BE­LIEVE IT: FOX NEWS TOPS THE RAT­INGS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

It has been sug­gested that there’s is a “war” on against Fox News as the net­work com­pletes crit­i­cal per­son­nel changes and launches new pro­gram­ming. Cer­tainly crit­ics hope view­ers are un­der the impression that Fox is suf­fer­ing in the rat­ings.

But they are not, and this is in­dis­putable. The net­work still rules. For the 22nd week in a row, Fox News re­mains the most­watched ca­ble net­work of all, best­ing HGTV, USA and TBS, say the lat­est Nielsen Me­dia Re­search find­ings. Ad­di­tion­ally, Fox News pro­grams made up 15 of the top 30 tele­casts on ba­sic ca­ble.

And no mat­ter what you might hear about rat­ings minu­tiae, Fox News out­ranked both MSNBC and CNN in prime time, draw­ing 2.2 mil­lion view­ers com­pared to MSNBC’s 1.3 mil­lion and CNN’s 1.1 mil­lion. Fox also tri­umphed when break­ing news about ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Lon­don ter­ror emerged: Fox News was the No. 1 ca­ble news net­work Satur­day evening with 2.1 mil­lion view­ers; CNN gar­nered 1.2 mil­lion and MSNBC a telling 628,000 view­ers.

“Fox News is still strong de­spite the tur­moil,” says Jeff McCall,a DePauw Univer­sity com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­fes­sor, in an op-ed for the In­di­anapo­lis Star.

“For all the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Fox News Chan­nel in re­cent months, one could con­clude the chan­nel is in rat­ings trou­ble. Sur­pris­ingly, how­ever, the net­work’s prime time au­di­ence in May was 11 per­cent higher than for May 2016,” Mr. McCall con­tin­ues.

“MSNBC and CNN have seen even larger growth, but those gains have not come at the ex­pense of Fox. MSNBC, in par­tic­u­lar, has ex­panded its au­di­ence with a laser­like fo­cus on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s daily dra­mas. The ques­tion for MSNBC now is whether the anti-Trump fer­vor that fu­eled its rat­ings gains has stay­ing power.”

FOX NEWS

Fox News Sun­day host Chris Wal­lace is among the net­work’s an­chors en­joy­ing in­creased rat­ings. De­spite tur­moil, Fox tops its com­pe­ti­tion.

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