Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Fox News Cruises To Big February Ratings Win
Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity crushed the cable news competition in February, finishing first with an average audience of 3.3 million total viewers. February marked Hannity's fifth straight month as the unrivaled King of Cable News, maintaining a wide lead over MSNBC rival Rachel Maddow, who finished the month in third place overall, according to Forbes.
Maddow, who led MSNBC to record ratings in 2017, delivered a total audience of 2.874 million viewers in February. Maddow finished behind FNC's Tucker Carlson, who took second place overall with 3.144 million total viewers. In the advertiser-coveted demographic of viewers 25-54, Hannity led (711,000) followed by Carlson (650,000) and Maddow (641,000).
Fox News had four of cable news' top five programs, with Laura Ingraham's The Ingraham Angle finishing fourth, and Special Report with Bret Baier taking fifth. Fox News also won the 11 p.m. hour, where Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream had an average audience of 1.5 million viewers, edging out MSNBC's The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
Fox News Channel has led all basic cable networks for 20 consecutive months and has been the most-watched cable news network in total day and in prime time for 194 months straight, finishing February with an average total audience in prime time of 2.8 million, down 3% from February 2017.
MSNBC, meanwhile, was the only cable news network to grow year-over-year, climbing 23% overall and 21% in prime. CNN had significant declines in February, with ratings dropping 19% in total day and 16% in prime, where the network returned an average audience of 979,000 total viewers--behind MSNBC (1.805 million) and Fox News (2.766 million).
MSNBC has now beaten CNN in prime for 12 consecutive months among viewers 25-54 and 15 consecutive months among all viewers.
Posted 3:22:00 AM