a tipping point.”

“There’s a point at which people start having enough problems in lockdown that it will actually create actually more destruction and actually more death across time than the actual virus will itself.”

In other words, the “cure” has the potential of being more harmful than the disease.

Case in point:

His remarks triggered anti-Fox criticism from CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy, whose Twitter feed seems to constantly mention the competing network.

Look:

Classical liberal commentator Tim Pool recently noted that these days CNN seems to act more like its the “Fox News review channel” versus an actual news channel.

Look:

Vivek Saxena

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